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What is Spiritual Growth?

We’ve heard a lot about spiritual growth and the Christian life at both the Honor Academy and in American evangelicalism. But what exactly does spiritual growth look like? What are the marks of a mature…


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Betrayed by God

One thing I’ve struggled with for a long time is feeling betrayed by God. Since I was wholeheartedly seeking God and wanting to serve Him, why would he allow me to go into such a…


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Stages in Recovery

The Cult Awareness and Information Library is an invaluable resource in understanding the emotional and psychological issues we face in recovering from our time at Teen Mania. Even TM supporters or people who may not…


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Disorientation

I don’t think we’ve talked very much about the severe disorientation that occurs when you leave such an intense, spiritually abusive group. As you begin to uncover how the group has affected you, a profound…


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Grace Links

1) Via the Internet Monk I wonder how many Christians believe the center of the Gospel is their own efforts at being “fully surrendered” or obedient? 2) Via Steve McVey: Resting in Abbas Arms Jesus…



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What Now?

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what Teen Mania is doing. Teen Mania is going to do whatever its going to do. The question is – what are you going to do?…


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How People Grow

From what I’ve seen, the Honor Academy’s “counseling” techniques are woefully inadequate. I’ve heard of many cases where life long problems stemming from severe pain and hurt are addressed with three overly simplistic ideas: 1)…


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Leadership and Authority

There is no doubt that Teen Mania leadership is authoritarian and controlling. Even the fans will admit that, though they say it’s in service to a good cause. However, can top-down control ever really effect…


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Doubt Better

The journey back from spiritual abuse inevitably involves doubt. We doubt ourselves, the church, and even God. Maybe, especially God. Its hard to know which way is up when everything you believed in and poured…