Graduating Obedience

theeffect · Graduating Obedience Dave Brisbin 5.28.23 PentecostJesus heals two blind men with spit, and there’s been endless speculation why Jesus would use such a strange way to heal. Passing a man born blind on the Sabbath, Jesus spits on the ground, kneads the dirt...

Perfect Parent

theeffect · Perfect Parent Dave Brisbin 5.14.23Patriarchal and paternal. Two words descending from the Latin word pater/father, but a patriarchal system is one that is male dominated and a paternal system is one where leadership—male or female—restricts the autonomy...

Tale of Two Healings

True North with Dave Brisbin · Tale Of Two Healings Dave Brisbin 5.7.23A man has been ill for thirty-eight years. Ill enough that he’s spent all those years lying by a public pool begging for a living and waiting for a healing. Jesus comes by and asks him if he wishes...

In Count

theeffect · In Count Dave Brisbin 4.16.23Met a prison chaplain who told me about needing to notify an inmate that his father had died, but when he called the inmate to his office, they were in count. Prisons count multiple times a day—inmates go to their cells and...

Among the Living

theeffect · Among The Living Dave Brisbin 4.9.23What is the meaning of the Resurrection? Christians are all over the map, fighting and debating not so much that Jesus is risen and still lives, but how and for what purpose. Ultimately, such questions are a matter of...

The Eyes Have It

theeffect · The Eyes Have It Dave Brisbin 4.2.23Most of counseling is listening. Listening to stories that give you a snapshot of a person’s life at the moment, backstory, symptoms they are suffering, and some of the stressors causing the symptoms. But only some. The...

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Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

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