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PPT: MISSIONAL THERAPY — A Hermeneutic of Care for Christian Counselors

Imagine a hermeneutical approach that privileges the missio Dei as the key to interpreting our experiences of anxiety and conflict? I will be presenting this idea at the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry Conference in Sydney come January 5, 2017. The presentation invites Christian counselors to engage in a missional therapy that interprets experiences of identity crisis and unhealthy thought patterns by drawing insights rooted in missional convictions and Christian hope. On this account, a missional therapist would be one who is equipped to reframe stories of identity crisis into A PORTRAIT OF HOPE AND PROMISE, hence collapsing  […]

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2017: A YEAR OF PRODUCTIVITY

2017: A YEAR OF PRODUCTIVITY

“Then God blessed them (with His character) and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion…” – Gen 1:28 After God had created ‘man’ in His image and blessed them with His character, He empowered them to be productive in order to have dominion over all that God had created. However, there are conditions attached to having this dominion: ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it’. The one word that can appropriately summarise these conditions would be ‘productivity’. Having the character of God is seen as the first step […]

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PPT: We Are Anxious But Authentic: Youth Identity Crisis and the Internal Conflict with the Divine and Self

PPT: We Are Anxious But Authentic: Youth Identity Crisis and the Internal Conflict with the Divine and Self

I had the chance to give a presentation at the “Youth, Health and Practical Justice: A multidisciplinary conference” at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney (5 Dec., 2016). My presentation focused on Youth Identity Crisis and the Internal Conflict with the Divine and Self. Attachment and authenticity experiences were discussed as the building blocks of youth identity crisis. It was proposed that recognizing these central themes as the two greatest needs of young people would be the first practical step towards advocating for the youth in crisis. Further emphasis was made on the need to advocate for justice for the […]

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PPT: The Circle of Place Spirituality

PPT: The Circle of Place Spirituality

Last week i had the opportunity of presenting part of my research in the Netherlands at the Australian Association for the Study of Religion Conference at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. The presentation was a look at place as the product of an emotional attachment to God. Pearson Correlation and Multiple Regression analyses were used to examine the relationship between the place attachment attitudes and attachment to God behaviours of members (n=175) of the African diaspora in the Netherlands. Analyses of the results allowed for clarification of two motivational systems identified within this circle of place spirituality, showing that experiencing God […]

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New Paper: The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation

New Paper: The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation

Pleased to announce my new article, “The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A Care-giving Faith?” in Journal of Youth & Theology via Brill. The idea of the paper came from my Youth Identity Crisis research in Stellenbosch South Africa few years ago. The paper investigates what inspires an attachment behaviour towards God, showing how young people develop their faith experience along four relational pathways. Below is the abstract and you can access the paper here:     The present study explores the individual differences in the experience of faith formation using the framework of attachment theory, as it looks at what inspires […]

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A Caregiving Faith: What Does It Mean for Young People?

A Caregiving Faith: What Does It Mean for Young People?

If we take as a premise that there is an enduring tie that bonds relational partners in a relationship then the paper The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A care-giving faith? should concern all of us, especially those working with young people. The main bulk of the argument in the paper was that youth faith experience precipitates from a ‘behavioural system’ known as the ‘attachment system’. It is said that a sense of attachment resonates with most of us, and, as a result we often relate to people in our lives as relational figures due to the internal model of self […]

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PPT: Spirituality and Well-being in South African Youths

PPT: Spirituality and Well-being in South African Youths

In case i bumped into you at your church some three years ago in Stellenbosch, making some funny jokes to cheer you up to fill out a survey for me, here are some slides that give a visual clue of what’s happening when you experience God as a relational partner. I had the opportunity of discussing the results from the research today at the Spirituality, Culture, and Wellbeing Conference at Exclesia College, Sydney. While I am currently working on a book (Finding God Without Losing Yourself) that clearly communicates the research in a practical, easy-to-read style, I must also thank […]

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Paper Alert: ‘Making Sense of Place Attachment’

Paper Alert: 'Making Sense of Place Attachment'

Pleased to announce the publication of my new paper, “Making Sense of Place Attachment: Towards a holistic understanding of people-place relationships and experiences” to the spring issue of ‘Environment, Space, Place,’ 8 (1) pp.7-32 via Zeta Books. The paper draws from the attachment framework to explore the different places to which people are drawn. This was accomplished by integrating the works of Jorgensen & Stedman (2001), Scannell & Gifford (2010), and Seamon (2012, 2014) on place attachment. Read the abstract below and order a copy of the journal here.   The article is an attempt to make sense of the different interdisciplinary perspectives associated with people’s attachment to […]

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New Paper Alert: Missionising Youth Identity Crisis

New Paper Alert: Missionising Youth Identity Crisis

Ever thought of a missional therapy or a missional hermeneutic of care? I am pleased to announce my new article, “Missionising Youth Identity Crisis: Towards a missional hermeneutic of care in youth ministry practice” in Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Missiology, 41:1, pp.82-102. The paper introduces an interpretative framework that can assist Christian counselors in helping hurting youths. The model elaborates on the missional basis of biblical interpretation as a powerful framework within which to interpret a skewed, conflicted identity. I am currently using this model to develop my forthcoming book, “Finding God Without Losing Yourself: Resolving the internal conflict […]

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Forgiveness: Psychological and Religious Aspects

Forgiveness: Psychological and Religious Aspects

There is now a widespread programme of empirical research on forgiveness (see, for example, Dimensions of Forgiveness, edited by E L Worthington, Templeton Foundation Press, 1998). My purpose here is to evaluate this programme, to see where it helps us to understand forgiveness, and where it may be missing the point. Forgiveness is only one of a series of religious practices that have been raided by the contemporary consumerist world for their practical efficacy. Transcendental Meditation has similarly been taken out of its original context of yogic teaching and general life-style. I will thus concentrate here particularly on issues about […]

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