The Promise of Paradox

The Promise of Paradox

The essence of paradox is that two seemingly contradictory things are actually both true. When recalling the good and the not-so-good aspects of any given experience, our tendency is to minimize one side of the equation: The rain caused us to cancel our picnic, but we...
The Problem of Paradox

The Problem of Paradox

Paradox. Or as we tell young children when trying to explain the concept, a “pair of ducks.” There is a “yeah duck” and a “yuck duck” – both of which could be used to represent the same event. And there you have the essence of...
Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Six

Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Six

Unhealthy scenario #6: Logical Fallacies* Bigger is better. If a little is good, a lot would be even more so. Time is of the essence… There are so many variations of American culture’s idolization of productivity, and most are far from healthy. When they...
Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Five

Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Five

Unhealthy scenario #5: Tendencies* Binary thinking. Compartmentalization. Artificial constructs. These are tendencies that inhibit spiritual, emotional, and relational health. An example? How about when we divide things into sacred and secular categories. Separating...
Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Four

Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Four

Unhealthy scenario #4: Delusions* To deny the affects that our past has on our present behavior is delusional. We are all the sum total of our past experiences. Good, bad, helpful, hurtful – what we have lived through impacts what we will live through. In the...
Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Three

Emotionally Healthy Missionaries, Part Three

Unhealthy scenario #3: Dying to the wrong things* Part of being in relationship with the living God is having him implant desires within our hearts. For missionaries, those desires include discipling various people groups. No global worker would want or expect to die...

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