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4 Ways to Cope with Pain

4 Ways to Cope with Pain

There are not many constants in life, but one is that we will experience pain. We may not like it, but it’s part of our reality as human beings. We experience physical pain and sickness. Relationships get strained and break down. Divorces happen. The cancer test comes...
Go For Two

Go For Two

I spent the last week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, doing some research on how people are recovering psychologically and spiritually after the flood. On Sunday, we had the day off from collecting data, so I decided to take a quick trip to New Orleans and see the Saints...
Share Your Full Truth (Even When It’s Tough)

Share Your Full Truth (Even When It’s Tough)

I remember talking with a friend who was struggling in his marriage. The problems had been going on a long time, and he was starting to feel hopeless about his situation. “Have you talked to her about it?” I asked. “Sort of,” he replied. They had talked about their...
Healing is a Process

Healing is a Process

The other day, I was attending counseling, and I felt frustrated that I wasn’t better yet. I was talking about a problem I was having, and it seemed like I had been struggling with similar issues forever. I was probably being a bit dramatic, but I was sick and tired...
The Good in the Bad

The Good in the Bad

This post is Part 2 in a 3-part blog series on good and bad. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Last time I talked about how there can be some pretty big problems with the things we consider ‘good,’ especially if we put too much importance on those...
Why are Churches So Homogeneous?

Why are Churches So Homogeneous?

Churches can be pretty homogeneous. I noticed this the other day. I sat down at my local church last Sunday morning, and happened to look around. Pretty much everyone looked like me. Most people were White, and just about everyone appeared to be upper-middle class....
I Can’t

I Can’t

“I can’t do it!” I was playing a game with one of my friend’s children. It was a little tricky. You had to hit this ball back and forth to each other with a paddle, and it required some hand-eye coordination. What made an impression on me was the effect the words had...
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