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Vol. 5 No. 2 / Oct 2019

Editorial: Christ’s Fourfold Declaration of Authority by Eric Kayayan
Interpersonal Forgiveness as a Gospel Standard by Douwe J. Steensma
Islam and Women by Christine Schirrmacher
Healing the Wounds of Trauma and Abuse by Diane Langberg
Women, Sex, and a Question of Double Standards by Kathleen Nielson
“How Firm a Foundation” and the Westminster Confession of Faith by K. Scott Oliphint
Beza’s Pastoral Calling: Combat, Encouragement, and Duty by Ottavio Palombaro
The Value of Marshall’s Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by T. Michael Christ
On Earth: Relational Anthropocentricism in Creation Care by Alessandro Piccirillo
The Relevance of Calvin’s View of Work and Calling to Christians in Newly Industrialized Countries by Matthew Ebenezer
Corruption, Bribery, African Concepts of God, and the Gospel by PHILLIPUS J. (FLIP) BUYS
Reformed Business Ethics—A New Approach to How Organizations Can Flourish by Christopher Steed
Interview with Christopher Yuan by Peter A. Lillback
Alan Jacobs. The Year of our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis by William Edgar
Elizabeth Agnew Cochran. Protestant Virtue and Stoic Ethics by David Hunsicker
Frances Luttikuizen. Underground Protestantism in Sixteenth Century Spain: A Much Ignored Side of Spanish History by Daniel Vogel
Herman Bavinck. Reformed Ethics: Created, Fallen, and Converted Humanity by Cory C. Brock
John Murray’s Principles of Conduct—Some Personal Reflections by Sinclair Ferguson

HEALING THE WOUNDS OF TRAUMA AND ABUSE

by Diane Langberg in Vol. 5 No. 2 / Oct 2019

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35285/ucc5.2.2019.art3



The purpose of this article is to bring an understanding of trauma and abuse, of the different types of abuse that may occur, of their prevalence in the world and in the church, and of their effects on a life. It is critical to understand the damage of abuse in order to serve victims well. Failure to know what trauma does to humans and how to respond to victims results in doing further damage to a vulnerable human. We will look at three components of healing that are both basic and easily used across cultures: talking, tears, and time. We will also see that responding to trauma in the lives of others is participation in the life of Christ, who came in part to heal the brokenhearted.

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