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Assimilation, Accommodation, and Personal Growth

Assimilation, Accommodation, and Personal Growth

I was listening to a talk the other day about how our brains develop, and the speaker made some interesting comments that are applicable to all of our lives, especially if we want to grow. Schemas The speaker talked about how we all develop certain schemas. Schemas...
3 Virtues in the Wizard of Oz

3 Virtues in the Wizard of Oz

I was reading an interesting paper the other day, and the authors argued that the key virtues for a good life can each be found in the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” The 3 virtues are each connected to one of the 3 “helpers” that Dorothy meets along her...
The Table Isn’t Yours

The Table Isn’t Yours

Our pastor shared a powerful story the other day about the importance of inclusion, love, and respect, especially toward people who are different from us. An older gentleman at our church grew up in foster care, and bounced around from home to home growing up. There...
As They Went, They Were Healed

As They Went, They Were Healed

There’s a famous story in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus heals ten people with leprosy. To give a bit of background, leprosy was a progressive skin condition that was extremely debilitating. Also, people who had leprosy were excluded from community life, and forced to...
Should We Interpret the Bible Like the Constitution?

Should We Interpret the Bible Like the Constitution?

I finished reading a book awhile back about what the Bible has to say about human sexuality. It was an interesting read. One of the author’s main points was that it is problematic to pick and choose various Bible verses to support one’s particular position on...
Who is My Neighbor?

Who is My Neighbor?

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the Good Samaritan. If you haven’t heard it before, Jesus is talking with another religious leader about what you need to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asks the guy what he thinks. What Should We Do? The religious leader...
How to Be Humble in the Trump Age

How to Be Humble in the Trump Age

As a society, we seem more divided and polarized than ever. We put ourselves into groups, based on our cultural background, religion, or political worldview. This is normal—as human beings, we feel a deep need to be part of a group and community. As psychologist...
The Story of the Farmer and the Leaky Pot

The Story of the Farmer and the Leaky Pot

A long time ago, there lived a farmer. The farmer owned a watering pot, and for many years the farmer would carry his pot from his big old farmhouse at the top of the hill, down the road to his fields below. The watering pot was a kind pot, always talking with and...
Does God Still Speak to Us Today?

Does God Still Speak to Us Today?

I was having dinner with a friend awhile back, and he asked me whether I thought God still speaks to us today. My friend was struggling. He had been praying and wanted God to encourage him and speak to him. But he felt like God was silent and far away. When he asked...