Become yourself. It might sound like a bad line from a Disney movie. Or a trite piece of advice from a self-help guru. I was working with a client in the first years I practiced as a therapist. After six weeks of work, she spontaneously uttered, "I think I'm done with counseling. I've found myself!" … Continue reading “Just Become Yourself”: A Bad Line from a Disney Movie or the Wisest Counsel of All?
In the last post, I addressed the emotional and spiritual health of a pastor from the perspective of church history. From that, I hope you gained some insight on the importance on pastoral soul care for Baxter and Spurgeon, Rutherford and Calvin. But we live in different times, now. In this post, I intend to be … Continue reading the emotionally and spiritually healthy pastor (part 2)
There is no rescue without suffering, no transformation without a wilderness, no kingdom without a cross. This difficult message, more often than not, is rejected by Christians, not by skeptics. Skeptics, in fact, are strangely attracted to the Jesus of the Bible, not the Jesus draped in the American flag or the Jesus whose message … Continue reading no kingdom without a cross
I heard an interview with a struggling baseball player the other day. The radio personality interviewing him said, "It must be tough right now." The player said, "It's always tough. We work in a profession where succeeding 3 out of every 10 times is success. We've got to learn to deal with frequent failure." The … Continue reading on self-compassion, inner critics, and becoming the beloved | 3
One of the most frequent questions I get in a city like San Francisco is this: How do I understand my calling? San Francisco is filled with 20 and 30-something's wrestling with call. I like this question, because it gets beyond the typical question: What kind of work should I do? Calling is about something … Continue reading Knowing Your Calling