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The Right Use of Freedom

The Right Use of Freedom

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery....For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one...

Realizing Hope: Sermon on Romans 5:1-5

Realizing Hope: Sermon on Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our...

Blessed Poverty and Knowing Christ

Blessed Poverty and Knowing Christ

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven....Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Mt 5:3, 6). Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount – and all his teachings in Matthew, for that matter – with this...

Jesus Versus Belief In a Just World

Jesus Versus Belief In a Just World

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy (Matthew 5:7). Psychology of Victim-Blaming and Belief in a Just World In the 1960s, a young psychologist-in-training named Melvin Lerner noticed that many who worked with him to help psychiatric patients tended to...

Temptations of the Beloved

Temptations of the Beloved

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God....Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:8, 10). Read Luke 4:1-13 At his birth thirty years before, angels roused shepherds and rushed them to see the...

Joseph’s Forgiveness After the Long Loneliness

Joseph’s Forgiveness After the Long Loneliness

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.... Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:7, 9). As colorful as his famous coat, Joseph’s story keeps us on the edge of our seats like none other in scripture.  The long...

As a psychotherapist and spiritual director, I bring well-honed insight and skill to these posts; yet, my vulnerability plays a more important part, for more than advice from experts, serious people of faith need resonance with fellow travelers.

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