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             15 April, 2024


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Religion v. Spirituality (Popularity: )
A sundance brother recently asked my views on the differences between religion and spirituality for possible inclusion in his doctoral thesis. An interesting question, I thought, as the common assumption is that religion is spiritual, that the two terms are interchangeable, even synonymous. To question that is to ask if religions actually lack a true spiritual foundation. This is not only a large topic, but borderline heretical in some circles. ...

A Book Review & Critique Of Jay Adams' Book Competent To Counsel (Popularity: )
It wasn't until the early 1970's when I was introduced to Jay Adams that I begin to see a great distinction between generic counseling and genuine biblical counseling. I was 21 years old at the time when the pastor of our new formed church bought and read Adam's book "Competent to Counsel." My pastor raved on the significance of the book and proceeded to indoctrinate our small flock with its ...

Confessions From A Biblical Counselor (Popularity: )
My views of counseling when I became a Christian back in the late 1960’s was the same as everyone else, i.e., if you need help, you get out the yellow pages of the telephone book, look up a counselor and make an appointment. Little or no regard was given to the type of counseling or the counselor’s credentials. It wasn’t until the early 1970’s when I was introduced to Jay ...

A Review Of Paul C. Vitz's Psychology As Religion: The Cult Of Self-worship (Popularity: )
It seems everyone you meet these days is a self-proclaimed psychologist. From radio talk shows, television interviews, romance novels, weekly magazines, to cliques at work; everybody has an opinion on the latest “mental illness.” I was first introduced to practical psychology when I joined the United States Air Force in 1970. It was expected that Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) would become counselors to their subordinates. Profession military education devoted entire chapters ...