Book Review: Healing Troubled Hearts by Dr. William Day
Sep22

Book Review: Healing Troubled Hearts by Dr. William Day

Dr. William Day has an impressive set of credentials.  He is a licensed clinical social worker who holds a variety of advanced degrees – a Master of Theology from Marquette University, a Master of Social Work from San Diego State University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Union Institute and University.  Yet, his book, Healing Troubled Hearts Through Exchanges with the Master, seems at some level less informed by these...

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What is Lust?
Apr15

What is Lust?

Recently, I had the distinct privilege of chatting with Soulation’s Jonalyn Fincher about that most vexing of problems, lust. Soulation is a virtual warehouse of spiritually-focused content designed to, in their words, “help people become more fully human.”  This clip is part of a larger conversation we had, the remainder of which will be published online some time in the next month or so. I hope you enjoy it! This...

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Tweet, Tweet: Mark Driscoll’s Simple World
Jan10

Tweet, Tweet: Mark Driscoll’s Simple World

A friend of mine asked me for my professional, psychological analysis of Pastor Mark Driscoll today after this tweet:   He wasn’t surprised at the content of Driscoll’s tweet, per se. My friend, an evangelical himself, understands that this line of thinking is par for the course in terms of many evangelicals’ theological viewpoint. Instead, he was trying to understand “the motivations for such a post. Is...

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Consecrated Sexual Attraction
Aug02

Consecrated Sexual Attraction

I took a deep breath when Samantha came into my office (identity changed to protect confidentiality).  Twenty years old, brown hair all the way down her back, and every bit of 5 feet 10 inches, she truly had “model good-looks.”  She was wearing a ribbed, white tank top that was nearly see-through.  The shape of her small breasts was evident, and you could trace the outline of her bra right up to the straps around her tanned...

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The American Dream for Losers
Jul04

The American Dream for Losers

*Identities changed to protect those involved.  “Come on,” I said.  “You want all of these good things for yourself.  That doesn’t seem consistent with not going to school.” “It’s not,” responded Rashid*, a handsome, African-American young man who was surprisingly engaged in counseling.  “Some days I just didn’t have a choice.” “You’ve always got a choice, man,” I said. “No, like I really didn’t have a choice.”  “Like you didn’t...

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But Aren’t You a Christian Counselor?
Apr29

But Aren’t You a Christian Counselor?

“My son, he goes to a Christian university, and we just found out last night…he’s struggling with homosexuality. Can you help him?” That’s a verbatim quote from a worried mother who contacted my counseling practice last fall. I get a handful of calls like this every year. I recall them vividly because, among other reasons, the parents are usually so sincere. It’s something that always sticks with me...

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