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"Bad Therapy" by Abigail Shrier. A Review-ish

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  We know things aren’t right. Something is off kilter, but instead of correcting course, we feel we are either adrift and unable to become moored to the dock or are on a hamster wheel that just keeps going round and we can’t get off. That’s what makes Abigail Shrier’s new book, “Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren’t Growing Up” such a valuable book. Full of critique and analysis, Shrier shows how we’ve over-therapeuticized our kids, and have given up our parental responsibilities to the professionals: “We parents have become so frantic, hypervigilant, and borderline obsessive about our kids’ mental health that we routinely allow all manner of mental health expert to evict us from the room” (xiv-xiv). This 320-page hardback also comes in Kindle and Audiobook formats for those who find them easier.   Since there are hundreds upon hundreds of reviews by readers available, I’ll simply make some quick observations. The work is long on critique and diagnosis, and short on remedy. Most of the

"Blessed Is the Man..." Congregational Prayer for 16 June 2024

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Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. LORD, you are the One who builds the house, and watches over the city. We plant and water, but you are the one who gives the growth! Bless our congregation with fitting and fair growth that we would grow roots downward and bear fruit upward and that you would add to our number such as are being saved. And, Mighty God, we pray for your Church all around this marvelous globe, as well as Covenant Life Church, Crossover, Crossroad, and Dayspring Church. Preserve and protect your Church from scandal, sin, and suffering. Also, repair her breaches and breaks with the healing glue of the Holy Spirit, with the supremacy of the Gospel, and with all that accords with sound doctrine. / And, LORD, since we are so dependent on you for

"Worship the LORD In the Splendor of Holiness" - 9 June 2024

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  Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. Royal and regal God, who sits above all that claims our allegiances, who is enthroned even over all who are deified and idolized. We pray that you would bring all self-made divas and divinities to see that there is no authority or acclaim outside of you and your control. Raise up the humble and cast the wicked to the ground.   The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. We beseech you that your voice would go far and wide; your word would run free and unshackled so that all may hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. To this end, we pray for our team as we head out soon to Carnegie in two weeks; for our own Heritage Mega Sports Camp VBS in July

"The Anxious Generation" by Jonathan Haidt. A Review

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  The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness Jonathan Haidt Penguin Press ISBN: 9780593655030; March 2024; $30   There is this creeping feeling that things are amiss, which keeps snagging our perceptions and catching on our minds. Some people shift the blame to this or that political party to explain the trouble or fault the stupidity and lameness of “those younger folk”. Most of the time much of the blame and assertions are prejudicial anecdotes with very little research or factual analysis. That’s where Jonathan Haidt comes in. Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is also the author of several valuable works and papers, such as “ The Righteous Mind ” and “ The Coddling of the American Mind ” and other compositions. In March of 2024 he published “ The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illn

Communion of Saints

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  [This was my letter to my congregation today - 5 June 2024] Here is a little something to contemplate and let move around in your heads and hearts. In Romans 12:3-8 (as well as all of 1 Corinthians 12) Paul states that we are a body, and that means that each body part has God-given abilities and functions. He then announces that each of us have Jesus-given gifts that are to be used for the good of our congregation. “ Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them ” (Romans 12:6). This goes along with what Paul states in 1 Corinthians 12, “ To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good ” (12:7).  Part of our assignment, then, is to employ and engage the gifts we have; think through ways we are to be involved with each other for the larger good of our congregation. Now, there are seasons of life when other things restrict us from doing this – like raising little children or caring for aging parents, for example. But as soon as we c

"Our Father..." - 2 June 2024

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  Our Father Who art in heaven : we come to you trusting and rejoicing that you are our Father through Jesus Christ, and that you will answer us, as promised, with as much readiness as, and more readiness than, our own earthly parents. And we trust that we may expect from your almighty power all things necessary for body and soul. Hear us, Father, as we pray. Hallowed be thy name : Enable us rightly to know, reverence, magnify, and praise you in all your works through which shine forth your power, wisdom, goodness, justice, mercy, and truth; and likewise, to so order our whole life, in thought, word, and work, that your name may never be blasphemed but honored and praised on our account. Thy kingdom come : Preserve and increase your Church, to include this congregation and these churches in the greater OKC area: Christ Family Church, Christ Temple, Christ the King, and the Christian Center. So govern us by your Word and Spirit that we may submit ourselves unto you always more and

Aging and "The Eternal Weight of Glory"

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  I have been working at memorizing all eighteen verses of 2 Corinthians 4. The whole chapter is about Paul’s ministry, which is a gift of God (v.1). Because of this he responds by exhibiting integrity in what he does (v.1-2) knowing that the devil is involved in trying to block his work (v.3-4), but the message must go out with Jesus as the heart of the gospel (v.5) because God is at work in it all (v.6).   Then he explains that his work, though difficult at times, still goes on by the living power of Christ’s death and resurrection (v.7-12). And he is confident that all he does will be for the good of the Corinthian church and the glory of God (v.12-15).   As important as verses 1-15 are, it’s the final verses (v.16-18) I want to dwell on a bit. Paul is still talking about his ministry. But it appears that Paul’s health is beginning to show the marks of the abuse he has received: “ So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day