Human Reductionism

Have you ever noticed that we love to paint people with broad brush strokes in one color? Depressed people? "Mentally ill." Whoosh goes the brush. Your husband? "Lazy." The brush in your fingers slides across the canvas with one big Whoosh. The disabled? "Sad and needy." Swish. Zooey Deschanel? "Quirky and adorable." I pick up a big dollop of … Continue reading Human Reductionism

4 Things to Know About Human Nature

What drives us?  In November of 2017, Devin Kelley walked into a small church in rural Sutherland Springs, Texas, and shot and killed 26 parishioners. Though all of the mass shootings grip my heart, this one especially shocked and horrified me, because I grew up in Northeast Texas. The slaughter of men, women, and even … Continue reading 4 Things to Know About Human Nature

How Shame was Born: A Theological Perspective

Peter Scazzero’s Awakening In Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Pastor Peter Scazzero shares his story of growing up in an Italian-American family. Ever pushing himself and his family, Peter’s father's greatest goal for his children was that they go to college. Dad’s workaholic bent left Mom alone to raise Peter and his four siblings. During those years, … Continue reading How Shame was Born: A Theological Perspective

Symptoms vs. Root Cause

The Annoyance of Symptoms Our feelings often produce pesky symptoms, like inability to concentrate for a depressed person, constant hand-washing for an OCD sufferer, or nail-biting for an anxious person. Symptoms like these can cause secondary irritation for the person who is already suffering psychologically. At their extreme, the symptoms in and of themselves can … Continue reading Symptoms vs. Root Cause