An Open Letter to Survivors of Abuse

Dear survivors of abuse, What happened to you was not your fault. You are not to blame. You did not deserve it. You did not ask for this. You should not be silenced. You are not worthless. You do not have to pretend like nothing […]

Helping Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Children can experience trauma from a variety of experiences, including neglect, physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, death of a loved one, bullying, racial trauma, sickness, and more. Trauma occurs when children are exposed to an experience perceived as threatening or harmful and respond with intense fear that affects them physically, emotionally, and spiritually.   The compassionate and […]

Trauma, Children, and God

Children can experience trauma from a variety of experiences, including neglect, physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, death of a loved one, bullying, racial trauma, sickness, and more. Trauma occurs when children are exposed to an experience perceived as threatening or harmful and respond with intense fear that affects them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The compassionate and […]

Grace Motivates and Other Things I Wish I’d Known…

About Leadership Grace is not the opposite of strong leadership, but the heart of it. This is important for leadership in all realms, and especially in ministry. Insecure leaders worry about power dynamics and control. They worry about losing. Or as my friend Steve Brown […]

Order Bundle: God Made Me In His Image

Lindsey and I wrote our second children’s book, God Made Me In His Image: Helping Children Appreciate Their Bodies. In a society overflowing with negative messages about physical appearance and personal worth, children’s body image is an urgent issue. Parents get to encourage children to […]

God, Grace, and Suffering

I had the privilege of teaching for the Key Life radio broadcast. The series is “God, Grace, and Suffering” and we look at three psalms: Ps. 18, Ps. 22, and Ps. 55. Is it my fault? You save me from violence (Psalm 18) Have you ever wondered […]

Are You Prepared to Minister to Those Suffering Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is extremely prevalent and damaging, but frequently hidden. Intimate partner violence is pervasive in U.S. society. One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Nearly three out of four of Americans personally know someone who is or has been […]

The Importance of Being Believed for Sexual Abuse Victims

Social psychology research on attitudes toward sexual assault has demonstrated that individuals in our society hold many prejudices about and negative views of sexual assault victims. Thus, victims often suffer not only from the trauma of the assault itself but also from the effects of these […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Books and articles on protecting children, training them, and caring for abused children. The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the U.S. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and […]