Effective Coping for Emotional Distress

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Earlier today I offered some reflections on what people-of-faith need to know about depression.  I promised that I'd offer some additional thoughts on effective coping for emotional distress.Effective coping strategies enable a person to gather their psychological, emotional, spiritual, and relational resources so that they can respond to the problems they are facing.  By contrast, ineffective coping strategies simply allow a person to escape, withdraw, or numb themselves for a time, but w … [Read more...]

The Four Components of Wisdom

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I think most of us would like to be wise, or at least hope to become wise one day.  But I wonder how many of us could articulate what wisdom really looks like.  I suspect most of us know wisdom when we see it, but how many of us would be able to articulate the skills or abilities make up wisdom?Wisdom: 4 Keys to Getting UnstuckToday on More2Life Radio, we discussed "getting unstuck."  When we encounter situations that leave us not knowing what to do and we feel trapped or stuck, it is wi … [Read more...]

What Stage is Your Faith?

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We have a tendency to think that faith is faith.  But we all recognize that faith grows and changes with time.  What if faith evolved over specifically definable stages? What stage of faith would you be in?  What stage of faith are you called to be moving toward?Universal Stages of FaithIn his classic book, Stages of Faith:  The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning, Dr. James Fowler looks at how faith evolves over time. He identifies 6 Stages of Faith Development.   I … [Read more...]

Faith, Spirituality, Belief, Religion…What’s the Difference?

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Conventionally, we tend to use words like, "faith", "spirituality", "belief" and "religion" interchangeably and, generally speaking, there isn't anything wrong with that. But it may interest you to know that for those who study the psychology of religion, these words do have different meanings.  More than just an academic distinction, these differences can actually be quite enlightening and helpful for you in making clearer sense out of the different aspects of your own faith journey.  Let's l … [Read more...]

Religion & Spirituality Affect Health in Different Ways

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Are people who say they are "spiritual but not religious people" not as healthy as people who are both spiritual and religious?  That could well be the case.Religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health, new research from Oregon State University indicates.  "Religion helps regulate behavior and health habits, while spirituality regulates your emotions, how you feel," said Carolyn Aldwin, a gerontology professor in the College of Public Health and Human S … [Read more...]

Will Your Kids Stay Catholic? (UPDATED)

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Most parents hope that their adult children will remain in the faith in which they were raised.  Lisa and I often hear, both on the radio and in our counseling practice, from parents who are profoundly upset that their adult children have left the Church.Obviously, parents can never guarantee that children will follow in their footsteps with regard to their beliefs but there are things that can be done to stack the deck.  When it comes to raising kids to stay Catholic, the research is pretty … [Read more...]

Coming Wed on More2Life: The God Connection (Plus, Win a Free Book! Details Below)

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Coming WEDNESDAY on More2Life-- The God Connection:  God loves you so much!  He is reaching out to you in so many ways.   Today on More2Life, we'll look at the ways we can draw closer to God and how to remove the obstacles that stand in our path.Call in at 877-573-7825 from Noon-1 Eastern (11-Noon Central) with your questions about experiencing God's love more fully in your daily life.WIN A FREE BOOK!  (Details below).Wed Q of the D:  (Two-Fer.  Answer one or both).1. When are you … [Read more...]

Why Don’t Christians Blame God When Bad Things Happen?

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When terrible things happen, such as the tragic events in Moore, Oklahoma, non-believers often challenge Christians by saying, "You Christians are so quick to thank God for every little good thing that happens, as if God is personally causing the sun to rise on your rear end.  But you never blame God when bad things happen.  Why the double standard?  If God is responsible for every little good thing, why isn't he responsible for the messes too?"This is a truly important question, and one th … [Read more...]


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