Common (Detrimental) Thinking Errors

Here's a fascinating book I recently finished reading: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression by Monique Thompson. What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)? It's pretty simple. CBT is a type of therapy that deals with a person's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. There are specific goals in CBT and it has to do with a person's present… Continue reading Common (Detrimental) Thinking Errors

Pained by Our Pleasures (Or: What Our Joys Reveal)

Joy isn't quite as simple an emotion as we might first think. In fact, there's what we could call "perverse joy," a delight when someone else gets hurt. But then there's also joy that is delight when something good happens to a loved one. And, of course, there's joy as Scripture speaks about it. On… Continue reading Pained by Our Pleasures (Or: What Our Joys Reveal)

Emotions, Depression, and Body/Soul (Borgman)

One major part of being human is having emotions and feelings. We all have emotions. From joy to anger to terror to elation, we experience a range of emotions each day. Although the words "emotion" or "emotions" aren't found in biblical Hebrew or Greek, there are plenty of biblical words that convey emotion (e.g. despair,… Continue reading Emotions, Depression, and Body/Soul (Borgman)

Hope As A Character Trait (Roberts)

This is one of those books that I've underlined or highlighted parts of almost every page: Spiritual Emotions: A Psychology of Christian Virtues. It's a discussion of how Christian ethics and emotions overlap and relate. I'll come back to the book again, no doubt. For now, here's a nice note on Christian hope - it's… Continue reading Hope As A Character Trait (Roberts)

The Corruption of the Affections (Boston)

One of Thomas Boston's most well-known works is "Human Nature in Its Fourfold State." In this book he explained from Scripture these four states: "The State of Innocence," "The State of Nature," "The State of Grace," and "The Eternal State". The second part ("The State of Nature") is a summary from Scripture on the fallen… Continue reading The Corruption of the Affections (Boston)