We live in a world that truly embraces mental health awareness more than ever before. Still, we need to continue to grow in our collective and personal understanding of trauma.Continue reading
Our Trauma and Reactions to Certain Faith Groups
Catholics are accused of worshipping Mary.
Evangelicals are accused of worshipping the Bible.
Both are, perhaps, overreactive statements.
Lodging these accusations are a way of getting at the group whom we oppose. (And this is true not just with religious-faith groups.)Continue reading
Reflections on the Trinity and the Holy Spirit
I’ve noticed a growing practice within certain groups of the church, one in which the Holy Spirit is referred to as simply “Holy Spirit”, i.e., without use of the definite article “the”. For example, “Holy Spirit is our close friend.”Continue reading
Maundy Thursday Reflection
Today is Maundy Thursday, the day we remember the Jewish Passover meal that ultimately became the Last Supper.
Many are familiar with the words of Psalm 23. Particularly we find these words:Continue reading
Emotions: To Trust or Not to Trust?
Emotions. Can we trust them or not trust them? That seems to be a relevant question today where we are becoming more in touch with the world of our emotions, particularly through the rise of mental health awareness.
I know what Christians have typically taught regarding this question. You cannot trust your emotions. They are too fickle, too much of the flesh, of the soul. We need to be spirit-people. Things of that nature. And these are statements I have encountered myself.
But here’s the problem, one from the very start: The use of the word trust found within the statement, “You cannot trust your feelings.”Continue reading