Honesty, a Building Block of Community

Honesty, a Building Block of Community

Why is it that so often we have difficulty being honest with one another, particularly with our Christian friends?  I’m not talking about lying, although that can be a part of the problem.  Mostly, I’m talking about how we use the “F” word.  How are you doing?  I’m...
Why Do Emotions Affect Our Belief Systems? 

Why Do Emotions Affect Our Belief Systems? 

In both my own journey and through my observations of many of the men and women who have come to Where Grace Abounds over the years, I’ve noticed a pattern in which men and women sometimes get caught up.  I’ll start with an illustration from my own life to explain....
The Power of Secrecy

The Power of Secrecy

Secrets are powerful.  I’m not talking about the little bits of information and gossip that we inadvertently or surreptitiously obtain about one another.  The secrets I’m referring to are the ones we keep about ourselves, the parts of ourselves we perceive would...
The Effects of Shame

The Effects of Shame

A few years ago as I was wandering through a bookstore, I came across the self-help section.  I occasionally like to peruse this section to see if there are any new books by authors I’ve read before.  One book caught my attention, Shame & Guilt: Masters of...