Counseling Resource Workshop

Details: Register here for the Counseling Workshop, “Helping People with Sexual Addictions and Sexual Identity” at Apostolic School of Theology in Elk Grove, CA on March 5th, 2015. Workshop Location: Apostolic School of Theology | 8434 Bradshaw Rd. Elk Grove, CA 95624 *Note: If you are not yet a member, but would like to become a…

Teens In Love

At various times throughout the year, the top Google search is the query, “What is love?”  In fact, it was the top search of 2012. Love. It’s the one concept that seems to defy all barriers of life – whether of culture, religion, socioeconomic status, or age. From the moment an infant crowns and the…

From Suffering to Surrender

I am not really into puzzles, but one day I saw an especially beautiful one and bought it.  I took it home and dumped the contents of the box on the table and instead of a beautiful picture what I saw was a bunch of disconnected and scattered pieces; the longer I looked at it,…

Forgiveness, Is It Possible?

The World News headline from May 26, 2012 reads: “Nazi war criminal Klaas Carel Faber dies at 90 in Germany, still a fugitive.” On the day the article was published, over 100 people responded with their comments.  Most were too vulgar to publish in this magazine, but I included just a few mild ones for…

“YOLO”: False Anxiety Relief or a Commitment to Courageous Leadership?

“YOLO!” Tweens, teens and young adults across America have ecstatically uttered this word lately. The trendy acronyms stands for “You Only Live Once” and constitutes a suggestion to relinquish the cautious and careful approach to life in order to gain a perceived sense of unrestrained freedom. What do we make of this generational paradigm shift?…

Talk the Talk!

The Bishop of a fairly large church pulled me aside so no one else could hear our conversation.  He said, “I need you to be as direct as you possibly can with our church.” He sighed and then dropped his head.  “We have ignored these topics for so long thinking they would eventually disappear while…

What is Soteric Counseling?

The principal conveyors of the concept of salvation in the New Testament are members of the sozo (save, keep safe, preserve, rescue, make well) word group, the noun soteria, the adjective soterios, the noun soter, as well as the compound diasozo. The stem of these words, sao or so, means “whole, fresh, healthy,” and the…