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The Empathy of Advent

The incarnation is the ultimate act of empathy. From the moment of conception Jesus became vulnerable as we are. I think of what could have happened in a religious community at that time to a young single woman who became pregnant out of wedlock. Then of the trauma of an urgent outdoors birth in the…

Attachment theory eloquently described

In his excellent paper for Biola’s Rosemead School of Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Attachment and Spirituality, Todd W. Hall describes the attachment system and it’s function from a Christian perspective very well. The attachment system is a system in our brains that influences and organizes our memory, motiva-tions, and emotions with respect to important care-givers, in this…

An Advent Offering: Empire is Burning

Here is an Advent song that The Bizmarks did on “Pure Gold”. We tried to capture the experience of tension between felt need and assurance of hope coming. The verses explore places of hurt, the pre-chorus connects hurt to oppression and the incarnation and the chorus and bridge take on the voice of hope. Musically…