HEALING…NOT YET HEALED

The store was so cluttered with postcards, coffee cups, shell-dolls, agates and kitchen kitsch that I could not see who was speaking but could only hear their voices from across the shop. I was up early, Sharon was sleeping in, and so I headed down to the hotel lobby...

Prayer for Blessing

William Cowper (1731-1800) is my favorite poet. Cowper, considered one of England’s finest poets, had a difficult life, marked by tremendous battles with chronic depression, including one attempt at suicide. He wrote some of the most beautiful hymns we often...

A Candle in the Window

It was revealed to [the Old Testament prophets] that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven– things into which angels long to...

A Candle in the Window

The great task of the American people is to continuously and faithfully explore and apply the first sentence in our Declaration of Independence, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with...

Naming it: Of Cults and Narcissists, Part Two

Another word that demands attention is the word narcissist. I just did a Google search on the word, which resulted in 58,900,000 results. That’s fifty-eight million. That’s a lot of narcissist. Narcissism is a malignant personality type/disorder, long recognized by...

October 5th: Spiritual Abuse Forum for Education

We will host another Spiritual Abuse Forum for Education on October 5th, 7pm, AT MCMENAMINS KENNEDY SCHOOL, on NE 33rd off of Killingsworth Blvd. (Note: we’re NOT meeting at the church–this is a new venue!) At this meeting we will focus on the personality...

Small Group Guidelines paper

Our own Logan Lawrence leads a small group at our neighbor church, Bridgetown Church. He has graciously taken the principles from my dissertation and crafted a paper regarding healthy small groups. Great work, Logan! Bridgetown Communities Spiritual Health...