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About that “Destructive Wildfire We Must Fight”, it should be noted that (as California firefighters will testify) multiple devastating wildfires can be blazing out of control at angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment the same time. As Christians, we need to intensify our efforts to bring an end angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment to sexual violence against anyone—a wildfire that is out of control both inside and angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment outside the church and should keep us awake at night.

Such violence also violates God’s creation vision in which he empowered his sons and angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment daughters to rule creation (not each other) and to carry out that rule together as a Blessed angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment Alliance. Our shared mission is to represent our Creator and to angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment look after things in his world for the flourishing of angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment all. When half of God’s imago Dei is sidelined, dehumanized, and wounded by others God created to bear his image, human actions become an affront to God himself and our angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment mission suffers costly setbacks. Human violence dismantles God’s kingdom strategy whenever one person choses to dominate and angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment rule over another.

My niece’s husband is a Los Angeles firefighter. Rick and his fellow firefighters know combatting these blazes takes angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment all they have to offer. It’s not good enough simply to learn about what causes angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment these fires or what forces propel them out of control, although all of that is important. Nor is it enough to discuss and educate themselves on angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment the latest firefighting tactics and equipment, although that is essential too. These fires require fierce determined action. The moment a blaze is spotted, firefighters engage in an all-out war. They battle long days on the ground and from the angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment air, in oppressive heat and often risking their lives. They work themselves into complete exhaustion. Again and again we hear progress reports of the percentage angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment of containment they’ve achieved against another named fire. It’s good to know our firefighters won’t quit until the last flame is extinguished.

To put this crisis in perspective, in 2019 the American Cancer Society reported that on average angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment 1 in 8 women are diagnosed each year with breast angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment cancer and 1 in 8 men with prostate cancer. 1 in 17 women and 1 in 18 men are angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment diagnosed with lung cancer—the #1 cancer killer. The threat of cancer has mobilized millions of dollars, countless researchers, and highly trained teams of oncologists and surgeons to fight angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment this battle until a cure is found and the last angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment cancer cell is obliterated.

Cancer statistics alarm us. Yet in disturbing contrast, 1 in 4 women and girls and 1 in 6 angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment men and boys have been sexually abused by the age angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment of 18. That doesn’t include unreported incidents of abuse. This life-shattering epidemic is festering among us, and we have yet to engage in all-out-war against it. This means, of course, that sexual abuse survivors are with us everywhere—even inside churches.

Victims are often not taken seriously and, in fact, many are subjected to spiritual and emotional abuse by church angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment leaders who believe they’re equipped to handle the situation themselves without law enforcement angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment and outside professional help. Survivors frequently hear teaching from church leaders that trigger flashbacks angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment and nightmares or simply intensify their trauma. Instead of being on the frontlines en masse in addressing angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment this epidemic and making sure the church is the safest angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment place of all, we are part of the problem.

“Church is one of the least safe places to acknowledge angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment abuse because the way it is counseled is more often angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment than not damaging to the victim. There is an abhorrent lack of knowledge for the damage angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment and devastation that sexual assault brings. It is with deep regret that I say the church angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment is one of the worst places to go for help. . . . There are very, very few who have ever found true help in the angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment church.” “Confronting the #MeToo/#ChurchToo Crisis”

On Saturday, November 9, in an all-day seminar at Missio Seminary, a team of experts joined me to take a big angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment step forward in confronting this crisis. We wanted to raise awareness with pastors, ministry leaders, and seminarians of the severity of the crisis and to angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment provide insight into the complexities of this crisis by involving angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment experts on sexual abuse, the resulting trauma, dealing with pedophiles, and preventative steps for churches and Christian organizations to take. We also wanted to engage a candid conversation regarding the angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment biblical/theological roots that contribute to the crisis and those that angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment subvert the problem and promote human flourishing for all.

The ongoing #ChurchToo Twitter storm blindsided many Protestant leaders who “thought this was a Roman Catholic problem.” They simply did not realize the full scope of the angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment problem. Because Protestants are splintered into so many different denominations, it’s hard to comprehend the big picture. Now there is no escaping the fact that the cumulative angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment problem is as massive inside Protestant churches and ministries as angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment anywhere else, maybe even worse. Survivors in staggering numbers are already among us: 1 in 4 women and girls; 1 in 6 men and boys. Secular media has exposed an epidemic of sexual abuse, mishandled allegations, and cover-ups happening inside the church to the point that many angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment now believe the Protestant church is not a safe place angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment and are leaving us.

This seminar weaves together biblical, theological, sociological, counseling, legal, and pastoral threads to raise awareness and to help equip angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment church leaders confront this crisis and prevent further abuse. Of course, there is no way I could do this by myself. So I am beyond excited that a strong team of angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment professional experts and activists are joining me.

I’ll be addressing the biblical and theological roots that contribute angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment to the abuse that’s happening. How does church teaching about women and men create an angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment environment that is conducive to sexual abuse and to the angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment protection of perpetrators? How do #MeToo narratives in the Bible provide a vital pastoral resource angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment for raising awareness and creating safety for victims to find angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma treatment help, safety, and the care they need?

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