Koerner Explains DBT and Supporting Skills

Kelly Koerner. 2012. Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide. New York: Guilford Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra One of the most difficult cognitive disorders is borderline personality disorder (BPD), which is diagnosed by ticking off at least 5 out of list of highly 9 provocative behaviors.[1]  Believed to be hopelessly unreachable, BPD patients […]

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Navigators

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! (Eccl 4:9-10) Navigators By Stephen W. Hiemstra My first small group consisted of […]

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Kodak Prays for the Persecuted

Betsey Kodat. 2015. Arise, LORD! Scriptural Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Herndon, Virginia: CreateSpace. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra The annual number of Christian martyrs in 2015 has been estimated to have been 90,000 people. This estimate is a decline from 377,000 in 1970s in the heyday of world communism,[1] but it is still about […]

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29. Prayers of a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father. Spare us, Lord, from a divided heart, an indecisive mind, and conniving spirit. Prune the eye that sins, a hand that grasps, and ears that itch to hear anything other than your word. Intensify our love of your law; give us gracious hearts and discerning minds. Plant in us your Holy Spirit, holy affections, and sanctified […]

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Coming Home

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Phil 1:21) Coming Home By Stephen W. Hiemstra My decision to study economics forced me to re-organize priorities both inside and outside school. In school, economics required supporting work in mathematics, statistics, and computer science which I had not taken. Outside of school, […]

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VanHoozer and Strachan Argue Case for Pastor-Theologian

Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan. 2015. The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Amid periods of rapid social and philosophical change, tension in the church often revolves around our interpretation of the identity of Christ which, in turn, informs our sense of identity […]

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28. Prayers of a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Father of Creation, Beloved Son, Spirit of Truth, Bind our wayward hearts with your law; sing to us of your love. Gather our confused thoughts in your grace; center them on your truth. Separate us from evil influences, harsh temptations, and trials we cannot bear. Walk with us when the sun fails to shine, the rain draws near, […]

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Listening and Talking

“The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.” (Eccl 10:12) Listening and Talking By Stephen W. Hiemstra My first year of college at Indiana University I lived and worked in the Graduate Residence Center (GRC) where everyone had a roommate, telephones were in the hall, […]

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Bacevich Explains U.S. Political Economy Post WWII

Andrew J. Bacevich. 2008.  The Limits of Power:  The End of American Exceptionalism. New York: Metropolitan Books. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Political economy—the nexus between policy, philosophy, history, and economics—is never more important than in transition periods when the old rules no longer apply and the new rules have yet to be crafted. Yet, […]

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