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The Bodies Behind the Bus is a podcast centering on the voices of spiritual abuse victims from within the Acts 29 network. We are the discarded few. We have been abused, gaslit, ignored, slandered, deceived, intentionally hurt, and betrayed. Our stories were manipulated and our voices were stolen. We were left alone with all the confusion, grief, hurt, and pain but today we begin to reclaim our stories and find our voices once again because we matter, and being a body behind the bus is not the gospel.

Bodies Behind The Bus Bodies Behind The Bus

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.2 • 210 Ratings

The Bodies Behind the Bus is a podcast centering on the voices of spiritual abuse victims from within the Acts 29 network. We are the discarded few. We have been abused, gaslit, ignored, slandered, deceived, intentionally hurt, and betrayed. Our stories were manipulated and our voices were stolen. We were left alone with all the confusion, grief, hurt, and pain but today we begin to reclaim our stories and find our voices once again because we matter, and being a body behind the bus is not the gospel.

    ATBS “In The Woods” w/ Emily Snook

    ATBS “In The Woods” w/ Emily Snook

    Join us for a conversation with Emily Snook about the crusades, Robin Hood, and how this myth can help inform us when considering who’s voices we listen to in the next phase of our journeys.

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    • 28 min
    David’s Story / Oklahoma City, OK

    David’s Story / Oklahoma City, OK

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    • 1 hr 39 min
    ATBS “The Village Hired a Law Firm” w/ Robert Calahan

    ATBS “The Village Hired a Law Firm” w/ Robert Calahan

    In this episode of At the Bus Stop, Attorney Robert Calahan breaks down what a law firm’s role is as an independent investigator in situations like what we see happening at The Village Church with Matt Chandler.

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    Ashley and Andrew’s Story / Los Angeles, CA

    Ashley and Andrew’s Story / Los Angeles, CA

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Update: We’ll be back in Sept!

    Update: We’ll be back in Sept!

    We will be returning Sept 7 with new episodes!

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    Guests: Sheila Gregoire & Wendy Snyder

    Guests: Sheila Gregoire & Wendy Snyder

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    Jesus the Gentle Parenting Book by LR KnostHeartfelt Discipline by Clay ClarksonJesus Guided Parenting ProgramConnected Families Ministry Connected Families BookFlourishing Homes & Families MinistrySave the Kids: Why Whooping Kids won’t Save Black America (no religious aspect but LOVE this book!) Wendy Snyder
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    • 1 hr 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

Essiejmini ,

Must listen for really anyone involved in church

I admit before I listened I wondered if this podcast would be on the dramatic side. Living in the Seattle area I’ve visited, listened to sermons, and been close to involved members from both Mars Hill and other Acts 29 churches. I definitely thought I saw a difference between the two. Turns out toxic behavior is more common than I thought.

This podcast is exactly what it needs to be - personal, raw, undramatized first person stories from folks who’ve suffered abuse in these churches. It illustrates the church culture that allows and encourages these things to happen. The only criticism I’d have is that the hosts sometimes seem surprised by the lack of emotional intelligence and healthy interpersonal skills in many pastors and leaders. After decades of defining pastors as just preachers and teachers, seems like it’s rare for them to have any real accountability or evidence based guidance to prevent or respond appropriately to abuse.

These testimonies are so important. We must take the time to listen to them, to empathize with the victims, to understand how U.S white evangelical church culture in general is not consistently protecting us or guiding us to truly healthy relationships with each other. We must grieve with these victims, reflect on our own church experiences, and join together to be the change that’s needed.

joeshmo111 ,

just opinions.

Accusations without due process are just opinions. 1 Timothy 5

ASE2012 ,

Unsurprisingly…

The one star reviews are just proving the points of this podcast. If conflict isn’t handled to the abuser’s liking then it’s labeled as gossip and unBiblical. Considering the vast majority of interviewees are women is equally as telling as to the motivations behind the ratings.

The stories being shared brought back old experiences with a SBC pastor when I worked at a Christian school funded by his church. The spiritual and emotional abuse I experienced was something I had shoved out of my mind after I left. Keep telling your stories and bringing awareness to these abuses!

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