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Beautiful Trauma?

P!nk's hit song "Beautiful Trauma" hit the airwaves in fall 2017, right as I was taking a graduate course on trauma, including theoretical, clinical, and pastoral perspectives on trauma and recovery. Intrigued by the pop song's title, I've wondered ever since its release: Can trauma be beautiful? If so, how? To which my initial response… Continue reading Beautiful Trauma?

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cultural issues, mental health & wellness, ministry, Scripture, spiritual, stories, theological

Some Words on Wordlessness: A Sermon

A sermon offered in Preaching class last week... “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit… Continue reading Some Words on Wordlessness: A Sermon

mental health & wellness, Scripture, theological

Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac

"Deceived, tied up, and held at knife-point -- all by his own father? Because God said so? Talk about traumatic!" an older lady exclaimed. I was sitting in a lectionary Bible study this morning, discussing the story of the binding of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19) as many lectionary users may have done today. And let's just… Continue reading Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac

community, mental health & wellness

Anniversary Reactions

I'm currently walking through a couple days that constitute a mild "anniversary reaction" for me. Basically, something somewhat traumatic happened one year ago, inciting temporary shock and sadness. Though that shock and sadness wore off over time, it's trying to come back one year later. The National Center for PTSD, among other websites, describe the… Continue reading Anniversary Reactions