The Imperative Marriage between Spiritual Formation and Counseling

In chess, the possibilities vary according to the piece. Skill at helping people grow spiritually, like skill at playing chess, depends on understanding and valuing differences. – John Ortberg

I have been a professional counselor for over twenty years. You can either applaud or hold your head for how crazy I must be. Actually, though I want to quit just about every four months, I would not trade the joy of watching transformation occur for – well, anything. My graduate training was stellar – and over the years I’ve particularly appreciated a requirement we had: that we enter our own process of self-reflection and examination through receiving counseling ourselves.


The Soul of Music

I don’t know about you, but I often fast forward through CDs and iPod songs, until I come to rest on my favorite lyrics. Impatient, maybe, but the truth is, I’m mining for treasure.  Music has shaped my soul. Major themes; perfect harmonies sustained (sus). Minor chords; which, at times, seemed like it would not resolve… until it came to rest (R). It would not be too strong to say that, in those times, music held the dissonance of my life.  (more…)

Reading Beyond the Headlines

Writing a blog for Conversations Journal is intimidating. Though I know it is illusion, I have this image of a typical reader to be someone who lives in holy rhythms all day long, a communal lunch perfectly placed between lauds and vespers, silence and service.  My rhythms look a bit more like ventricular fibrillation.  I am also a reluctant blogger. So this should prove a good discipline for me, making a blog offering each month, as topics are assigned.

This month’s topic? Do a Lectio Divina of my life in this past year.

Wow. Starting easy, huh?


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