Articles written by Dr. John Campbell
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The Journey Inward Might You Be On A Spiritual Quest?
Do you recall your earliest memories of the world around you? Did you know intuitively that the world was created by some power greater than you? My earliest experience came through nature. Someone created the tiny creek I crossed... — Updated 8/11/2021
The Journey Inward Some Musings From A Struggling Writer
Joseph Heller who wrote “Catch 22” quipped that, “Every writer I know has difficulty writing.” How apt! Every time I write a column for The Transylvania Times, I wish I could write a sparse, terse sentence with depth like... — Updated 7/14/2021
The Journey Inward Fathers: What Is Our True Calling?
Father’s Day has come and gone. Honoring fathers, however, led me to reflect on a father’s significance within the family, and to some extent, the status of men generally in our culture. An adaptation from Exodus 18:13-23 is... — Updated 6/30/2021
The Journey Inward A Reflection On "The Guest House" By Poet Rumi
I am one of many people who consider the poem “The Guest House” by Sufi poet Rumi one of their favorite poems. The poem: “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some... — Updated 6/16/2021
The Journey Inward How We Might Identify With Jesus?
All four of the canonical Gospels describe the ministry of Jesus as a time of intense and mounting tension, culminating in his death on the cross. Jesus is depicted in conflict with the religious leaders of his people, whose... — Updated 6/2/2021
Are There Benefits to Meditation?
Are there benefits to meditation? From a return-on-investment perspective, yes, meditation can be beneficial. Many studies show that meditation can create a calmer state of mind, if practiced regularly. Studies show that... — Updated 5/19/2021
The Journey Inward Does Our Pain Reflect How We Live?
By Dr. John Campbell C.S. Lewis states in the introduction to his book, “The Problem of Pain,” that “When pain is to be borne, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, a... — Updated 5/6/2021
The Welcoming Prayer Invites Resurrection
Though there were others who developed a Welcoming Prayer tradition within the Centering Prayer movement, Father Thomas Keating, a Benedictine monk, penned the version that follows: “Welcome, Welcome, Welcome. I welcome everythin... — Updated 4/21/2021
Seeing Anxiety As A Messenger, Not An Enemy
We are anxious people. Over 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, 18.1 percent of the population, are suffering from anxiety, yet only 36.9 percent receive treatment. According to a study by Mental Health... — Updated 4/7/2021
Our Beliefs About Living Reflect Our Beliefs About Dying
A year ago, last January, the first reported COVID-19 case appeared in the United States. Slow to catch on that this was a deadly virus, people began to realize as the cases mounted that we were in a pandemic. Adjustment has been... — Updated 3/25/2021
Searching For Examples Of Courageous Leadership
(This column is the second of a two-part emphasis on politicians who exemplify competent, courageous leadership. Previously, a Democrat, Henry Waxman, was considered. In this column a Republican will be reviewed. Both are people of... — Updated 3/10/2021
Searching For Examples Of Courageous Leadership
(This column is the first of two about politicians who exemplify competent, hardworking and courageous leadership. Today’s column features a Democrat, and my next column will feature a Republican. Both are committed people of... — Updated 2/24/2021
Why It Is Important To Recognize Henry Aaron
Editor’s Note: This column is written for Black History month. He was exiting the passenger ramp at Midway Airport in Chicago. “There’s Henry Aaron!” I spoke. My mother-in-law, whom we had just greeted after her flight... — Updated 2/11/2021
How Does A Person Become A Spiritual Warrior?
A mother approached Mahatma Gandhi and asked him to tell her young son to stop eating sweets. Gandhi told the woman to come back in three weeks with her son. When she returned three weeks later, he told the boy to stop eating... — Updated 1/27/2021
Considering Prayer As Unfolding Possibility
In January of last year who would have thought at the beginning of this year we would see our neighbors walking down grocery store aisle wearing masks. Mask wearing signifies we live in an unprecedented time with many challenges.... — Updated 1/13/2021
Experiencing How Former Things Have Passed Away
I am sad today. I have been for several days now. My Aunt Alice died last Friday at the age of 89 in a hospital near her home in Matthews, N.C. The obituary listed her linage along with notable accomplishments, some of them I was... — Updated 12/30/2020
How Jesus Became The One Who Remained True To Himself
Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, and rightly so. We remember the familiar story. By a decree from Emperor Augustus, Jewish citizens were required to register so Roman authorities could determine how much to tax a... — Updated 12/16/2020
A Psychology About Protective Mask Compliance
Speaking in the Senate chamber, Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, admonished the presiding member, Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan, of Alaska, to wear a mask in order to protect stenographers and staff members from the COVID-19... — Updated 12/2/2020
What Was The Recent General Election About?
The conservative newspaper, New Hampshire Union Leader, in offering its endorsement of Joe Biden, noted that, “Biden may not be the president we want, but in 2020 he is the president we desperately need. He will be the president... — Updated 11/18/2020
When Do You Become A Transylvanian?
Arriving in Brevard 15 years ago, I was eager to fulfill one of my dreams by setting up a private practice counseling center here in the mountains. I was ecstatic about being here. But early on and for some time afterward I did... — Updated 11/5/2020
Are We A Stranger To Ourselves?
By Dr. John Campbell Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” begins with a sparse announcement: “Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegraph from the Home says: Your Mother passed away. Funeral tomorrow.... — Updated 10/21/2020
Evangelicals Are Not A Political Monolith
On Nov. 8, 2016, eighty-one percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump. Their enthusiasm for Trump has remained steady throughout his presidency. The data bears this out. In 2019 the approval rating for President Trump... — Updated 10/7/2020
Is There A Way To Avoid Civil Unrest?
Police Chief Lance Arnold of Weatherford, Texas, quoted in The Week magazine said that “It seems like we as a country have moved right past the discussion phase of things and now we just are at the stage of conflict, being at... — Updated 9/23/2020
What Was Jesus' Response To The Domination System
A dispute arose among (the disciples) as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But (Jesus) said to them, “The Kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority are called benefactors. But not so with... — Updated 9/9/2020
The Powerful Influence Of The Domination System
(This column is the second in a series based on the work of Walter Wink) In my last column I wrote about a biblical worldview enumerated by Walter Wink, former professor of biblical interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in... — Updated 8/26/2020