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Sexual sin and brain chemistry

The Church in America and across the world is in the midst of a sexual crisis. As many as 68% of men who regularly attend church also regularly use pornography and the numbers are even higher among under-30s. With so many Christians engaged in activity that is fundamentally removed from godliness, it is no wonder that our churches are on...[ read more ]

J.D. Murphy is now a Certified Temperament Counselor

J.D. Murphy, LMFT has recently completed the certification process to become a temperament counselor through the National Christian Counselors Association. Temperament Counseling is a powerful tool for providing effective Christian therapy that can make a real difference to your life. What is a temperament counselor? Temperament counseling is based on the understanding that all of us are born with a particular...[ read more ]

A healthy brain with the help of Dr. Daniel Amen

Dr. Daniel Amen has revolutionized the mental health profession since he founded Amen Clinics in 2009. His key insight was that professionals were not giving clients the best help because they were focused on symptoms and not the organ that was producing them: the brain. Dr. Amen pioneered new forms of treatment based on maximizing mental wellbeing by promoting brain health.  ...[ read more ]

Emotional and spiritual maturity

Have you ever experienced emotions that you found terrifying? Most of us have, but it's easy to think otherwise because we are usually loathe to discuss them even with the people we love. Often, when we are seized by strong feelings, especially negative ones like anger or hate, our instinct is to try and push them aside. This may be because...[ read more ]

Introduction to the brain. Part 5: the temporal lobe

In the last part of our short series on parts of the brain, we will look at the temporal lobe. The brain is divided into four main lobes and the temporal one lies at the bottom in the center. It gets its name from the fact that it is placed between the temples on either side of the the head....[ read more ]

Introduction to the brain. Part 4: the anterior cingulate cortex

Last week we looked at the prefrontal cortex. Nestled right behind it is our topic for part 4: the anterior cingulate cortex. Painful emotions The anterior cingulate cortex (or ACC, as we will call it for short) is connected to many different parts of the brain. One of these is the limbic system, the 'emotional nervous system', which we looked...[ read more ]

Introduction to the brain. Part 3: the prefrontal cortex

Fresh from looking at the limbic system and basal ganglia, this week we will take a look at the prefrontal cortex. This fearsome sounding phrase just means the part of the brain at the very front, right behind your forehead. As we discussed in the previous two weeks, it's impossible to narrow down any part of the brain to just...[ read more ]

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