In my last post I gave a description of “repentance.” In summary, when we look at 2 Corinthians 7:10-11, we can see the heartbeat of real repentance. Real repentance flows from a deeply felt grief that we’ve broken the heart of God, that we have offended Him. Real repentance produces: an earnestness and diligence to move away from sin, an eagerness to make amends and get to the root of the problem, an indignation and hatred of the sin, a fear and awe of the Lord that shakes us at our very core, a longing and a thirst for God, … Continue reading →
I know all too well that there are no quick fixes: no easy tricks or easy solutions to porn addiction. Believe me, I’ve tried them. There were many times of desperation where my latest epiphany seemed like the missing link to my personal recovery. “This is it!” I thought. “This is the key to beating this addiction.” I’m not much for self-help psychology, but I was the first guy in line to buy the newest book about sexual healing to go to the addictions conferences, to tap into the power of prayerful meditation. I don’t for a moment belittle these … Continue reading →
In my experience there is usually one of the spouses in a marriage that handles the majority of the doctoring and nursing duties. There is one who has the medical knowledge and who knows what to do when a child or spouse is injured or maybe just plain under the weather. There is one who can clean up vomit without having to don a hazmat suit. For my marriage, this person is most definitely Aileen. She is the one who is always the first to notice the signs of sickness in our children. I may think they are acting perfectly … Continue reading →
I spend the bulk of my working hours surfing the Web to listen to the chatter about porn. Addicts, wives of addicts, parents of addicts, porn stars and pastors and priests, the tempted and the tried: many people are talking about how habitual pornography viewing has affected them and those they love. Still there are some widespread myths about pornography in the world, and in our culture. Those myths can be, at times, crippling to those who watch pornography without reservation.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has been the standard handbook for mental health professionals for over 50 years. A release of the approved fifth edition, the DSM-V, is expected in 2012. In a recent editorial, Jerald J. Block, M.D., discusses the possibility that “Internet Addiction” may be appearing in the new manual. I’ve reprinted the short article below.