Untangled Faith: Recovering From Spiritual Abuse

A podcast for anyone who has found themself disillusioned or discouraged in their Christian faith journey and who want to hold on to their faith while untangling it from all that is not good or true. This is a podcast for those who want to recognize and recover from spiritual abuse or help provide healing for those who have been harmed in the church.

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Episodes

Wednesday Nov 22, 2023

"We're not trying to bring any system down. We're not trying to embarrass anyone. But how do we say things in such a way that they can see what apparently they're just not seeing right now?"- Bo PritchardThis is part 3 of Bo Pritchard's story.Resources:Bully Pulpit Book: https://amzn.to/3uxHpTO (affiliate link) Episodes you might enjoy:https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2022/12/21/colby-and-kat-wilkins-story/https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/11/08/103-sensemaking-painful-church-experiences-guest-bo-pritchard/ Support the show:Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.comJoin us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaithThis podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangledWhere you can find me:Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvghttps://untangledfaithpodcast.comhttps://instagram.com/untangledfaith https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz Host/Creator: Amy FritzProducers:Michele PjanicPhil and Susan PerduePam ForsytheChelle Taylor

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

Bo Pritchard continues to share his story with the Untangled Faith podcast.This is part 2 of Bo's story. Don't miss the first part in episode 103 here: 103: Sensemaking Painful Church Experiences. Guest: Bo Pritchard – Untangled Faith PodcastBo Pritchard sits down with Amy Fritz to share his story of longing to be an "us" in a church community and learning the hard way what happens when a community values transactions over relationships.Stay tuned because this account overlaps with the story the Kat and Colby Wilkins shared on the Untangled Faith podcast in 2022.Resources:Leave a message for Amy sharing about an episode you enjoyed or something you appreciate about the podcast: Hello! – Untangled Faith Podcast Episodes you might enjoy:The Wilkins' story: Colby and Kat Wilkins’ Story – Untangled Faith PodcastDeep & Wide, Finding a Faith that is Deeper and Richer than you Hoped.Support the show:Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.comJoin us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaithThis podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangledWhere you can find me:Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvghttps://untangledfaithpodcast.comhttps://instagram.com/untangledfaith https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz Host/Creator: Amy FritzProducers:Michele PjanicPhil and Susan PerduePam ForsytheChelle Taylor

Wednesday Nov 08, 2023

The meta narrative around the story is relationships versus transactions. The things I remember are not events, they're relationships. - Bo PritchardBo Pritchard sits down with Amy Fritz to share his story of longing to be an "us" in a church community and learning the hard way what happens when a community values transactions over relationships.Stay tuned because this account overlaps with the story the Kat and Colby Wilkins shared on the Untangled Faith podcast in 2022.Resources:Leave a message for Amy sharing about an episode you enjoyed or something you appreciate about the podcast: Hello! – Untangled Faith Podcast Episodes you might enjoy:The Wilkins' story: Colby and Kat Wilkins’ Story – Untangled Faith PodcastDeep & Wide, Finding a Faith that is Deeper and Richer than you Hoped.Support the show:Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.comJoin us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaithThis podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangledWhere you can find me:Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvghttps://untangledfaithpodcast.comhttps://instagram.com/untangledfaith https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz Host/Creator: Amy FritzProducers:Michele PjanicPhil and Susan PerduePam ForsytheChelle Taylor

Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

If you're going to act like your neighbor or love your neighbor and act like good global neighbors in the world, there will be a cost to it... it's just going to come with a cost. - Emily SmithDr. Emily Smith, author and epidemiologist joins Amy Fritz on the Untangled Faith podcast to talk about the cost of speaking out the science of being a good SamaritanResources: https://emilysmith.substack.comEmily's new book The Science of the Good Samaritan https://amzn.to/46O8Ua0Episodes you might enjoy:https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/08/16/91-navigating-the-intersection-of-faith-politics-guest-kaitlyn-schiess/https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/05/24/81-prophetic-presence-lyndsey-medford-on-trusting-god-through-chronic-illness/ Support the show:Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.comJoin us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaithThis podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangledWhere you can find me:Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvghttps://untangledfaithpodcast.comhttps://instagram.com/untangledfaith https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz Host/Creator: Amy FritzProducers:Michele PjanicPhil and Susan PerduePam ForsytheChelle Taylor

