Newsletter – January 2014

 
In This Issue

Two Desires of Love

Pain as a Way of Knowing

Meditation of the Great Expanse of Our God

Loving Well in a Data-Saturated World

A Proposed Christian Model of Personality Structures

Moving Forward

January 2014
Greetings friends,

As I write this letter from northern Wisconsin, it is pretty cold, bitter even. And yet, we have much to be thankful for. This Winter edition of Soul & Spirit marks the conclusion of my third year working with the Society for Christian Psychology. I am thankful for the friendships that I have developed through this organization. I am thankful for the chance to review so many excellent essays and articles. I am thankful for an organization that is committed to loving God supremely and caring deeply for others. As you close out the year, may you be blessed to know the grace of Jesus more preciously. Grace and Peace,

Jason Kanz, Ph.D.
Marshfield Clinic
kanz.jason@marshfieldclinic.org

Two Desires of Love
James Cofield
Crosspoint Ministries

The older I get the more it seems I need to simplify my life. I cannot deal with the complexity of juggling lots of tasks like I did in my 20s. I cannot deal with the clutter in my house and garage like I did in my 30s. I cannot even keep the books in my library that I did in my 40s (I’ve given at least two-thirds of my library away to young pastors … that proves I really am having a change of heart since I worked so hard to buy thousands of books!). It seems I need simplicity to survive. […]

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Pain as a Way of Knowing
Scott Holman
SCP Blog Moderator

“Suffering is the necessary deep feeling of the human situation. If we don’t feel pain, suffering, human failure and weakness, we stand antiseptically apart from it, and remain numb and small. We can’t fully understand such things by thinking about them. The superficiality of much of our world is that it tries to buy its way out of such necessary knowing. […]

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Meditation of the Great Expanse of Our God
Valerie G. Murphy
M.Div. (eq), LCPC, BCPCC, SD
Foundation Counseling and Training

As we seek to come under the Fruits of God’s Spirit we turn to Galatians 5:22 for a taste of His essence. “…the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity…”

Wait, what did we just read, yes that is right “generosity.” This generosity and the goodness translation we usually read here are one and the same in the original Biblical language. On a similar note, has there been exposure in our lives to the statistic that there are more verses on the theme of money in the Bible than any other theme…? And yes again, the majority of these reference verses refer to the spiritual fruit of generosity. […]

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Loving Well in a Data-Saturated World
Keith W. Plummer, M.Div., Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the School of Divinity
Cairn University

A recent Barna study identified three trends characterizing the information age. Leading the list was the widespread perception that modern life is becoming faster and more complex. A major contributing factor to this perception is the quantity of bits of data that bombard us daily. Emails, texts, social network feeds, mobile apps, 24-hour news cycles, and a host of other information-promising resources contend for our finite attention. Not surprisingly, the same research found that while Americans desire to keep current with cultural happenings, they have little patience for many words (a phenomenon of which I’m painfully aware as I type). Thirty-five percent of adults, for example, report that while they enjoy reading, they feel that most books are too long. […]

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A Proposed Christian Model of Personality Structures
Marcellus Taylor Ph.D.

Foundational Assumptions

The value we give to the Bible and our interpretation of it guides our determination of what we learn or know about ourselves. The Bible is not a reference or text providing scientific facts. The truths it holds are provided by revelation and illumination predicated upon our faith. This revelation [is] now in the form of written languages (now ancient to moderns or post moderns). Thus, we are dependent on the Bible as the port of embarkation for all who journey to find this elusive and amorphous “creature” we call personality. […]

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Moving Forward
Dana Wicker Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Dallas Baptist University

The woman sits in the therapist’s office, twisting a tissue, describing a life of desperation and self-condemnation. She has been told that God has forgiven her but she has not experienced the peace that others have promised her. Moving Forward: Six Steps to Forgiving Yourself and Breaking Free from the Past by Everett Worthington Jr. is a book that therapists and people struggling with self- forgiveness will want to read. Worthington, as he has done before, combines solid research, clinical results, biblical principles and his own personal story of his journey toward God and self- forgiveness. To help people move from self-condemnation to self-forgiveness, Worthington provides a six-step process. He cautions though that everyone’s journey is different and that the order of the steps and time spent on each step may vary. The steps are: […]

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