Commenders Who Prop Up and Perpetuate an Authoritarian System

SOME POINTS OF BACKGROUND/DISCLOSURE: I have been a student of political sociology, dynamics of dissent and social change, and organizational development since the mid-1970s. Since January of 2009, I have been writing a book for non-profits about dealing with leadership and organizational systems where abuse of power is involved. I had already been tracking many … Continue reading

Responsibility for Spiritual Abuse (Compilation of Posts)

Responsibility for Spiritual Abuse (Compilation of Posts) (c) 2014 Brad Sargent (aka “futuristguy”) SECTIONS Responsibility for Spiritual Abuse (2014) ~ Summaries of Posts in Series Part 1 – Questions of Culpability, Complicity, and Recovery Part 2A – The “Pyramid of Responsibility” in Toxic Systems Part 2B – The “Pyramid of Responsibility” in Toxic Systems Part 3A – Taking … Continue reading

RICO Lawsuit Filed Against Former Mars Hill Church Leaders and Alleged Co-Conspirators

Earlier today, Warren Throckmorton posted RICO Lawsuit Filed Against Former Leaders of Mars Hill Church. You can find a PDF of the 42-page complaint at this link. Filed by Brian and Connie Jacobsen, and Ryan and Arica Kildea, it names Mark Driscoll and John Sutton Turner, along with other alleged co-conspirators. This RICO lawsuit against … Continue reading

Project Update ~ 15 Indicators for Discerning Robust versus Hazardous Systems: Who and What Deserves Our Trust?

Recently, I edited a friend’s medical research grant. It seeks funding for a follow-up study on a major public health issue in America. The research focuses on identifying specific biological indicators of a particular disease, and figuring out the mechanisms of how the interaction of body and “biomarkers” works. The core idea is that if … Continue reading

Spiritual Abuse Survivor Communities ~ 10 Trend Projections and Predictions for 2016-2020

Since 2008, I’ve been writing about different dynamics in the abuse of power, especially in religious institutions. Every year or so since 2012, I’ve taken some time out to note what I see as possible trends within spiritual abuse survivor communities. (I use communities – plural – because there are theological, denominational, and cultural differences … Continue reading

Set-Ups for Being Picked Off by Authoritarian Leaders – Part 1: Susceptibilities to Seduction by Those with No Conscience

Background There has been an ongoing discussion about Douglas Wilson, about specific situations where there are allegations of abuse of authority, and about his leadership of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, and of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). Since I lived in Pullman, Washington, and Moscow, Idaho, during the beginnings of what turned … Continue reading

07 Related Abuse and Recovery Issues

On This Page: 07-1. Capstone Series 07-2. Deconstructing the Christian Industrial Complex 07-3. Emergent Village/Emergent Movement 07-4. Recovery from Spiritual Abuse 07-5. Responsibility for Spiritual Abuse *     *     *     *     *     *     * 07-1. Capstone Series Synthesizing the “Mars Hill Research Guide” and “Responsibility for Spiritual Abuse” Series – Introducing the Capstone Articles and Case … Continue reading

06 Partnership Problems

On This Page: 06-1. Key Associations and Contractual Partnerships 06-2. Acts29 Network 06-3. Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 06-4. The Gospel Coalition 06-5. ResultSource, Inc. 06-6. Tyndale House Publishers 06-7. Concluding Thoughts *     *     *     *     *     *     * 06-1. Key Associations and Contractual Partnerships In this section, I will give summary descriptions of … Continue reading

Capstone 2-4: Trends, Turning Points, and Tipping Points in Spiritual Abuse Survivor Communities (2014) – Part 1: Setting the Stage

Futurists, Scenarios, and Spiritual Abuse Survivors All the futurists I know do a lot of general research and reflection on culture and change. But at some point the information needs to be narrowed down to help specifics client or group figure out how they want to navigate the issues that are most relevant to them. … Continue reading