Wednesday Oct 25, 2023

Lauren and Luke Smallcomb from Flourish Therapy join Amy on the Untangled Faith podcast today to talk about healing from painful experiences in faith communities. Lauren and Luke have their own story of disillusionment as they reckoned with the American evanglical faith system they were brought up in. After serving as missionaries for several years, the Smallcombs transitioned to doing counseling while still living abroad. You're going to enjoy hearing their story and their insights. In this episode, you will: Discover healthy approaches to advocacy pitfalls in faith communities for a more inclusive and supportive environment. Embrace self-reflection and self-awareness to unlock the key to personal growth and healing within faith communities. Learn how to access and express anger in a constructive way to navigate the healing process and find peace. Unlock the power of compassionate curiosity and grace in faith communities to foster understanding, empathy, and healing. Explore the importance of healing from pain within faith communities and discover practical steps to embark on your own journey of healing. Resources: Luke and Lauren's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flourish_therapy/ Luke and Lauren's website: https://flourishtherapy.co Leave me a voice mail message! I would love to share your voice in an upcoming episode celebrating 100 episodes of the podcast. You can go to this link to leave me a message: https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/hello   Episodes you might enjoy: https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/05/31/82-the-role-of-the-church-in-mental-health-guest-allie/ https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/09/13/95-untwisting-scripture-does-god-really-want-to-break-us-guest-rebecca-davis/   Support the show: Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.com Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaith This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled Where you can find me: Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvg https://untangledfaithpodcast.com https://instagram.com/untangledfaith  https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz Host/Creator: Amy Fritz Producers: Michele Pjanic Phil and Susan Perdue Pam Forsythe Chelle Taylor

Wednesday Oct 18, 2023

Today’s episode is a conversation I’ve been wanting to have for a long time. It just so happened that several things happened recently that prodded me forward to find someone to have this conversation. Today we’re talking about problematic platforms. How do we decide which invitations to accept when it comes to sharing a message we’re passionate about. What if the platform is being offered by someone you have ideological issues with or hosted by a organization you aren’t sure about.   I talk through this issue today with my friend and fellow podcaster, Markus Watson. We also talk about how we process pitches from folks who want to be on our shows. In this episode, you will: Discover the key factors to consider when choosing the perfect platform for your Christian podcast or speaking engagements, ensuring maximum reach and impact. Learn effective strategies for vetting potential podcast guests, ensuring that their values and beliefs align with your Christian message and audience. Understand the importance of aligning your podcast or speaking engagements with your core Christian values, creating a space for meaningful and impactful conversations. Gain insights on the benefits of seeking input from trusted advisors in your decision-making process, helping you make informed choices that resonate with your Christian audience. Explore the power of leading with authenticity and integrity in your Christian podcast or speaking engagements, establishing trust and fostering meaningful connections with your listeners. Resources: Check out Markus Watson's podcast here: https://www.markuswatson.com/podcast/ Christianity Today article on platforms: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2023/october-web-only/christian-speaker-lineups-disagree-theology-conference-even.html?fbclid=IwAR1oQbcgXX2hc4ycHQygfTrWIR4AfwKjI2lAd32WOv-flexgQN8yS7Zpxsw Leave me a voice mail message! I would love to share your voice in an upcoming episode celebrating 100 episodes of the podcast. You can go to this link to leave me a message: https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/hello   Episodes you might enjoy: https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/08/23/92-how-to-help-a-grieving-friend-guest-natasha-smith/ https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/01/25/67-the-secret-to-being-courageous-guest-kj-ramsey/   Support the show: Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.com Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaith This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled Where you can find me: Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvg https://untangledfaithpodcast.com https://instagram.com/untangledfaith  https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz Host/Creator: Amy Fritz Producers: Michele Pjanic Phil and Susan Perdue Pam Forsythe Chelle Taylor

Wednesday Oct 11, 2023

For some reason, this fall has brought a steady stream of voices telling about what it’s life when life is difficult. I don’t say “yes” to every pitch, but when someone raises their hand and bravely says “The life I’m living isn’t what I signed up for”, I pay attention.   I pay attention because that’s my life. And, I suspect it’s how you feel about your own life. Author Sarah Frazer joins me for a conversation about what it’s like to reckon with a life you didn’t sign up for. I love the messiness and un-resolved-ness of her story. Because I can relate. In this episode, you will: Hear how Sarah found peace and contentment in the midst of life's disruptions and challenges. Learn valuable lessons from the life of Moses in facing interruptions and finding solace in the Lord. See the power of unanswered questions. Hear ways to support others in their times of difficulty by being present, offering authentic comfort, and avoiding clichés. Resources: Preorder Sarah's book: https://amzn.to/48OiNpB Follow Sarah here on Social: Https://www.facebook.com/sarahefrazer Https://www.instagram.com/sarah_e_frazer Https://www.pinterest.com/sarahefrazer Check out Sarah's websites: https://sarahefrazer.com or https://sarahefrazer.com/i-didnt-sign-up-for-this/ Leave me a voice mail message! I would love to share your voice in an upcoming episode celebrating 100 episodes of the podcast. You can go to this link to leave me a message: https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/hello   Episodes you might enjoy: https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/08/23/92-how-to-help-a-grieving-friend-guest-natasha-smith/ https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/01/25/67-the-secret-to-being-courageous-guest-kj-ramsey/   Support the show: Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.com Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaith This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled Where you can find me: Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvg https://untangledfaithpodcast.com https://instagram.com/untangledfaith  https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz Host/Creator: Amy Fritz Producers: Michele Pjanic Phil and Susan Perdue Pam Forsythe...

