Mias First Tale: Part Twenty-one of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College
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Mias First Tale: Part Twenty-one of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

Editor’s Note: This is the first part of Mia’s tale. Mia reached out to me to share some of her experiences within the Narrowgate group. As one of the original members of Narrowgate, she lends understanding to how the group formed and progressed.  This is her story, shared with her permission. Narrowgate started in the…

It’s 10pm; do you know where your pastor is?

It’s 10pm; do you know where your pastor is?

This post was written by an anonymous guest blogger. Sometimes “clergy sex abuse” looks like a priest molesting an altar boy.  Sometimes it looks like a deacon whose “brotherly” hugs are way too tight.  Sometimes it looks like a pastor who is sought out for counseling and takes advantage of a vulnerable person who just…

the cry

the cry

PANIC. THEY ARE COMING FOR ME. THEY HATE ME, AND GOD IS ON THEIR SIDE.THEY WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO SILENCE ME. I AM NOT SAFE. NOWHERE IS SAFE. heart pounding, eyes flicking this way and that, and so I shut them. I squeeze them so hard until sparkling flashes of red light burst across…

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…

Street Lights and Salvation: An Exodus from the Christian Anti-Science Movement

Street Lights and Salvation: An Exodus from the Christian Anti-Science Movement

By Eve Stewart Editor Note: This is a guest post from Eve Stewart, a dear friend of our oldest daughter, Anya. Eve was raised in an Evangelical, inerrantist tradition and was homeschooled using Classical Christian methods and materials. Eve has written a powerful article about her experiences being raised in that atmosphere as well as…

The Brother’s Tale: Part Twenty of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College
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The Brother’s Tale: Part Twenty of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

Editor’s Note: This is the first of several entries written by outsiders – that is to say, by those who were friends or family members of Narrowgate members. They can convey far more effectively than I the thoughts, feelings, and emotions experienced when a loved one is in a cult. This particular entry is written…

Epilogue: Part Nineteen of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

Epilogue: Part Nineteen of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

As I mentioned in an earlier entry, we left Narrowgate – but Narrowgate never actuallyleft us. When Emma and the Baby went back to Enola to stay with Liam, Pooky and I wereonce again alone in our own apartment. That would not last long: Emma and the babycame back after only a week or two….

The End: Part Eighteen of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

The End: Part Eighteen of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

On Monday February 24, 1997, Pooky, Emma and her baby arrived at our apartment in downtown Mechanicsburg. Though they were worn out from the long drive, they requested a meeting with the rest of the group in Shippensburg at 9:00 PM.  They wanted to share what they had experienced and learned since they left a…

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…