Recent Research

RECENT RESEARCH

Christ-like Confrontation

  What goes through your mind when you hear the word, “Confrontation?” Do you think, “Oh no… here we go again. It’s going to be a fight and it’s going to get ugly.” Nevertheless, having a good understanding of the process can result in a win-win orientation and still allow all parties to both explain […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

When It’s Time to Leave the Nest: Moving Millennials Outward and Upward

  I was sitting on my back porch the other morning, reading quietly while sipping on a hot cup of coffee. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed one of my juniper trees start to shake. All of a sudden, I saw what looked like a tiny round blob drop like a paperweight […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Lay Counseling and the Local Church

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   We are surrounded and often consumed by our fast-paced, push-button, instant-everything world. Anxiety and depression, substance abuse, marital conflicts, sexual addiction, domestic violence, child abuse, unwanted pregnancy—and the list could go on—are far too commonplace. The truth is that people are hurting and the church is hurting. The Apostle Paul said, […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Don’t Be So Jammed Up

  Economic unrest. Job loss. Illness. Wars. The deaths of precious lives. Uncertainty of the future. Panic. Fear. Anxiety. Worry. These must have also been issues in Jesus’ day. Five times in Matthew chapter 6 He uses the expression, “Take no thought”. (Matthew 6:25-34 KJV) “No thought” for… our lives… for what we will eat… […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

College Students and Mental Illness: A Student’s Perspective

  We are pleased to feature a NEW blog series about college students and mental illness, written by college students. This series will explore various aspects of mental illness and the pressures faced by young adults in the college years.   As a twenty-one year old college senior at a Christian university, I’m surrounded by […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Do You Categorize Emotional Abuse As Normal?

More than twenty years ago, I wrote a book on emotional abuse because I wasn’t finding much acknowledgment regarding the damage I was seeing in my clients from emotional or psychological abuse. One question I asked in that book was why emotional abuse was so common. I concluded that emotional abuse was so prevalent because […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Boundaries: Intimacy is Not a Luxury

John Townsend, Ph.D. and Henry Cloud, Ph.D.     Intimacy Is Not a Luxury, but a Necessity God created us to need a close and intimate relationship not only with himself but also with others. Relationships are the fuel of life. They provide us with acceptance, encouragement, empathy, wisdom, and a host of other relational […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

Ministering to Victims of Incest

There are few things more appalling than childhood sexual abuse. According to a report done by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there were 57,286 cases of childhood sexual abuse in 2015.1 To make matters even worse, in 34% of cases reported to law enforcement, the perpetrator of the abuse is a family member.2 Dr. […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
BOOKS

Intimacy Is Not a Luxury, but a Necessity

Henry Cloud, Ph.D., and John Townsend, Ph.D. God created us to need a close and intimate relationship not only with himself but also with others. Relationships are the fuel of life. They provide us with acceptance, encouragement, empathy, wisdom, and a host of other relational nutrients. These nutrients keep us healthy and growing. In fact, […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago
RECENT RESEARCH

The Beauty of Silent Support

    Sara Newhard, M.A.   “Sitting shiva” is a profound Jewish custom where loved ones come together and sit with a family member or friend in their grief. They literally sit and grieve together. This practice encourages the community to go to the mourner as soon as news of the loss is heard.  The […]

By DJONES, 4 years ago