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Centering Prayer

Centering prayer can be one of the most difficult prayers to engage in because it requires stillness and silence, which are completely countercultural and counter-ego. Stillness and silence are countercultural to our drive-through, drive-by, and driven society that fosters a jittery nervous system and type A(DHD) personalities. Many people, therefore, think of stillness, silence, and

Centering Prayer 2018-05-20T20:03:39+00:00

Cooking, Bathing, and Soaking, Oh My!

J. P. Moreland is a poster child for intellectually savvy and deeply conservative evangelicalism. He is brilliant–stunningly so. I have learned a lot from him over the years. I was listening to his talk on YouTube, entitled “On the Promises and Problems of Petitionary Prayer” (2013). He said things that perfectly align with my vision for

Cooking, Bathing, and Soaking, Oh My! 2018-04-06T01:53:16+00:00

PRAYER IN THE AFTERMATH OF MASS SHOOTINGS

What does prayer look like in the aftermath of mass shootings? First, let me share some traditional petitionary prayers that are often prayed after such incidents: “I pray for the victims, families, and first responders.” “God, be with the families of those shooting victims.” “Pour out your grace on the surviving family members.”

PRAYER IN THE AFTERMATH OF MASS SHOOTINGS 2018-05-18T18:53:53+00:00

Rethinking the Phrase “God Allowed”

A man came into my office to speak with me about difficulties he was having with concentration. He was also struggling with anxiety and suffering from insomnia. After a brief conversation, I asked him if he took any solace in faith or spirituality. His demeanor changed instantly. His face started to flush. With an angry

Rethinking the Phrase “God Allowed” 2017-12-28T19:17:12+00:00

MENTAL HEALTH & THEODICY: YOUR BELIEFS ABOUT GOD MATTER

MENTAL HEALTH & THEODICY: YOUR BELIEFS ABOUT GOD MATTER Beliefs about God matter. What we believe about God, and in particular God’s role in the midst of suffering, has potent spiritual and psychological consequences. As a pastor and licensed therapist, I have worked with countless emotionally hurting people who struggle in their relationship with God,

MENTAL HEALTH & THEODICY: YOUR BELIEFS ABOUT GOD MATTER 2017-11-26T18:27:45+00:00

LOOKING AT HEALING PRAYER THROUGH THE LENS OF NEUROSCIENCE: MEMORY RECONSOLIDATION & THEOPHOSTIC PRAYER

LOOKING AT HEALING PRAYER THROUGH THE LENS OF NEUROSCIENCE: MEMORY RECONSOLIDATION & THEOPHOSTIC PRAYER Healing prayer, inspired by the teachings and life of Jesus and his disciples, is still being performed today. Healing prayer is a form of ministry, where one faith-filled person prays with someone who is hurting, with the goal of bringing healing

LOOKING AT HEALING PRAYER THROUGH THE LENS OF NEUROSCIENCE: MEMORY RECONSOLIDATION & THEOPHOSTIC PRAYER 2017-11-26T17:39:39+00:00

DIVINE ECHOES

“People who intentionally set aside time to prayerfully listen and conspire with God, humbly opening themselves up to receive God’s wavelengths of love, and creatively and subversively reverberate them out to the world around them.”