fear, loss of control, and theological conflict

I’ve written many times on this blog about how deep fear of loss of control sits behind heated theological conflict (e.g., here). I recently came across psychologist David G. Benner’s comments on fear, and though he is not talking about theological conflict specifically, what he says is certainly applicable to various situations dealing with disagreement over [Read More...]

something to ponder: should we fear God?

Recently Dr. David G. Benner posted some brief thoughts on whether fear should characterize our response to God (taken from his book Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality). Remember, these are spiritual reflections, not an academic analysis of the various dimensions of fear and love, or how they might play off of each [Read More...]

Theological Growth: Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Theological growth is like renovating your house. You think your 120 year-old Victorian is rock solid, the envy of the neighborhood, though maybe needing a touch up here and there. Until an expert builder does a walk through–and what he finds isn’t pretty. One side of the house is resting on a cracking foundation. You couldn’t [Read More...]

5 Main Challenges to Staying Christian, and moving forward anyway (part 2)

In my earlier post today, I summarized the comments I received from my initial question, “What are the one or two biggest challenges you face to staying Christian?” Now we move to part 2, which is ways in which you have found to move forward. Most of you found it very encouraging to be able to lay [Read More...]

5 Main Challenges to Staying Christian, and moving forward anyway (part 1)

In a post last week, I asked you to think about the one or two biggest challenges you face to staying Christian. Including private emails, I got about 300 responses, many of them heartfelt and moving. Thanks for your courage and honesty! Although a wide range of challenges were mentioned and specifics naturally differ, I grouped them under [Read More...]


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