Category Archives: Sanctification

William Struthers, Naomi Wolf on how “pornography has rendered men less sexually responsive to real women”

It is not the shouting of pornography that gives it so much power over men. It is the whispering of the lie of sexual fulfillment that prey on our human insecurities. When men believe those lies, they develop psychological and … Continue reading

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William Struthers on the importance having a mentor and the problem of peer-to-peer accountability

The presence of an ongoing mentoring relationship with an older, wiser and more mature man has a significant impact on psychological well-being. A mentor is someone deliberately chosen whom you see as modeling a life that is on the path … Continue reading

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The Roman Catholic church’s definition of pornagraphy

The definition is here quoted from Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William Struthers, psychology professor at Wheaton College. After examining several different attempts to define pornagraphy, Struther’s states that the Roman church’s definition is the one he prefers: … Continue reading

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Robert Roberts on the common effectiveness of different psychotherapies despite the approach or expertise of the therapist

So therapies are therapeutically effective; this result of the studies spurs us on to integrate their therapeutic power into the work of Christian ministry. But two other cumulative results of the scientific literature on psychotherapy outcomes raise serious questions about … Continue reading

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“The Christian’s freedom and growth are found in fellowship,” Ed Clowney

You cannot bring your gifts to mature function apart from the mutual ministries of Christ’s church. Therefore no Christian can determine his calling in isolation from the throbbing organism in which he is called. No doubt a Christian who is … Continue reading

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Tim Keller on “Religious repentance vs. gospel repentance”

In religion our only hope is to live a life good enough to require God to bless us, so every instance of sin and repentance is therefore traumatic, unnatural, and threatening. Only under great duress do religious people admit they … Continue reading

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Paul Tripp on the “false definition of maturity that is the result of the academic enculturation that tends to take place in seminary.”

It is quite easy in ministry to give in to a subtle but significant redefinition of what spiritual maturity is and does. This definition has it roots in how we think about what sin is and what sin does. I … Continue reading

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