Category Archives: loving people or failing to

Honest to God

I don’t often live whole-heartedly before the eyes of the world. I don’t think my heart is much desired, so I keep it tucked away inside and give the world what it seems to want instead: my services, my skills, … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on co-dependency

Someone pointed me towards some resources on co-dependency a few weeks ago with the comment ‘I never knew what this was, but then I read this stuff and thought “this sounds just like me!”‘ [NB: co-dependency is misleadingly named – … Continue reading

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Crowning glory

…but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had … Continue reading

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Words that bite

I came across this in a book called Letters along the way by Don Carson and John Woodbridge (it, incidentally, is well worth a read for its inspiring portrayal of a long-distance but authentic discipleship relationship, not to mention the … Continue reading

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self-esteem vs. Self-esteem

Last day of my first Psychiatry attachment today… sitting in a group therapy session on self-esteem, the therapist said this: “You shouldn’t invest too much of yourself in other people because you can’t guarantee that they’ll always be there for … Continue reading

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On being safe

I’ve been doing some thinking recently about the desire to be safe. I’m not talking about looking both ways when you cross the road, or wearing a cycle helmet, so much as existential safety. I want – and want desperately¬†– … Continue reading

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Incarnational comfort

I’ve been doing some thinking about how we deal with suffering/depression as Christians, whether in ourselves or others. I’m starting to suspect that most of the time we do it inadequately because we neglect either truth-telling or genuine, incarnational love. … Continue reading

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