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The Journey Inward: Why You Can Have Pain, But No Suffering

Several years ago, my son and I experienced severe turbulence on a flight back from Florida. He was only 10 at the time and as the plane was rocking back and forth, he asked me: “Will the plane crash?” His question is common wh... — Updated 6/5/2019


The Journey Inward: Reminiscing About My Southern Background

By Dr. John Campbell My wife says that I am a connoisseur of “Cracker Barrel” restaurants. “Is there a Cracker Barrel you haven’t tried?” she asks. The food is not like home-made, but their menu is southern. Mind you, I h... — Updated 5/22/2019


The Journey Inward: Recalling The Story Of Two Unlikely Friends

Tony was a Yankee from Pennsylvania. Don was a Southerner from Florida. Tony was white and prejudiced. Don was black and refined. Tony “Lip” Vallelonga was Italian; lived in the Bronx. His family was racist, often making deroga... — Updated 5/8/2019


The Journey Inward: Why Did Jesus On The Cross Feel Forsaken?

And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you... — Updated 4/24/2019


The Journey Inward: Jesus Gave A Surprising Response To Pilate

The trial of Jesus is one of the most dramatic episodes in the entire Bible. The scene is set, thusly. After he is questioned by the chief priests and legal scholars, he appears before the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate.... — Updated 4/10/2019


The Journey Inward: Is There A Downside To Labeling Individuals?

A woman posed a question to Dr. Maurizio Fava, editor-in-chief of “Mind, Mood, Memory” of Massachusetts General Hospital: “Ever since my daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I’ve become aware how often people... — Updated 3/27/2019


The Journey Inward: Reflections On Being A Wounded Healer

Oyster stew! Oh, how I hated oyster stew. On an occasional Friday night couples came over to our house to indulge in stew and afterwards play poker and gin rummy. Before being segregated to our rooms to make way for important... — Updated 3/13/2019


The Journey Inward: What Made George Washington A Great Leader?

(This column is written in recognition of President’s Day.) One of the earliest books I read in elementary school was about George Washington. Of course, I remember the time young George chopped down his father’s cherry tree... — Updated 2/27/2019


The Journey Inward: Reviewing James Baldwin's Artistry Of Truth

The year is 1948; the location is New Jersey. A 24-year-old black man from Harlem enters a restaurant designated for whites, goes to the bar for a drink; the waitress says there is no service for blacks. The young man throws a glas... — Updated 2/13/2019


The Journey Inward: Is Loneliness A Gateway To Growth?

“Are You Lonesome Tonight?” Elvis Presley asks, “Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again? Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?” Elvis is tugging at the heartstrings of a lover. Picking up Elvis’s... — Updated 1/30/2019


The Journey Inward – It's Not Easy To Get Off The Worry Train

By Dr. John Campbell All aboard! You walk down the aisle and take your seat. You have just boarded the “worry train.” The train pulls out of the station and there you are, destination unknown. That’s the way with worry... — Updated 1/16/2019


The Journey Inward: Separating Jesus From His Jewish Background

When she was 7, a friend on her school bus said to her, “you killed our Lord.” “I did not.” “Yes, you did,” the girl insisted. “Our priest said so.” Amy-Jill Levine’s friend had been taught that the Jews were... — Updated 1/2/2019


The Journey Inward: Christmas And The Birthing Creativity Of God

Christmas represents the birthing creativity of God, the Great Spirit. We honor not only the birth of Jesus as a specific event but the pervasive movement of creative energy from the earliest inception of the world until now.... — Updated 12/19/2018


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,... — Updated 9/26/2018


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... — Updated 4/18/2018


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... — Updated 4/4/2018


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... — Updated 3/14/2018


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... — Updated 2/28/2018


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... — Updated 1/31/2018


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... — Updated 1/17/2018


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... — Updated 12/20/2017


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... — Updated 12/6/2017


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 s... — Updated 11/22/2017


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... — Updated 10/11/2017


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... — Updated 8/30/2017


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