9 results for tag: Michael Peterson


The Likely Cause of Addiction: Disconnection – reflections on Johann Hari by Michael Peterson & Brad Jersak

"The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection."  - Johann Hari In his Jan. 1015 article, entitled, "The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think," Johann Hari (author of Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs) presents a strong case for believing that addictions are rooted, not in chemical hooks, but in disconnection or alienation. The best treatment, he proposes, is human connection. I.e. love. Dr. C. Michael Peterson and Brad Jersak reflect on these findings.  Michael Peterson Two thoughts:   1) The author contrasts the traditional treatment approach of ...

Will You Remember Me? by Michael Peterson

Graduation is a highlight for faculty and students alike.  With it comes a mix of emotions. Happiness and joy for the success and achievement, and sadness and melancholy that our paths may never cross again.  In the back of our mind is often the question, “Will you remember me?”  Having had thousands of students cross the stage and receive their diploma over the course of my academic career, I honestly have to say that I will not remember most if not all of them.  My graduate students who worked most closely with me I remember best, but even after a decade or two, their faces and names begin to blur and recede into the ...

Flatland, Aslan and Our Final Destiny by Michael Peterson

The square sat silently staring out across Flatland, surveying the two-dimensional world that he inhabited. He was not a square of means, being that he only had 4 sides—and the number of sides one had determined their status in Flatland. Circles, with unlimited sides held rule over the land, and were considered the priests and rulers. Square was knowledgeable of Flatland, and knew his two-dimensional world well, but he always had a feeling, a sense, a longing to see and understand more. He had questions about Flatland and wondered if there was more than just a two-dimensional life. Of course, these questions were considered dangerous, ...

Will it Hurt Less if I Can Control it? by Mike Peterson

Security Blanket Over the past 25 years I have taught a graduate course entitled “Human Responses to Stress,” which more aptly should be called, as I tell my students, “Human Responses to Life” because it is life events and circumstances that cause us distress. Of all the many ways we respond to stress two themes emerge as having preeminence: predictability and control. We go to great lengths to control our lives and make them predictable. In fact, an unpredictable life is a life that is very stressful, and potentially harmful. When we drive, we like other driver’s behavior to be predictable—we want them to predictably stay on their ...

September 2018

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: What Do You Expect from Jesus? – pg. 1 Information Is Not Knowledge – pg. 2 Religion or Love? – pg. 5 Bricks or Stones? – pg. 6 Broken Bridge – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8 CLICK on MAGAZINE COVER BELOW for Flipping Page Format [real3dflipbook id="178"]

August 2018

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Brad Jersak: Space for All at God's Table– pg. 3 Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt: Everyone Belongs to God – pg. 6 Michael Peterson & Brad Jersak: Disconnection: A Likely Cause of Addictions – pg. 7 Laura Urista: Love Is – pg. 10 Greg Albrecht: People of the Way – pg. 12 Greg Albrecht: “Does God Give Ultimate Authority to Human Leaders?” -pg. 15

June 2018

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Greg Albrecht: One Nation Under God?– pg. 3 Andreas Knapp: The Last Christians – pg. 6 Michael Peterson: The Matrix: Distinguishing Between Reality and Illusion – pg. 10 J. LeBron McBride: When Words Fail – pg. 12 Nan Kuhlman: Communion in the ER – pg. 14 Greg Albrecht: “I was tempted and I caved in to sin” -pg. 15

The Matrix – Distinguishing Between Reality and Illusion

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Bricks or Stones – Dr. P. Michael Peterson

Bricks or stones?As you look around any college campus you see many bricks, and they are a wonderful building material in construction and architecture.However, bricks are also a metaphor for sameness, lack of individuality, and commonness.Bricks are made in a mold, and heated to create an identical building material that lacks individuality.  Bricks are symbolic of pressure, systems, and structures that conform individuals to specific behaviors, ideologies and perspectives.   Common Core programs in schools, government over-regulation, media bias, religious dogmas, and political correct standards are forces that can mold and conform us ...