Archive: August, 2006


Luther Adventure Camp-Wittenberg

Luther Adventure Camp-Wittenberg [June 25, 2007-July 5, 2007] is for those 15 and older who want the Luther experience, the Germany experience and the outdoor ministry experience. Camp out in tents [motel style rooms, at an additional cost, are available for those not wanting to tent] in Wittenberg with a beautiful view of the Castle […]


Called to be Wholly

Spiritual direction is a process of discernment in the Holy Spirit. Gordon Smith (Listening to God In Times of Choice, 1997, InterVarsity Press) says “Discernment relates to the whole of our Christian experience, not just to an isolated segment—a time of decision. Our life in its entirety must be lived in response to the Word […]


Deep Change

Robert Quinn, in his book Deep Change (1996, Jossey-Bass), writes: “Deep change differs from incremental change in that it requires new ways of thinking and behaving. It is change that is major in scope, discontinuous with the past and generally irreversible. The deep change effort distorts existing patterns of action and involves taking risks. Deep […]


Healing Begins

From my experience and observation I see a strong partnership between spiritual direction and psychological counseling. Counseling is able to name and diagnose while the process of spiritual direction takes that which is named and lays the named at the foot of the cross. It is in laying the named item at the foot of […]


Recent Items

  • The Loneliness Factor

    I was at a luncheon that was serving as a listening post for seniors to describe their sense of loneliness and isolation. I knew that the population invited to this luncheon was one that would probably have a higher sense of isolation, but, what I heard was much more intense than I expected. A man […]

  • Social Networks and Aging

    It is interesting that research is showing two demographics experiencing social isolation in such as way as to impact health: Young Adults (18-22) and Senior Adults (65+). I have worked with both populations over the past 50 years and I continue to be amazed at the similarity of the questions raised by both groups and […]

  • An Eye-Opening Awareness: One More Transition for this Guy

    I sat at a luncheon two weeks ago that opened my eyes to a reality that I knew was there, but as the discussion unfolded I began to realize how the discussion, about to take place, was going to expand my thinking. As I listened to the needs of the people with whom I shared […]


    When it comes to the human condition and a desire to change, we can become easily frustrated: we think that we want to change … but we really don’t. Paul expresses this contradiction well in Romans 7:15-24: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do […]

  • The Crisis of Loneliness

    THE NATIONAL CRISIS CALLED LONELINESS From “LINKED IN” “America is becoming Isolation Nation. Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The […]