New Book

Just published our newest book--- "Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling and Training." This is the follow-on to "The Art of Pastoral Care." It is available at the link below. It is paperback. E-book will come later. https://www.amazon.com/dp/169449456X/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=Robert+Harold+Munson&qid=1569227158&s=books&sr=1-1

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)

Pastoral Supervision in the Bible

The term “supervisor” is used in the New Testament. It is ἐπισκοπῆς or "episkopes.” The term is sometimes translated bishop, pastor or overseer. The last of these is the most literal. The clerical role is not necessarily about power or control. In fact, those that see the role in terms of ecclesiastical power seem to … Continue reading Pastoral Supervision in the Bible

Supervision of Pastoral Counselors

Here is a very brief section on "philosophies" of pastoral counseling supervision from the book that my wife and I are finishing. "Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling." It is a broad overview of principles in pastoral counseling for students. Hopefully it will be published in 2019. “Philosophies” of Supervision In the supervision of counselors there are … Continue reading Supervision of Pastoral Counselors

Jonah

The Woodcarver saw it under a pile of premium woods to be turned into wooden utensils, statues, and a variety of tchotchkes for tourists. The pieces of wood always had character to them--- gnarled branches, hollow logs, and even stumps with roots. But one caught his attention. Perhaps it is a bad choice. It was … Continue reading Jonah

Weeping

Quote from "Effective Pastoral Counseling" by Gary Collins (Manila, Philippines: OMF Publishers, 1984): We have a cause for happiness but we must never get the idea that it is unchristian or unspiritual for people to be unhappy at times. Periodic discouragement is a part of life and although believers can always be glad for their … Continue reading Weeping