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Not Part of Our Group

Not Part of Our Group

There’s an interesting story in the Gospel of Mark that critiques our tendency to form little groups or cliques based on our particular understanding of God. Here’s what happened: “Teacher,” said John, “We saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to...
Check Your Ego At The Door

Check Your Ego At The Door

Ego is a complicated thing. From a psychological perspective, our ego is the part of us that is concerned with self-esteem or self-importance. Our ego tries to argue that we are good, competent, well-liked, and successful. It gathers information from our environment...
Are You a Prophet or Peacemaker?

Are You a Prophet or Peacemaker?

This past year, I have been reminded about the many tensions and conflicts in our society. We are a divided nation—racially, religiously, and politically. Social Media Activism I love social media, but sometimes the intensity of people’s posts frustrates me. Even when...
Should Donald Trump Be Impeached?

Should Donald Trump Be Impeached?

My guess is that nothing I could write in this blog post could change your mind about whether Donald Trump should be impeached. The reality is that most of us have already made up our minds about this issue. This is true even though many of us are dealing with limited...
The Insanity of Comparison

The Insanity of Comparison

One thing many of us struggle with is comparing ourselves to others. I recognized this the other day when I was at the airport. I checked in, and headed down toward the priority security line. (I travel a lot, and as a thank you for all the money I give the airlines,...
Think Workability, Not Ideology

Think Workability, Not Ideology

A lot of times in life, we are worried about doing the right thing. We have clear views about what is right and what is wrong. We get triggered and angry when someone else has a different moral position. We lose sleep and get stressed out because another person...
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...
I Hope We Elect to Kick Ass

I Hope We Elect to Kick Ass

While taking calls on his weekly radio show before the LSU game, Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked a simple question by one of the callers: “If you win the coin toss, will you elect to kick or receive?” Saban’s response was epic: “I hope we elect to kick ass!” The...
3 Reflections on the Megyn Kelly Blackface Panel

3 Reflections on the Megyn Kelly Blackface Panel

Megyn Kelly has received harsh criticism following a segment on her morning TV show this week where she defended blackface Halloween costumes. What Did She Say? “But what is racist?” Kelly asked. “Because you do get in trouble if you are a white...
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