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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...
Give People Space for their Own Journey

Give People Space for their Own Journey

It’s important to give people space for their own journey. So often we want to push people to see things from our perspective. But this strategy doesn’t usually work. Religion and Sexuality Here’s an example that happened in my own life: One issue I...
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...
The New Year Evaluation

The New Year Evaluation

Happy New Year! One of the things I love about the New Year is that it is a natural time to press pause and check in with how my life is going. In this post, I’m going to teach an exercise that you can use to “check in” with yourself. I try to do...
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...
8 Keys to Emotionally Healthy Faith

8 Keys to Emotionally Healthy Faith

I’m a big believer that you can’t have spiritual health without emotional health. Part of this conviction has to do with my background. I’m a Christian, and I’m also a psychologist. The way of Jesus is the key framework that orients my life and values. I also view...
Why You Shouldn’t Count the (Sunk) Costs

Why You Shouldn’t Count the (Sunk) Costs

Before you made a decision growing up, your parents probably told you to count the costs. Usually this is good advice, unless the costs are sunk. What is a Sunk Cost? When we make a decision, we often consider resources (e.g., time, effort, money) that we have already...
What is the Payoff of Your Religion?

What is the Payoff of Your Religion?

I’d like to do something a little different today and share a parable by the theologian Peter Rollins. (Note: The language in the parable is framed toward Christians, but if that’s not your tradition, try to substitute language from your own religious or cultural...
Humility and Spiritual Growth

Humility and Spiritual Growth

This post is Part 11 in a 12-part blog series on humility and growth. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Spirituality can be kind of a hard thing to pin down. Spirituality means a lot of different things to different people, but for the sake of this...
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