Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

Why forgiveness is not a formula

I’ve never been good with equations or formulas – and I’m not just talking about the mathematical variety. I’m thinking more about those formulas you find in some Christian books whereby, if you read out a series of steps towards ‘freedom in Christ’ or ‘freedom from addiction’ and so on, you will have a good… Continue reading Why forgiveness is not a formula

Friendship and love · Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · Spiritual growth and healing

It’s good to cry

I’m fascinated by tears of the emotional variety (as opposed to those you get from cutting up onions). Why do women seem to cry more than men? And is crying actually helpful? In 1982 biochemist Dr. William H. Frey released a theory, for which there is some indirect evidence. He said tears help relieve stress… Continue reading It’s good to cry

Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Hand the glass over.

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the ‘half empty or half full’ question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz.… Continue reading Hand the glass over.

Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Jesus sees our suffering

One of my favourite Biblical characters is the woman who’s been bleeding for 12 years before she meets Jesus. According to Mosaic Law, women who were ceremonially unclean weren’t allowed to touch anyone. For those long years blood had flowed from this woman’s body, making her physically sick and socially unacceptable. The physicians of her time were unable… Continue reading Jesus sees our suffering