Newsletter – March 2015


In This Issue

The care of souls is a high calling. It is a Christian calling. Walter Winchell said, “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” As fellow Christian psychologists, you are people who choose to walk in. You choose to enter the mess of people’s lives. You choose to journey together with others through trying seasons and difficult circumstances.

The older I get, the more I realize the necessity of this calling, to the church and to those outside of it. The Society for Christian Psychology, the journal Edification, and this newsletter have been lifelines for me in a hurting world. I have been encouraged to think and to feel deeply and in many different ways by those who have shared their work here. I pray that you too may be encouraged by this newsletter and that the Holy Spirit may continue to encourage you to walk in when the world walks out.

Jason Kanz
Marshfield Clinic

Forming an Authentic Self in an Inauthentic World
Kenneth Boa

”Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” (John 21:15)

In recent days, I have been haunted by this penetrating question. Perhaps “these” referred to the boon of fish, symbolizing the joy of successful work. Or Jesus may have meant the other disciples, alluding to the pleasures of friendship with likeminded people. Our Lord could even have been asking Peter whether his love for Him exceeded the other disciples’ love for Him. Regardless of the referent, however, the piercing point of the question remains the same. As we substitute our names for “Simon, son of John” we sense the voice of Jesus as His eyes gaze into our souls, inviting us to a ruthless examination of what we may love more than Him. There in the wellspring of the soul we find the conflicted desires of our true and false selves. […]

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Listening to Silence
Scott Holman

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy, and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” (C.S. Lewis, From The Weight of Glory, taken from A Year with C.S. Lewis)

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
(Ps 62:1-2 ESV)

What if silence had a language? What does it say? How do we acquire ears that can hear it? […]

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The Way of Self-Centeredness
Jason Kanz

The “love chapter”, 1 Corinthians 13, is familiar to many of us. Perhaps too familiar. It is a classic wedding reading and its words fill many greeting cards. I was reading it again recently and I was reminded what a dynamite chapter it really is. Most of us casually handle these few verses like some comfortable trinket, tossing them into a junk drawer until we happen to be rummaging around and happen back upon it when we think, “Oh, I used to love this chapter.” We must guard against that mistake. […]

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The God Who Sees
Valerie Murphy

God is the unseen guest at every meal; the silent listener to every conversation. Does this describe El-Roi, the God who sees? (Gen. 16:13-14; Psalm 34;15; 139)

The truth is that through Christ, through the cross God has removed all of our transgressions, sins, mistakes, “whoopsies”, and boo boos from His vision; so much so, that they are placed as far as the east is from the west. […]

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Can Neuropsychology Find a Meaningful Place in Christian Psychology?
Jason Kanz

As a practicing clinical neuropsychologist and the editor of the newsletter for the Society for Christian Psychology, Soul & Spirit, I am uniquely interested in the question “can neuropsychology find a meaningful place in Christian psychology?” Before identifying where neuropsychologists might fit in Christian psychology proper, it is appropriate to suggest possible barriers. […]

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