Tag Archive for abuse

When Forgiveness Looks Different for Everyone

By Jessica Newsome   I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what forgiveness means. To be honest, the word enrages me.  When I grew up, forgiveness meant “restoration”—which frankly, meant abuse. It meant that church leaders who tried to cast demons out of my friends suffering from eating disorders were above reproach. It meant the church members who emotionally,… Read more →

How to Help a Friend Experiencing Domestic Violence

By Jessica Newsome   I wish that I could tell you that this was the first—or the second, third—time that I have written about domestic violence. If I never have to answer another phone call from a friend who says, “He would never hit me, but…” it’ll be too soon. This is an edited version of an email I wrote… Read more →