Do I need therapy?

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DO I NEED THERAPY? In my work as a therapist, one question I hear a lot is, “I’m struggling with anxiety (or depression)—does that mean I’m a bad Christian?” Many of my clients believe that if they were “holier,” they wouldn’t be experiencing crippling anxiety or paralyzing depression. They believe that their struggle with a…

The need to connect

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THE NEED TO CONNECT It’s always been true, but it’s probably more evident nowadays: we have differences. It may be race, gender, generation, ideologies, politics, or religion, but the things that divide us are even more pronounced these days, which makes seeing our commonalities and the things that connect us even more difficult. But despite…

A father who plays

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For the past two years, I have been working a job that has required a daily commute of roughly two hours, more or less. Over time, it has slowly worn on me, not to mention my cars. It not only has had its effects on me, but my wife and my son also feel the…

Fighting back or letting go

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INJUSTICE: WHEN TO FIGHT BACK AND WHEN TO LET GO Injustice. It seems to be everywhere. If you watch the news, or practically anything on TV these days, you’d easily get the impression that nearly everyone is a victim of something or someone. Grievance mongers dominate the news cycle and demand restitution and exact revenge….

On Forgiveness

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THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS When I came back into the fold of Christianity after being away for a while I started reading the Bible. I have to admit I could relate to Peter on many things. When Peter asked the Lord about forgiveness (cf. Matthew 18:21-22) the Lord’s answer stopped me in my tracks. I…