Well, not exactly. They didn’t let me get anywhere near the pulpit!
I did, however, speak at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church for its weekly Table Talk series (the title is a nod to Luther). Last week, I presented on addiction. Today, I held forth on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), which is a way to reduce emotional disturbances by thinking more clearly.
My “text” for last week was Romans 7:15. I also wandered through DSM-5 and Doug Sellman’s “Top 10” on my way to Gerald May’s brilliant conceptualization. I didn’t have a text today, however, “renew your mind” would have been apt.
Many thanks to Dr. Arland Hultgren (see, also, Amazon) for inviting me to visit such a wonderful parish. And also Rev. Tim Nelson for connecting us.
P.S. I’m a PK (pastor’s kid) and so far have avoided seminary myself. But I wound up in the “belief business” anyway. §
“Learning how to think” really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think.
—David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace. This Is Water. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2009, p. 53
Received Wisdom is the big ideas that I use with patients.
Mental suffering takes place when we don’t get what we want, or when we’re forced to live with and endure what we don’t want.
Steve Hagen. Buddhism Plain and Simple. Boston: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1997, p. 30
Received Wisdom is the big ideas that I use with patients. This post is the first in a series of many.