Category: Christianity

A Visit from An Old Friend

I was cleaning my kitchen yesterday evening.  My mind will wander and open up when I clean my kitchen, scrub the counters, and unload the dishwasher.  It must be akin to the Shower Principle.  We do something so familiar to us that our minds…

Dealing with Dissociation

  I want to talk for a moment about dissociation.  There will come a moment in almost all our lives when we will check out.  A part of us will go away in order to cope with pain.  The human brain is very complex,…

What Is The Kingdom of God?

This post isn’t a follow-up to my last post.  It’s a question really. What would happen if you were hanging out at a café with a friend during the fall, enjoying some tea and a scone and good conversation, when a stranger approaches you….

Breaking The Mold

  I have never contacted an author for any reason.  Never because I’ve liked their material.  Never to complain.  Never because I was fan-girling over their latest novel or having a fit over how they wrote a character out of a storyline.  I am…

Dangerous Religion

I think I’m going to be learning a lot from that brunch for weeks to come.  Snippets of conversations overheard are replaying in my mind.  There is a benefit to being viewed as a second-class citizen; no one pays attention to you, thus, you…

Being Your Authentic Self

I had a really weird social interaction yesterday.  I didn’t think I was going to write about it, but here I am, sitting in my bed in my pajamas under the down comforter, exhausted from the day, and my mind feels restless and preoccupied….

Context Matters

For the faithful and faithless alike, it is vital to lead an examined life.  It’s important to ask questions like: Why do I hold certain beliefs? Why do I adhere to a certain lifestyle? The wanton incuriosity that has descended upon our time isn’t…

Logical Fallacies

I was at my therapist yesterday for another session.  We did not do EMDR.  Instead we spoke more about the protective emotions.  Just like on Sesame Street, the word of the day was DISGUST.  What does disgust look like in the world to me?…

Christian Gnosticism

Before I can discuss DBT, therapy, or even making any sort of forward progress in a healing environment, I feel it’s very important to stop and discuss something that can get in the way of our ability to recovery–Gnosticism.  What is Gnosticism? “Gnosticism (from gnostikos, “learned”,…

The Borderline Church

It is not my intent to offend people by writing my observations.  I’m not trying to be provocative.  I am, however, going to point out a dynamic that has been swirling about church culture for as long as I’ve been privy to it.  It’s…