Month: April 2011

An Advent Reflection

My friend Todd Hiestand put together this reflective piece for Advent. He found inspiration in Eugene Peterson. Sit back, slow down and think about the Incarnation.

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McLaren and Land – Good Conversation Partners

My friend David alerted me to the “debate” between my friend Brian McLaren and Richard Land, a former professor of mine. Regardless of where someone comes down on the religio-politico landscape, these two demonstrate how to have a charitable conversation. Refreshing.

Friday Photo – Look At Meeeee!

Look at me! Generally when Cohen spots the camera he stops whatever it is we want to capture. On this day, he saw Grandpa Doc with the camera and stared right back as if to say, “Look at meeeee.”

Well, make no mistake we do.

Next week, Monday, he turns 9 months (7 months adjusted). On Saturday, May 7, we will walk with Team Cohen in the March of Dimes Walk.

Enjoy! We do. Read More

Referentialism and Teen Depression and Suicide

This is Part 4 of a series on the subject of Teen Depression and Suicide. The impetus was an opportunity to speak at a recent workshop on the subject in the context of the “religious.” I spoke at a similar event last year and was graciously invited back. The audience was not necessarily Christian or religious. But the planners determined the need to include a “religious” perspective. You may read Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.

Slavo Zizek considers an over-identification with an ideology, or particular position, to create an episodic irruption of the real. The event exposes the antagonisms that lie beneath the ideological explanation. (My friend Guy may have to help clarify my assertion about Zizek as I am importing a discussion of Zizek’s ideas from a recent book by David Fitch as well as my reading of Zizek’s little book, Dessert of the Real.)

You could say that in the post-Freudian feminist psychologists you sense a reaction to the Freudian over-identification of the female with the male in terms of alleged stages of development – moral and social. (I am a hack at this, but it makes sense after reading Carol Gilligan‘s In A Different Voice at the encouragement of my friend Sally Morgenthaler.)

Freud’s control group, comprised only of males, formed the nexus for his speculative theories turned developmental guidelines for pre-adolescents and adolescents. The conclusions drawn from observing young boys was then universalized for all children, encompassing the female into the male experience. Read More