Authority and Freedom

On September 19, 2019, Posted by , In Christian living, quotes, Tamara's Blog, By , , With No Comments

“Where authority is, freedom is; and where authority is lost , freedom is lost. This holds good for all kinds of authority. Without adults who demand mature behavior, the child is not free to grow up; without teachers to set standards of excellence, the scholar is not free to excel;…

Counseling and Wisdom

As far as helping methods go it is easier to sell so-called expertise, methods, and quick fixes.  We tend to want ready answers, thus cookie-cutter wisdom, but wisdom cannot be packaged.  It is not wooden or simplistic. More often than not real change requires significant shifts in perspective and motivation;…

Complicated People

On February 29, 2016, Posted by , In counseling philosophy, George's Blog, By , With No Comments

As inconvenient as the condition suggested by our title may be, it describes all of us.  Some attempt to “flatten” humanness by a mechanistic definition of man.  Headmaster Thomas Gradgrind in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times was not the first nor the last to do so: “Thomas Gradgrind, Sir.  A man of realities.  A…

Understanding

On December 18, 2015, Posted by , In counseling philosophy, George's Blog, quotes, By , With No Comments

“We will not achieve an accurate knowledge of ourselves, of what has gone wrong with us, and of what we are meant to be, unless we lift our eyes from ourselves to ponder God’s nature….”     -Mark Talbot

Why Theology?

For many, the connection between counseling and theology is not clear.  Our tendency is to look to the field of psychology for answers to personal problems and to look to the Bible for answers to spiritual questions.  But in fact theology, properly understood, is intensely personal.  It should not be…