July 11, 2018

So many women* have suffered hurt and harm at the hands of an abusive husband only to be further shamed and damaged when they present to their church for help.

Talking with a victim about the trauma of their domestic abuse is the equivalent of undertaking interpersonal...

July 10, 2018

Zac is a great preacher. He is young and a little goofy. He is nerdy in a fun way, for example he used a mathematical formula on why ants cooperate to talk about unity in the church last Sunday. As part of that sermon he also courageously took on the topic of submissio...

On May 22nd several hundred people gathered at North Sydney Independent Theatre (hosted by Northside Baptist Church) to think further about how the local church can respond to Domestic Violence. We were confronted by the heart-wrenching story shared by a victim-survivo...

February 7, 2018

Last year ABC news investigations by journalist Julia Baird revealed the disturbing extent of domestic violence within the Australian Christian church community and abuse perpetrated by clergy husbands. These confronting reports revealed something that is not often ack...

Increasingly, survivors are speaking out about the experience of Domestic Violence in Christian households. Women are being insulted, criticized, dragged, hit, threatened, humiliated and stalked by the men who have promised to love and cherish them. Some preachers are...

May 9, 2017

I upheld my wedding vow. I’m not someone who would ever leave a marriage or break a promise. I would never knowingly allow violence or abuse to break up my family. I would never knowingly let sin take root in my home. I wouldn’t put my children through the trauma.

So I...

March 26, 2017



When Katrina decided to leave him, Geoff felt like he had contracted a severe illness. Only, no one was sending him Get Well cards. That was the really awkward thing about it: the church community of which he was a part started to treat him oddly – giving him a bit m...

January 19, 2017

So what does this understanding – that gender inequality is directly rooted in sin – offer to couples who are seeking to live out egalitarian ideals?

It tells us that Gender gender inequality is not just a practical problem, but a spiritual problem one.  So here are thr...

January 17, 2017

One of the most crippling and intractable of human beliefs is that human flourishing is a zero-sum game.  We believe that another person’s flourishing somehow leaves less for us.  That their success limits us.  That their gain must equal our loss.

Not so.  Rat...

January 17, 2017

In Genesis 3, after the man and woman disobey God by eating fruit from the forbidden tree, their equal partnership in carrying out their role as God’s image bearers was broken.  The power struggle that results, and the rule of men over women (Gen 3:16) is a disordering...

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