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17 Jan: 3 Simple Questions for Those Who Need Pain Relief

I’ve often heard it said, “From the hardest struggles come the greatest gifts.” This has certainly been the case in my own life. My son was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a potentially life-threatening type of lymphatic cancer. There’s no way you can prepare yourself for the…

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08 Jun: Finding an alternative to the anxious pursuit of happiness parading as American Christianity

In My Bright Abyss, poet and Yale professor Christian Wiman wrote, “There is nothing more difficult to outgrow than anxieties that have become useful to us.”

I’m a psychotherapist who used to be a Baptist pastor in the Southeast. For much of my life I have believed that anxiety is not only an unfortunate byproduct of pursuing excellence in my life and work (sort of like off-gassing for the human soul) but a deeply integral component of that which secures my success. Somehow I picked up along the way that my anxiety was a reliable way of measuring how hard I was working and how seriously I was taking the next assignment, job, prayer, paper, relationship or client.