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Personality Disorders in the Church: Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Part 2 of 5)

Author’s Note: Please read “Part 1: Introduction” for the context of this post. Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Part 3: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder Part 4: Paranoid Personality Disorder Part 5: How to Handle Personality Disorders in the Church — “I know just what it is,” the pediatrician said kindly, smiling at the small […]

A Sensitive Topic: Personality Disorders in the Church (Part 1 of 5)

Author’s Disclaimer: This is a topic easy to abuse. “Let’s label people with a disorder so we can kick them out of church leadership!” No, that’s not the purpose of this series. But I have found the information I’m sharing here so personally liberating—and so helpful a framework in explaining various cult leaders I have […]

Lies that Bind

Behind my parents’ house in Southern Maine sprawls a large stand of blackberry bushes. You can go there in August and fill a pail with blackberries the size of your thumb. If you go, you’ll see last year’s brown, thorn-studded canes jutting like broken arms among today’s giraffes of greener growth. I used to spend […]

“Crock-Pot” Trauma: Spiritual Abuse and Recovery

Snow melted from my boots and formed a spreading stain on the carpet. Outside, a foot of fresh powder lay untroubled by tracks. The University had cancelled classes for the day but I had several time-sensitive matters to attend to. So I drove in on slush-greased roads to my basement office in southern Maine. A […]