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Shame vs. Guilt

A few weeks back, a question was raised after the sermon as to the difference between shame and guilt. In the mental health profession, there has been a lot of attention given to this question, so I thought I would offer some thoughts. There’s an oft repeated phrase in the helping profession that captures the difference between guilt and shame quite nicely. Guilt is about what I’ve don...

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A home yet to come

The last few years, as part of my graduate studies in Mental Health, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and studying on culture. This involved not a small amount of researching and experiecing cultural groups and practices and doing a lot of thinking (and a lot of research papers) over a 3.5 year period concerning my own culture and cultural experiences and how they might impact the counselin...

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Anxiety and Vespers

I appreciated Mark’s thoughts on anxiety this week. I know I’m not alone in feelings of anxiety, but sometimes it feels like I am. Recently, I’ve been growing tired of a particular kind of anxiety and have asked God if we can really drill down on this issue in my life and get it out of the way. Part of that process is confession and bringing what was formally in the dark into the...

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I am from…

There’s a wonderful poem by George Ella Lyon titled Where I’m From. Inspired by this poem I thought it would be a fun way to share with each other more about our lives. I am from… Appalachian hills, grassy green and snowy white Riverbeds, cricks, hollers, crawdads and swimmin holes Berry-purple stained hands, picked in the sun I am from urban streets, chain link fence, sirens bla...

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A Place to Belong

Last week, my kids, along with many other little Villagers, got to participate in Maker’s Camp. I’ve always looked forward to the summer as a fun time to explore new things and have new experiences, so we’ve been doing summer programs – in one form or another – for 13 years. VBSs, Sports Camps, Library Programs, Mom’s Groups, etc. etc. Most of the time, I would ...

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