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36: Christian Bullies

EPISODE: 36

Christian Bullies

with Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit

Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen ask if the church has become a haven for bullies? And if so, what needs to change to overcome that internal inconsistency with the love of God?

Megan and Michael have both experienced and observed bullies and bullying in the Christian church, in a variety of cross-denominational contexts.

They begin by discussing why it is that the church can become a ‘safe place’ for this harmful behaviour, and whether or not theology or gender make a difference.

Then they welcome Stephen McAlpine to the program to share his personal experience. Stephen was the victim of a bullying scandal  involving the former CEO of Acts 29, Steve Timmis, during his involvement with The Crowded House church network in the UK.

Finally, with all due respect, Megan and Michael offer a range of approaches to ensure bullying doesn’t find a home in your Christian community.

WHAT IS WITH ALL DUE RESPECT?

Less aggro, more conversation.

Is it even possible to have a deep discussion without it descending into chaos? Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit think yes, and want to show the rest of us how to do it.

There’s plenty of things they disagree on: free will, feminism, where you should send your kids to school and what type of church you should go to. But there are also plenty of other things that they have in common. They want to talk about all these things with conviction. But they also want the conversation to be constructive. Tune in to find out if that’s possible.

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