Matt and Alastair sit down with Dr. Justin Holcomb to discuss the difficult topic of sexual abuse in the church and how to identify and prevent it.


Intro + The constructive aspects in evangelicalism’s new discussion surrounding sexual abuse [0:00 – 7:00]

The importance of this conversation and how it helps us refine our theology of forgiveness [7:00 – 14:10]

How our theology can help us deal with the wrong we have played in these matters [14:15 – 19:00]

Issues around accusations and maintaining a presumption of innocence [19:00 – 29:18]

How our justice is penultimate to God’s justice [29:18 – 33:36]

Policies and procedures and creating a transparent culture [33:36 – 39:20]

How we can address the Gospel to people’s bodies [39:20 – 46:50]


Resources mentioned:

Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing For Victims of Sexual Assault

God Made All of Me: A Book To Help Children Protect Their Bodies – Godly Response to Abuse in The Christian Environment

Valued: a conference seeking to mobilize and equip churches and believers to: biblically, wisely, and lovingly understand, prevent, identify, and respond to sexual abuse and assault, as Jesus Christ’s Church.

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