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HOMOSEXUALITY, RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, AND THE COUNSELING IMPLICATIONS FOR A CULTURE IN CRISIS

Vetoing Religious Liberty On Wednesday, February 26, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed state Senate Bill 1062. The bill sought to provide a basis for legal defenses in discrimination suits brought against those who do not wish to provide services for homosexual weddings because such involvement contradicts their sincerely held religious beliefs. In her...

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BALANCING FAMILY AND MINISTRY

Part 1: Priority and Capacity Over the last several weeks I have been pulled aside by several young pastors asking me for advice. They want to know how to balance the demands of ministry and the demands of their family. These are younger guys in their 20s and 30s and they are stressed...

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BALANCING FAMILY AND MINISTRY

Part 2: Situations, Seasons and Accountability In Part 1, I discussed two of the five categories that I think of when answering young ministers about how to balance their family and ministry. This part discusses the rest of those five principles that, while not hard and fast rules, have been helpful...

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COUNSELING LESSONS AT CHRISTMAS

Part 1: Hope “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name ‘Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).” Matthew 1:23 This passage informs the Christmas story as much as any other in the Bible, and we are accustomed to reading it at this time of year. Though you...

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THE SPIRITUAL NATURE OF MENTAL ILLNESS

Part 4: What Psychiatrists Don’t know About Hard Problems I have been trying to argue that Christians have been guilty of not appreciating the spiritual nature of mental illness.  We unwisely and unnecessarily assume that complex problems are beyond our capabilities, entrusting the most troubled people in our culture exclusively to...

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THANKSGIVING AND PORNOGRAPHY

Thanksgiving, Free Time, and Sin It is Thanksgiving week and people all across the country are taking time off from work and school to enjoy a feast with family and friends. During this happy time of the year, many will spend this extra time growing in deep relationships with God and others,...

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