The Abuse Embedded in Church Culture

If the news over the last two years has taught us anything at all, it’s that political corruption is intentional. It’s not an accident.  The packaging claims they are appointed to serve their constituents. But, the packaging has been ripped off and we now know that’s not true. Politicians are…

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"Abuse Isn't Always Visible" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Abuse Isn’t Always Visible

Abuse isn’t always visible. Especially spiritual abuse. Here’s a question: Is being controlled the same as being abused? I cartoon and write a lot about spiritual abuse. Most of the members of my online community “The Lasting Supper: Help Yourself!” are survivors of spiritual abuse. They are helping themselves heal……

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Yes, You Can Envision, Plan, and Make Your Escape!

Buy the ORIGINAL or PRINTS of this Sophia drawing, or get my book The Liberation of Sophia that has all 59 drawings and meditations. Envision, Plan, and Make Your Escape (Before I begin, I want to make a very clear disclaimer: There are some, especially women, who are in extremely…

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"A Subtle Abuse" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Ten Subtle Ways You Could Be Abused

I know “abuse” is being discussed a lot these days. Spiritual abuse is becoming a more recognized reality even in psychology circles. Religious PTSD is a newly recognized and legitimate field of study and therapy. Some might say that I’m using the word “abuse” too liberally because they would claim…

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Sophia "Escape" by nakedpastor David Hayward

May it become clear when you should make your escape!

[You can get this Sophia print and others HERE! I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on ALL MY ART with code ‘shipit‘!] This is the text from this Sophia image, “Escape”, from my book, The Liberation of Sophia. You can order the book HERE. There are 59 images and meditations. So many…

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Bullies and Blindness: an analysis of the interview between Justin Blaney and Justin Dean

I took the hour required to watch this video. It wasn’t long into it when I realized I needed to be taking notes. This is important! It became obvious that, for many, Mars Hill is still a lesson waiting to be learned. Dr. Paul Tripp, who headed up the Board…

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Sophia drawing "Escape" by David Hayward nakedpastor

How to escape from an abusive relationship

If you are in an abusive relationship of any kind… employment, school, boyfriend/ girlfriend/ spouse, church, friendship, family… any kind… then read this. More importantly, get the book! It will help you. This selection, “Escape”, describes how Sophia did it, which is a metaphor for the way I did it.…

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first step to heal yourself

I believe more and more that we are going to have to learn to heal ourselves. So… the first step to healing yourself from spiritual abuse is always the most difficult. This is because the underlying assumption of the abuser is that it is necessary for you to be under…

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