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Shame on You

Dave Hasz says “There is no shame in being tired, but there is great shame in falling asleep in class.” Last time I checked, the only person who uses shame as a tool is the…


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More Gross Distortions of the Gospel

In this video, David Hasz tells the interns that in order to be a leader, you have to pass a test called the “integrity check.” One of these tests is making restitution. If you have…


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Life in the Aftermath of Teen Mania

The article below, found here, discusses an individual’s experience in the aftermath of leaving a cult. Though I do not consider the Honor Academy a full blown cult, (updated June 2011 – I do now!)…


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Things Are Not Always What They Seem

I’m slowly going through the book, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I hope the author won’t mind me excerpting a page here that really speaks to the…


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Why Are the Videos Gone?

In response to my posts this week critiquing Dave Hasz’s leadership and Ron Luce’s teaching, Teen Mania decided to take down all their videos. That seems like a really odd response to me. If Teen…


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Does Criticism = Slander?

There are some folks out there who would like to claim that this blog is slanderous. I take that claim seriously and would like to examine it here. The definition of slander is “a malicious,…


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The Myth of Matthew 18 Confrontation

One of the greatest objections to this blog is that I am not following the Bible’s prescription for confrontation as layed out in Matthew 18:5. “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him…



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Humiliation at the Honor Academy

Humiliation and shaming are two of the most popular tools for “growth” at the Honor Academy. In his talk “Aura of a Statesmen” (available on itunes) Dave Hasz recounts this story. I’ve never used the…


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Grace for Spiritual Abusers

As I’ve mentioned here before, I like to believe that Dave Hasz and the rest of the Honor Academy staff have good intentions. Unfortunately, their sincerity does not negate the damage they have done. The…