Childhood trauma in an SBC church

Childhood trauma in an SBC church

Trigger warnings: violence, blood, spiritual abuse Disclaimer: Not all children are traumatized by the teachings referred to in this article. Every person is different and processes things differently. But I have become increasingly aware of the thousands of now-adults who were indeed traumatized by their church’s teachings of topics such as hell, martyrdom, and being…

Dear Misogynist

Dear Misogynist

“We’re the same,”You claim,“No privilege in this game”Humility is your middle name.Yet you holdThat God has different ”roles”For our souls—Yours to lead,Mine to follow.I swallowedYour hollowTheory for a bitTill I saw through your sh!tAnd called you on it.I quitThis charadeyou have madeFrom the words that you bentIn that holy testament.I’ll speak,I’ll lead,I’ll preach,And I’ll breach,All…

A Harsh Rebuke from Oakwood Baptist Church; an Even Harsher Counter-Rebuke

A Harsh Rebuke from Oakwood Baptist Church; an Even Harsher Counter-Rebuke

A rather momentous anniversary today. One year ago I (Megan) made this super-controversial post in order to warn a local congregation that a convicted child molester was preaching at their church: Within the day, Dom also sent a detailed email to the pastor there with all the pertinent documentation and provided contact info for the…

Hands

Hands

by Megan Benninger *CW: sexual abuse There is blood on your hands, hands that took what they wanted, Spread her legs, grabbed her breasts, broke her heart. Said you’re sorry, of course. Spent some time behind bars. She forgave you, yet she never heals. What right did you have to play with my kids, with…

Red Flags at Reaching & Teaching International Ministries (RTIM)

Red Flags at Reaching & Teaching International Ministries (RTIM)

Reaching & Teaching International Ministries (RTIM) claims that it “exists to reach the peoples of the world through evangelism and by meeting the great need for deep discipleship, pastoral preparation, leadership training, and theological education around the world.” A Godly, righteous-sounding mission. Yet incredibly, at one point in the not-so-distant-past, three men who were either…

When Church Hurts

When Church Hurts

by Megan Benninger                                          * Straw men in pulpits weave yarns of conviction That blind me and bind me into humble submission. Are these narratives authored in naivety? Or willfully conceived and designed to deceive? Realities,…

The List

The List

by Megan Benninger Dear SBC, Christa’s called for 15 years Through shattered heart and angry tears To have a list With your assist To save the little lambs. Though she persists You still dismiss Her simple clear request. So since you won’t, we’ll take the charge. Don’t trust you anyway. We’ll make the asked-for warning…

Patriarchy Malarkey

Patriarchy Malarkey

More insomniac poetry by yours truly: Patriarchy Malarkey by Megan Benninger Life was grand With my band of Likeminded sisters. We homemade and mothered And remained under cover Of headship. An umbrella they’d tell us, For our safety and joy, God’s design for your kind, You’re a girl, not a boy. Of course you are…