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Every movement that has ever competed for the loyalty of human beings has done so on the basis of a set of beliefs. Whether the movement is religious or political, philosophical or artistic, the same pattern emerges: A group of ideas, of beliefs, is affirmed to be in the first place true and in the second important. It is impossible to live life to its fullness and avoid encountering claims for our loyalty of one kind or another.

The Seven Basic Christian Roots of Early A.A.

A.A. cofounders William Griffith Wilson (“Bill W.”) and Robert Holbrook Smith, M.D. (“Dr. Bob”) both were born and raised in Vermont, had a Congregational Christian upbringing, were much involved in Bible study, knew of conversions, attended church at least once a week, and attended chapel every school day as required at the Academies in which they were “scholars” (i.e., students). Each was steeped in the seven basic Christian roots of early A.A.

What is Truth? A Biblical Perspective

Many a professing Christian's theology is no deeper than the latest evangelical cliché. Truth is one term that has suffered sorely. We are told that "All truth is God's truth" and that we must "integrate faith with learning."The notion that God has two bodies of "truth" (special revelation in His Son and His Word)and "natural revelation" that are equally authoritative and necessary for godly living is especially pernicious. I think few people have actually considered the biblical notion of truth.

On the Nature of Arguments for Mental Illness

The literature of nouthetic counseling teaches that we are accountable for our thoughts and actions. Our actions often determine our experiences, but not always. A person may be held accountable by a counselor or physician for his behavior, but not for the feelings he experiences.

Your Doctor is Not God

Once we are admittedly sick it is easy to set up the physician as god. Surrounded by his pills, surgical instruments, or other medical technology surely he has the power to make us well. Admittedly it is tempting for the physician to assume the role of deity. This is a false assumption.

Human Personhood Begins at Conception

When is a baby a person?

Am I a Murderer?

An obstetrician discusses abortion.

The Physician, The Pastor, Psychotherapy, and Counseling

A thorough discussion of the role of physicians and pastors in psychotherapy and counseling from a Biblical perspective.

Do You Have Control?

Matthew 26:39 NKJV
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."

It struck me, the other day, that the ultimate sin -- the foundational mindset that causes us to sin -- is a matter of control. We sin because we want to control... to control our circumstances, to control those around us, to control our future. We win because we want some thing rather than being willing to let God and trust God to give us what He wants.

The Real Power Of Forgiveness


To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Lewis Smedes

I wrote an article advancing a revolutionary notion: Forgiveness isn’t... easy.

No kidding.

We all struggle to forgive when we’ve been hurt. That’s sort of obvious.

So here’s a question: If it’s so hard, why bother? Why go to all the trouble of forgiving?

Why not get revenge? Why shouldn’t I make that other person suffer? Why just let it go and let him get away with it?

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