The Culture of Abuse in Christian Slavic Marriages

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

Last weekend, my daughter and I attended a three-day Christian Slavic women’s retreat. Predictably, discussion turned to Lyuba Savenok, who was brutally murdered by her husband Yeveginy in May 2016 after years of verbal and physical torment. Both Lyuba and her husband were active members of their Minnesota church, to whom Lyuba had reported the abuse before filing a restraining order. What makes the Savenoks’ story so tragic is not just the shocking nature of the crime, but rather how familiar her situation was to many women married to Slavic men. Continue reading

When Your Counselee Confides Abuse

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

Every secular counselor is a mandated reporter of abuse, which means they must report it to the authorities. If this applies to secular counselors, how much more it applies to biblical counselors! We, who not only have the secular law that requires us to render aid and assistance to a person in danger, but also have the commands of Scripture that instruct us to submit ourselves to the governing authorities! Biblical counselors must report physical and sexual abuse of man, woman, elder, or child. Continue reading

Taking A Time Out To Discuss Spanking

BCC Staff

BCC Staff

Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol. Proverbs 23:13-14 A national debate on spanking children … Continue reading

Bullying: A Deadly Poison in a Marriage

Karen Gaul

Bullying--A Deadly Poison in a Marriage

When we think of bullying, we often think of it in the school system—kids picking on and beating up other kids. And I would agree that is a definite problem. However, bullying doesn’t just happen with children; it also happens within marriages. Continue reading

Cutting to the Heart of Self-Injury

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

Cutting to the Heart of Self Injury

The teenage years can be traumatic times and many teens are presented with situations they are not equipped to handle. Self-injury is one method of dealing with indescribable pain and loneliness. It is their way to cope with or relieve painful or hard-to-express feelings. Continue reading