Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling and Training

My wife and I first published this book last September... but by November we already realized that we had to make some tweaks to it. Most of the changes were changes of spellings or changes of words. These were not major things, but they should be done. We were able to finish that review and … Continue reading Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling and Training

The Mumu in the Mirror

Some time ago, I was at a person's house. I don't know the person that well--- more of a friend of a friend. That person, I will call "Deb" for the purpose of this story, took me to a mirror in her house and asked me to pray. She had seen a "mumu" (one of … Continue reading The Mumu in the Mirror

Empathy and Altruism

What is Empathy? "Empathy" was first used as a technical term in psychology by E. B. Titchener in the 1920s. It was developed from the Greek word "empatheia" meaning "feeling into." In practice it is commonly used to express a person's ability to "perceive the subjective experience of another." <Goleman, 98> A more technical (and … Continue reading Empathy and Altruism

Solomon’s Second Dream (a speculative story)

In Gibeon Solomon had his first dream. As he slept, God appeared to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon replied, “… Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how … Continue reading Solomon’s Second Dream (a speculative story)

So What is Pastoral Theology Anyway?

Try looking up "Pastoral Theology" with an internet search engine and get ready for confusion. With Google, the dictionary function gives the following definition: Christian theology that considers religious truth in relation to spiritual needs. This definition is not horrible but every part of it is so vague that one wonders who would find it … Continue reading So What is Pastoral Theology Anyway?