christian

run the race

Family Review: RUN THE RACE is Cliched, But Well-Acted, Christian Drama

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?      This faith-based football drama (produced by NFL superstar Tim Tebow) takes a look at the importance of family and faith in the midst of challenges. The metaphor of running a race is compared to the spiritual challenge of earning faith, especially during obstacles in life.  In the New Testament of the Bible, the apostle Paul compares keeping the faith as fighti ...[Read More]

LGBT

“Stay Alive.” – A Believer’s Open Letter to the LGBT Community

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Reading devastating reports of LGBT teens and adults who die, or attempt to die, by suicide because of a struggle to reconcile religion with sexuality, I need to speak up. I can only speak for myself, but if my voice contributes to a chorus that helps keeps even one of you alive and gives you hope, it's worth saying something. I speak to struggling LGBT ...[Read More]

easter

How a Catholic, a Protestant, and a Latter-day Saint Shared Easter in Peace

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT) Catholics, Evangelicals, and Latter-day Saints. Three divergent branches of Christianity whose doctrinal differences have led to everything from declaring each other un-Christian to literal warfare. There have been harsh judgments, persecutions, retaliations, and all sorts of behavior that Jesus would certainly weep over. Yet one beautiful weekend I dis ...[Read More]

Are You Handling Rejection Like Christ Did?

Are You Handling Rejection Like Christ Did?

“The Mockery of Christ” by Carl Bloch By Jonathan Decker “He is despised and rejected of men. A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. And we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised and we esteemed him not.” – Isaiah 53:3. All of us face rejection. Perhaps we don’t get the job we interviewed for. Maybe a love interest breaks our heart. It could be that a parent only acce ...[Read More]

cactus jack

Album Review: Aussie Mormon Gives LDS Hymns a Soulful Spin

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, entertainment critic) I recently had the opportunity to attend a performance by one of the most unique talents of the LDS music scene. Paul “Cactus Jack” Le Mar is an Australian Mormon who performed live at an event I attended last month. I was stunned (and very moved) by his soulful, passionate takes on Latter-day hymns. I approached him and found him genuine ...[Read More]

muslim

When 40,000 Christians Gave a Muslim a Standing Ovation

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT Lately it feels like America is being torn asunder. Between hate crimes against the LGBT community, divisive politics, cops shooting civilians, civilians shooting cops, and mass media stirring the pot, as a nation we seem in short supply of unity, understanding, and shared respect. But my wife and I witnessed a moment of love and gratitude that will rema ...[Read More]

all hands on deck

“All Hands on Deck” – How Christ Rescues Us From Despair

Jonathan's note: Although I am a man of faith, I have the utmost respect for those who do not share my beliefs. I share this deeply personal poem, which I wrote years ago in a time of turmoil, in the hope that it will bring spiritual relief to those looking for such.  “All Hands on Deck” By Jonathan Decker The world's a storming, tumultuous sea With multitudes drowning, struggling, los ...[Read More]

young messiah

THE YOUNG MESSIAH Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE YOUNG MESSIAH ABOUT? Based on the Anne Rice novel Christ Our Lord: Out of Egypt, this film explores the fictionalized, non-Biblical events of Jesus Christ's seventh year. (Buy or rent it here). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Beautifully-shot and featuring a moving musical score by John Debney (The Passion of the Christ), your appreciation f ...[Read More]

risen movie

RISEN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S RISEN ABOUT? A Roman military tribune is tasked with finding the body of Jesus Christ in order to squash rumors of the Resurrection. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) After the dual disappointments of Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, this film is a refreshing reminder of how good biblical movies can be when they’re done right. A near-perfect marri ...[Read More]

god's love

How God’s Love Can Help You to Love Yourself

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT Billions of people worldwide believe in God in some form or another. One of the most universal doctrines is that God loves everyone. Sometimes people settle into the idea that “God loves everyone simply because He's God.” To me, this is a lazy, impractical theology. If God just arbitrarily loves everyone, vaguely and collectively, then there' ...[Read More]