Why So Many Evangelicals Will Vote for Trump
Sep27

Why So Many Evangelicals Will Vote for Trump

I read Reaching for the Invisible God by Philip Yancey ten or twelve years ago. I loved it. It was so helpful for me at a time when I was lost and searching, clamoring to make sense of losing the faith of my childhood, and dreadfully uncertain that I’d ever find another one in its place. I didn’t, actually, until some six or seven years later, which is precisely why Yancey’s book provided such balm to me personally: “I have known...

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4 Powerful Henri Nouwen Quotes
Sep22

4 Powerful Henri Nouwen Quotes

Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of my unofficial patron saint, Henri Nouwen.  Outside of Richard Rohr, whom I could never have understood without doing the work Nouwen gave me to do first, no single author has impacted me more as a therapist and person. It would be impossible to overstate his influence (if it’s any indication how much this is really true, consider that my son’s name is Lev Nouwen Immanuel...

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On HB1840
May11

On HB1840

On April 27, 2016, the governor of Tennessee signed into law House Bill 1840, which “declares that no person providing counseling or therapy services will be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor or therapist; requires such counselor or therapist to refer the client to another counselor or therapist; creates immunity for such...

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Falwell Jr., Muslims, Trump, and the Layer Cake
Jan27

Falwell Jr., Muslims, Trump, and the Layer Cake

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you’ve heard about Liberty University President, Jerry Falwell, Jr., son of the late Moral Majority founder, making anti-Muslim remarks and gesturing to the handgun he was carrying during a chapel speech to Liberty University Students. Referring to the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, Falwell Jr. said that if those who’d been attacked “had what I have got in my back...

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SCOTUS & Same-Sex Marriage: Reflections on Christianity, Psychotherapy, and Fatherhood
Jul01

SCOTUS & Same-Sex Marriage: Reflections on Christianity, Psychotherapy, and Fatherhood

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  To date, I’ve not spent much time publicly discussing my thoughts regarding the intersection of Christianity and homosexuality.  This is true because it is my general opinion that this kind of meta-discourse can be unproductive at best, and destructive at worst.  The last time I wrote about it was this piece for the Huffington Post over two years ago.  <SIGH> Yet, the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing...

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