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Let’s Choose Love in Fearful Times

Remember the color-coded terror threat alert system implemented by the Department of Homeland Security after September 11? Each color represented a different threat level; the greater the threat, the more vigilant citizens should be. That scale was replaced in 2011 with the National Terrorism Advisory System, which offered more specific designations and steps communities, agencies, […]

Need Voting Guidance? Try “Love Your Neighbor”

If you’re like me, you’re appalled at what the 2016 election season has revealed–not just about the state of our political system, but about who we have become. And when I say “we,” I mean this fairly personally. Sure, I’m scratching my head over the foolishness of people who seek to lead our nation. But […]

Q & A: How Do You Have Hope and Perspective When a Loved One Has Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

A Lesson in Loving People, from a Very Nice Dining Room

We stood there together, admiring the lovely table and chairs. They were high-quality pieces of furniture, solid wood and polished to a high shine. They were nothing like the cheap castoff furnishings, salvaged from curbs and left behind by previous tenants, that filled our home. “They’re antiques, family heirlooms,” our hosts told us. Both husband […]

When It Comes to People, Take the Long Route

Among the not-so-surprising news that came out last week were the most recent results of an annual survey aimed at uncovering burnout and bias among health care professionals. According to this survey, 40 percent of physicians report personal bias toward certain types of patients. Among doctors included in the survey, 62 percent admitted to bias […]

It’s All about Who Knows You

“There is a dramatic difference between being loved and being known,” says Erin Davis, author of the book Connected: Curing the Pandemic of Everyone Feeling Alone Together. “I think if we’re honest,” she says, “few of our Facebook and Twitter followers really know us. Somewhere along the way we’ve lost the know-how to knit our […]

The Church’s Response to Mental Illness: (Small) Things Are Changing

In 2010, in preparation for an article I wrote for Leadership Journal, I worked with the journal to conduct a survey of 500 churches, using the National Alliance on Mental Illness definition of mental illnesses: “medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning” and “often result […]

Is Love Really All We Need?

“Love is all we need.” This sounds really nice, and it’s very easy (and safe) to agree with. In fact, it may be one of the last assertions a person can easily launch into a diverse crowd of Americans with reasonable expectation of applause. We all know we need love, and in its distilled form […]

Choose the Life You Want…for Others

I’ve always been sort of fascinated by the mystery behind Exodus 34:7: “I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected–even children in the third and […]

In Defense of Leadership Journal

Earlier this week I returned home from a family camping trip to find an eruption of social media outrage directed at my friends and colleagues on the Leadership Journal editorial team. Once I got over my sense of confusion and shock at a few attempts (via Twitter) to pull me into the mess while I […]

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