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Making Marriage Beautiful – A Book Review

Dorothy Greco is a friend of mineā€”and a wise and thoughtful woman. This is why I was interested in reading her book Making Marriage Beautiful. I thought it would be a different kind of Christian marriage book, one that stands out from the host of less thoughtful, unoriginal books that make me wonder whether the […]

Who Benefits from Your Worry?

Think our culture of fear is something new? Think again. As long as humans have recorded history–and I suspect since long before–we have lived in fear of legitimate danger. Fear is part of life, for good reason. The world around us is full of threats–none of them more threatening than our fellow humans. Throughout the […]

Guest Post: How Forgiveness Healed Me

Please enjoy this post from my friend Saleama Ruvalcaba (you can learn a little more about her and her book at the end of this post). Saleama is a writer, student, and home educator who loves to share her own story of transformation so others can find the freedom she has found.   It was […]

Let’s Choose Love in Fearful Times

Remember the color-coded terror threat alert system implemented by the Department of Homeland Security after September 11? Each color represented a different threat level; the greater the threat, the more vigilant citizens should be. That scale was replaced in 2011 with the National Terrorism Advisory System, which offered more specific designations and steps communities, agencies, […]

Need Voting Guidance? Try “Love Your Neighbor”

If you’re like me, you’re appalled at what the 2016 election season has revealed–not just about the state of our political system, but about who we have become. And when I say “we,” I mean this fairly personally. Sure, I’m scratching my head over the foolishness of people who seek to lead our nation. But […]

Q & A: How Do You Have Hope and Perspective When a Loved One Has Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

A Lesson in Loving People, from a Very Nice Dining Room

We stood there together, admiring the lovely table and chairs. They were high-quality pieces of furniture, solid wood and polished to a high shine. They were nothing like the cheap castoff furnishings, salvaged from curbs and left behind by previous tenants, that filled our home. “They’re antiques, family heirlooms,” our hosts told us. Both husband […]

When It Comes to People, Take the Long Route

Among the not-so-surprising news that came out last week were the most recent results of an annual survey aimed at uncovering burnout and bias among health care professionals. According to this survey, 40 percent of physicians report personal bias toward certain types of patients. Among doctors included in the survey, 62 percent admitted to bias […]

It’s All about Who Knows You

“There is a dramatic difference between being loved and being known,” says Erin Davis, author of the book Connected: Curing the Pandemic of Everyone Feeling Alone Together. “I think if we’re honest,” she says, “few of our Facebook and Twitter followers really know us. Somewhere along the way we’ve lost the know-how to knit our […]

The Church’s Response to Mental Illness: (Small) Things Are Changing

In 2010, in preparation for an article I wrote for Leadership Journal, I worked with the journal to conduct a survey of 500 churches, using the National Alliance on Mental Illness definition of mental illnesses: “medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning” and “often result […]

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