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Author Archive: Barbara Roberts

Three Nasty Things (some) Women are Saying About Naghmeh — by Natalie, at Visionary Womanhood

This brilliant post by Natalie over at Visionary Womanhood, analyses the different negative and judgemental things that bystanders are saying about Nahgmeh Abedini. Three Nasty Things (some) Women are Saying About Naghmeh Spot on, Natalie! You’ve hit it out of the park!

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There is a virus of bad theology in the church — an analogy with Hepatitis C

I used to have Hepatitis C. The Hep C virus rarely kills you. Most sufferers die with it, but not of it. It only causes death in a few cases where the infection so afflicts the liver that the person gets liver cancer or full-blown cirrhosis. Being a heavy drinker increases the risk of getting Hep-C-related cirrhosis …

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Articles on Naghmeh Abedini, who is bravely exposing the abusive behaviour of her husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini

Naghmeh Abedini is bravely exposing her husband Saeed Abedini’s abusive behaviour. We haven’t yet had time to write our own post on the Abedini case. But here are some articles on it which we recommend. Chad Estes: Welcome Home Saeed. We are sorry, but there won’t be a parade (scroll down to part three of this post, …

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The Myth of “Stockholm Syndrome” and other labels which are used to discredit and pathologize victims of abuse

Why examine “Stockholm Syndrome”? It is both a cliché and an accepted “clinical” reality, a received truth. It reveals a style of theorizing the oppressed, as submissive and deficient, as in need of instruction, correction, as participants in their own oppression. It supports a host of related notions that are widely in use today.  — Dr …

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How do we know the difference between God’s conviction and self doubt?

How do we know the difference between God’s conviction and self doubt? It seems like everytime I get the courage to walk away from this, immediately I get scared, I feel like I’m doing the wrong thing, I question if it’s right, I feel sorry for him (especially if he’s being nice) etc. This seems …

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Blessings and Woes from the Politically and Spiritually Incorrect Lord Jesus Christ, and Naming Names

Obviously the title is tongue in cheek. Jesus was never spiritually incorrect. But in many churches today he would be deemed so if he opened his mouth. They’d love him while he was saying blessings, but if he pronounced “woe to you” they would try to shut him down. Blessed are you who are poor, because the kingdom …

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