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The Journey Inward: When Is Guilt A Form Of Crazy Making?

By Dr. John Campbell Ever left a worship service feeling worse than when you walked in? Randy and Vickie felt that way. On the way home from church, they were feeling down about the sermon. Pastor Glenn’s topic that day was, “Whatever became of...

 

The Journey Inward: Is There A Resurrection Message In The 'Shape Of Water?'

The Academy Award’s best picture of the year, “The Shape of Water,” is a fascinating movie. I thought it a fairy tale at first, but on closer reflection I believe there are resurrection themes in the movie. “The Shape of Water” follows a...

 

The Journey Inward: The Integrity Of A Most Unorthodox Physician

Speaking of unorthodox, look up Patch Adams on YouTube or the internet. There you will see a man with a thick handle-bar mustache, long hair in a ponytail with one side dyed, and colorful clown-like shirts and ties. Appearance is not the only...

 

The Journey Inward: Why Is Meditation So Challenging For Us?

Confession: I am a mentally challenged meditator. No, I don’t suffer from a disability, except when it comes to meditation (I am not including memory loss: for example, where are my glasses?). In the morning I set aside 30 minutes to focus on my...

 

The Journey Inward: The Challenges Of Healing My Inner Bigot

Oh boy, did I feel ashamed. In front of my liberal work peers I told a joke with the “N” word. They just stared at me. As the only Southerner in a group of Midwesterners, I just wanted to go through the floor. Sure enough, not long afterward our...

 

The Journey Inward: What's The Story Of Samson And Delilah About Anyway?

By Dr. John Campbell Are you old enough to remember drive-in movies? You know, the kind where you pulled your car into a vacant slot, rolled down your window, reached for the speaker and placed it on your car window. A whole family could settle back...

 

The Journey Inward: Sexual Harassment: Is Healing Ever Possible?

My mother invited a young, single 21-year-old female co-worker from her office to our house on several occasions ostensibly to meet my stepfather’s bachelor brother. I was 14 at the time and, of course, found her early morning walks through the...

 

The Journey Inward: Silent Night: A World War One Christmas Truce

After almost unending rain had made the trenches unbearably muddy, Christmas Eve, 1914, in contrast, began on a crisp, clear morning. This reprieve lifted the spirits of soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Just five months into the war and one...

 

The Journey Inward: Another Option To Treating Addictions

If you are among the many Americans who suffer from addictions, you know recovery isn’t easy. Family members also experience anxiety about the unpredictability of their loved one’s recovery. A traditional treatment approach is to try and manage...

 

Acceptance Supports Healing Of Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue is physically and emotionally draining. In 1998 and for seven years thereafter I suffered from chronic fatigue. Every day I would get up out of bed just as tired if not more so than when I went to bed. I just felt sick most of the tim...

 

The Journey Inward: Have Truth Telling And Civility Fallen On Hard Times?

In his book, “Finding Freedom,” Jarvis Jay Masters, a death row inmate, tells a story about how his cell neighbor, Omar, reminded him of the incivility outside prison walls. One evening Omar, yelled out, “Hey Jarvis, check out channel...

 

The Journey Inward: What Wisdom Can Be Found In The 23rd Psalm?

The 23rd Psalm carries a profound message about the rhythm of life. Sometimes our cup overflows; other times we walk through the valley of the shadow of death when we feel like our very self is on the line. There are many people who know both sides...

 

The Journey Inward: Pooh, Piglet And A Little Treatise On Faith

By Dr. John Campbell Pooh and Piglet are facing either a rising or setting sun, we don’t know, as they walk along. Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. Pooh” he whispered. “Yes Piglet?” “Nothing” said Piglet,” taking Pooh’s paw....

 

The Journey Inward: Why Can't We Get Along With Each Other?

An elder care facility is a calm place…you think! Not so, according to Congressman Mark Sanford of South Carolina. Interviewed recently on one of the news networks, he described a contentious meeting at such a facility. He was there to hold a town...

 

The Journey Inward: Examing Jonah, Who Resisted God's Command

Dr. John Campbell We were sitting in little wooden chairs singing: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to Him belong, we are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me.” Mrs. Moore, our Sunday school teacher,...

 

The Journey Inward: Did Lincoln's Depression Add To His Greatness

A year before he died the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy told a reporter for the New York World about the reaction of a young Caucasus warrior viewing a picture of Abraham Lincoln. The young man’s eyes welled up with tears. Tolstoy asked him why...

 

The Journey Inward: In What Ways Are We Like The Pharisees?

Dr. John Campbell Pharisees! Historically they were members of an ancient Jewish sect that emphasized strict interpretation and observance of the Mosaic Law in both oral and written form. In the Gospels Jesus frequently engages them in conversation....

 

The Journey Inward: When The Empty Nest Becomes Crowded

(This is part two on the topic Empty Nest) In my collection of poetry entitled: “January Snow” I suggest in the poem, “Go Forth” that leaving the familiarity of home and college is a vulnerable time for young adults. “They, not yet ready...

 

What To Do When The Nest Becomes Empty

Have you ever thought about going to bed, pulling up the covers and just staying there? I mean really camp out there. That is what Eva Beaver does in Sue Townsend’s novel, “The Woman Who went to Bed for a Year.” This funny and touching novel be...

 

The Journey Inward: Can Sickness Be Part Of A Spiritual Practice?

“I hear there is something going around.” Translation: there is a virus, a severe cold or allergies plaguing people in Brevard and Transylvania County. That’s what I was told when I came down with a 102 degree temperature during the early part...

 

What Do Cervantes And Jeremiah Have To Teach Us? -Brevard NC

Windmills are windmills. Right? Not so, if you are Don Quixote. Windmills are giants! Sheep are sheep. Right? Not so, in the Don’s mind. They are invading armies. Don Quixote, the enchanting character in Cervantes’ great novel, lives in an...

 

The Journey Inward – Callie Is My Unexpected Spirit Companion

One of my spiritual companion’s is Callie, my family’s West Highland Terrier. I didn’t know she was to become such an important soul mate in the beginning of our time together. At first, I mostly developed memories of her. For instance, when we...

 

Some Reflections About Male Depression

Kathy Cronkite, daughter of long time news reporter, Walter Cronkite, in her book, “On the Edge of Darkness,” writes about several notable people who suffer from depression. One of them is former “Sixty Minute” anchorman Mike Wallace, who...

 

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