Posted inPsychology

How to identify a ‘victim narcissist’

Reading Time: 3 minutes Social media has a paradoxical effect. We are connected to more people than ever, but the thin, virtual nature of those connections makes us feel more isolated. Psychiatrist Gauri Khurana says this disconnect is responsible for an uptick in narcissism. While Dr. Khurana observes how the term “narcissist” is commonly misused, she notes that the […]

Posted inCulture

How to affirm healthy narcissism

Reading Time: 3 minutes OnlySky · How to affirm healthy narcissism | Becky Garrison Whenever I bring up the term “narcissism” when satirizing self-appointed spiritual gurus I tend to get some pushback regarding the overuse of this word in our current cultural zeitgeist. True, the word “narcissism” does get tossed around in conversations about health & wellness similar to […]

Posted inReligion

How to stop enabling a spiritual narcissist

Reading Time: 4 minutes OnlySky · How to stop enabling a spiritual narcissist | Becky Garrison When I read stories such as the blinged-out Brooklyn bishop robbed at gunpoint of more than $1 million worth of jewelry, new allegations of Ted Haggard behaving inappropriately with young men, or the ongoing scandals facing holy hipsters such as Hillsong Church, I […]

Posted inLeaving Religion

Why the nonreligious need to disengage from the latest spiritual buzz

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Christian media empire, the institutional church, and faith-based progressive political organizations continue to promote false spiritual buzzworthy slogans such as “if you build a better church they will come,” “we’re on the cusp of a new kind of Christianity,” or “if you follow my way of being, you will receive spiritual enlightenment, sacred sexual […]

Posted inCulture

Evangelical reform: Who’s gonna force accountability on pastors?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Whenever things go hideously wrong in any evangelical group, evangelicals tend to think that The Big Problem Here was a lack of accountability. Had proper accountability existed in their group, nothing bad would have happened because nothing bad could have happened without someone noticing it and addressing it. Scandals, in particular, happen because whoever caused that scandal drifted away from their accountabilibuddies.

Posted inPolitics

You don’t belong on that cross

Reading Time: 7 minutes The American Church has been feeling the loss of their cultural relevance, and they’re not taking it very well. It offends them deeply. The last thing they needed was to lose the social privilege they’ve enjoyed for so many generations they have become convinced it’s just the way things are supposed to be. As they […]

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