Integrative Perspectives on Psychology and Christian Counseling

IN THE PAST, Evangelical church leaders have notoriously denounced psychology, choosing to rely only on Christian doctrine and biblical principles when counseling individuals. Lately, there is an effort in play to integrate psychological principles and therapies with Christian theology. As a Christian, I remain committed to the spiritual truths of original sin, man's sin nature, …

When Emotions Rule

THOUGHTS OF TYRANNY never induce happy thoughts. Such totalitarianism leaves little room for fulfillment of individual dreams and desires. We hope for sunshine and bunny rabbits and ice cream cones. We never expect gray skies and hopelessness, but all bets are off when emotions rule; when feelings become the main impetus for action. It is …

Act Like Men: Part 1

BAD NEWS. MEN ARE IN TROUBLE. James MacDonald says the five main areas where men spend their money—electronics, sports, cars, gambling, and alcohol—are clues to a self-centered perspective on life (1). Jason Allen writes, "Not that long ago, the phrase man of God was a common and honored descriptor in the church, but today it …

To End the Drug Crisis Bring Addiction Out of the Shadows

From the Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive DirectorOriginal Date November 8, 2021 Far too often, shame and stigma fuel addiction and prevent treatment, argues Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But replacing judgment with compassion can save lives. Science has shed much light on addiction. We now understand that …

Integrating Christian Theology and Psychology: Part Five

Steven Barto, B.S., Psy, M.A. Theology WE LEARNED IN THE previous installments of this series that psychology is a discipline with a rich history. Plato and Aristotle, for example, created elaborate theories that attempted to account for a myriad of developmental issues: memory, perception, learning. Initial philosophers and theorists took an eclectic approach, exploring matters …

2020 Drug Overdoses Were “Horrifying”

August 31, 2021 Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive DirectorNational Institute on Drug Abuse The provisional drug overdose death statistics for 2020 confirmed the addiction field’s worst fears. More people died of overdoses in the United States last year than in any other one-year period in our history. More than 93,000 people died. The increase from the …

Punishing Drug Use Heightens the Stigma of Addiction

From the Blog of Dr. Nora VolkowExecutive DirectorNATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE August 9, 2021 Our understanding of substance use disorders as chronic but treatable health conditions has come a long way since the dark days when they were thought of as character flaws — or worse. Yet our societal norms surrounding drug use and addiction continue …

The Gluttony of Our Appetites Part One: Origin

Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psy., M.A. Theology ALCOHOL. POWER. MONEY. FOOD. SEX. All of these are capable normal appetites which can morph into full-blown addictions. From a personal perspective, my desires were out of hand, and were causing ruin in my life. As hard as I struggled, getting my problem appetites under control had …

A Most Vexing Problem

Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.A. Theology FOR THE FOURTH TIME this newscast I grabbed for the remote and muted yet another 90-second commercial touting the glorious new activity of gambling online. Sexy young voluptuous blondes and brunettes with plunging necklines smile seductively and splay decks of cards, gesturing. These TV ads bear the …

Integrating Christian Theology and Psychology: Part Four

Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.A. Theology Since the birth of psychoanalysis, there has been a disconnect between psychology/psychiatry and theology. Freud’s worldview was that belief in God was nothing short of neurotic. I HAVE BEEN ASTONISHED for years about the human condition. Too much violence, sadness, depression, anxiety, and angst among the population. …

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