Newsletter – June 2013

 
In This Issue

Ascetical Theology and Christian Psychology

Believing as we Behave

Ravished By Beauty

Not Destroyed

The Primary Human Problem – Part 4

A review of Grace in Addiction

Around the Web

June 2013
Happy Summer,

Here in Wisconsin, we had a very long winter with more snow than I have seen in a long time. As the father of three little ones, I was privileged to see what cabin fever truly looks like as I suspect many of you in northern climes were. The world is waking up, which is always a wonderful time of year. So too Soul & Spirit has been slumbering for a few months. There was a change in the publication structure which delayed some of our newsletters, though I am hopeful that we are now getting back to normal. This issue contains some wonderfully encouraging and engaging pieces that I hope you will benefit from. As always, I am eager for ideas and suggestions.

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

Ascetical Theology and Christian Psychology
Rev’d Canon Dr. Kevin Goodrich, O.P.
Third Master of the Anglican Order of Preachers (Dominicans)

Ascetical theology is the study of the spiritual life or the study of the way of perfection. Classically, it traces its roots to the early fathers and mothers (desert and otherwise), but has been practiced by Christians of different stripes since the beginning. It could be said that our Lord Himself outlined the foundation principles of ascetical theology in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Here Jesus makes it plain that the spiritual life cannot be limited to outward behavioral conformity, but must include a transformation of an individual’s inward disposition. Murder and adultery can – spiritually speaking – be committed in the heart, with words, as well as in the body (Matthew 5:22-3, 28). Ascetical theology, like modern expressions of Christian psychology, takes seriously the notion that our inward and outer lives matter to God and that by the power of the Holy Spirit, each can of us can be transformed, inside and out (Romans 12:1-2) […]

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Believing as we Behave
James Spiegel
Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Taylor University

It is common for people to think the causal connection between belief and behavior goes only one direction. As the German poet Heinrich Heine wrote, “The thought precedes the deed as the lightening the thunder” (Heine, 1986, p. 159). And a biblical proverb says, “As a man thinks, so is he” (Pr. 23:7). But the belief-behavior connection is a two-way street—they mutually impact one another. That behavior also impacts belief is borne out by psychological research on how people deal with conflicts between their conduct and convictions (Festinger, 1957; Albarracin and Wyer, 2000). Humans are naturally geared to seek consistency between them and thus resolve the cognitive dissonance such conflict creates. […]

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Ravished By Beauty
Jim Cofield
CrossPoint
www.cpministry.wordpress.com

Recently, Rich and I spent a couple days the staff, elders, and mates of Living Stones Church in Reno, Nevada. The lead pastor, Harvey Turner, and the 50 plus people attending the retreat were an absolute delight. They love Jesus and want a deepening relationship with the Triune God as they serve their community. They listened intently and asked great questions. […]

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Not Destroyed
Serena Woods

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” -1 Corinthians 4:7-10 ESV […]

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The Primary Human Problem – Part 4
Rick Sholette, M.Div., Th.M.
Paraclete Ministries
www.paracleteministries-rsholette.com

In the final part of this four part series on “the primary human problem”, Rick Sholette addresses the issue of infirmity. —Jason Kanz […]

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A review of Grace in Addiction
Jason Kanz, Ph.D.
Marshfield Clinic

As a fan of the Mockingbird blog, over the past few months, I have seen occasional references to a book written by John Zahl entitled Grace in Addiction: The Good News of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everybody (2012). As a Christian psychologist, this book piqued my curiosity. Certainly, addictions are of interest to psychologists though many of us do not work intentionally or exclusively with addicts. Furthermore, I confess that despite my knowing that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has “a Big Book” and “12 steps”, I really did not know much about it and I was hoping this book could shed some light. […]

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Around the Web

5 most common disorders share genetic information. According to a recent study published in the journal Lancet, the 5 most common mental health issues—autism, ADHD, major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia share genetic material. This raises questions not only about our current diagnostic structure, but also about the ongoing role of genetic influences on psychological disorders […]

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