Wednesday Oct 04, 2023

Naghmeh Panahi joins Amy Fritz for an important conversation about Domestic Violence/ Intimate Partner Violence and the church. Resources: Preorder Naghmeh's book: https://amzn.to/3rHtb1B Help for escaping domestic violence: https://www.thehotline.org Episodes you might enjoy: https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/05/10/79-domestic-violence-evangelical-churches-guest-neil-schori/ https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2022/05/11/43-what-weve-gotten-wrong-about-divorce-guest-gretchen-baskerville/   Support the show: Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.com Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaith This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled Where you can find me: Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvg https://untangledfaithpodcast.com https://instagram.com/untangledfaith  https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz https://twitter.com/faithuntangled https://twitter.com/amyfritz Host/Creator: Amy Fritz Producers: Michele Pjanic Phil and Susan Perdue Pam Forsythe Chelle Taylor

Wednesday Sep 27, 2023

  Have you ever had a long-lost friend reach out to connect with you on social media only to discover they really just wanted to sell you something connected to the Multi Level Marketing business they were a part of?   Or maybe you’re one of those folks who has been pulled into an MLM and you’re drowning. Or maybe you’re worried about a friend who has quit their  J O B to do direct sales and you’re concerned that they aren’t able to pay their bills. And what in the world does this have to do with Christianity? I can’t wait for you to listen! In this episode, you will be able to: Unlock the harmful impacts of MLMs on Christian communities and their faith practices. Deconstruct the cunning methods and marketing lures of MLMs especially crafted for Christians. Gain insight about the financial risk and losses commonly faced by individuals drawn into MLMs. Probe the link between MLMs and the prosperity gospel belief widely accepted in Christian contexts. Highlight the necessity for cultivated thought and vigilance in fending off MLM scheming. Say hello to Chris Staron, renowned for being unafraid to tackle controversial topics within the church. He brings his thoughtful and fair approach to this discussion as the host of the Truce podcast. Going from historical Christian issues to present-day conundrums such as MLMs, he engenders a deep understanding of the church's dynamics. The key moments in this episode are: 00:00:03 - The Influence of MLMs in the Church, 00:06:32 - MLMs as Schemes, 00:08:12 - MLMs Targeting Christians, 00:10:48 - MLMs and Faith, 00:12:44 - The Math of MLMs, 00:13:58 - The Structure of Multilevel Marketing, 00:15:33 - Challenges and Inconveniences of MLM, 00:16:49 - MLM and False Promises, 00:19:16 - Limited Market and Financial Challenges, 00:21:37 - MLM Company Profits and Fees, 00:28:51 - The Problem with Disclosures and Fine Print, 00:29:51 - The Responsibility of Believers in Direct Sales, 00:31:46 - The Prosperity Gospel and Financial Curriculums, 00:36:23 - Tying Christianity to Extra Pursuits, 00:39:57 - Understanding and Admitting MLM Involvement, 00:43:00 - Making Bad Financial Decisions, 00:43:46 - Supporting Friends in Financial Distress, 00:45:13 - Helping Others with Budgeting, 00:46:07 - Where to Find More Information, 00:46:51 - Wrapping Up and Future Conversations, Resources: Check out the Truce podcast: https://trucepodcast.com Listen to The Dream podcast about MLMs: https://www.pushkin.fm/podcasts/the-dream Episodes you might enjoy: https://untangledfaithpodcast.com//2023/08/16/91-navigating-the-intersection-of-faith-politics-guest-kaitlyn-schiess/ https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/09/20/96-the-reshaping-of-the-american-church-guest-bob-smietana/   Support the show: Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.com Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaith This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled Where you can find me: Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvg https://untangledfaithpodcast.com https://instagram.com/untangledfaith  https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz https://twitter.com/faithuntangled https://twitter.com/amyfritz Host/Creator: Amy Fritz Producers: Michele Pjanic Phil and Susan Perdue Pam Forsythe Chelle Taylor

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

Veteran religion journalist, Bob Smietana joins Amy Fritz to talk about his new book Reorganized Religion: The Reshaping of the American Church and Why It Matters.   The episode was originally aired in the fall of 2022. Bob shares why burning it all down is not the best approach to organized religion, why the "organized" part of "organized religion" is important, and what the future of the American church looks like. Bob also shares some thoughts on the pastoral plagiarism conversation and what it was like to be able to publish an exclusive interview with Beth Moore.  This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling here: https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled Buy Bob's book: https://amzn.to/3LtRjKG Leave a review: https://podcasts.app.com/us/podcast/untangled-faith/id1561001170 Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.com Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaith Where you can find me: https://untangledfaithpodcast.com https://instagram.com/untangledfaith https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz https://twitter.com/faithuntangled https://twitter.com/amyfritz https://facebook.com/untangledfaith This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and for 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling here: https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled Host/Creator: Amy Fritz Producers: Michelle Pjanic, Phil & Susan Perdue

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