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Author: Todd Murphy

Todd Murphy is a pastor, church planter, and theological educator, but above all, a forgiven sinner struggling to follow Jesus faithfully. He Lives outside Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and six boys.
Building Emotional Integrity II. | What Differentiation of Self is NOT

Building Emotional Integrity II. | What Differentiation of Self is NOT

In this installment I want to offer a contrast. In our first post Building Emotional Integrity I. | Differentiation of Self we defined the concept of self-differentiation. But I want to clarify it a bit more here. Sometimes a principle can be easily misunderstood. So the common pedagogical practice of also defining what it is not can easily dispel common misconceptions…

How Christianity Sacked Rome with the Good-News | An Admonishment to A Waning Western Church

How Christianity Sacked Rome with the Good-News | An Admonishment to A Waning Western Church

The present problem is that in many ways, the Church in the west is waning. It is not getting stronger, but weaker. The behavior and culture of the early church present an instructive example from which to look. We of course cannot recreate the exact same conditions. But speaker and business coach Brian Tracy has observed that if you want to be successful at something, then look at someone who already succeeded at it, and then just do what they did.(2) So perhaps the early Church has some insights that we can successfully apply to the culture…

Building Emotional Integrity I. | Differentiation of Self

Building Emotional Integrity I. | Differentiation of Self

What is differentiation? Differentiation describes a person’s ability to operate from their true or “basic self” as opposed to a pseudo self. It is the emotional capacity to make decisions for self in light of the influence of others in a relationship. Essentially the higher the level of differentiation…

Learning to Forgive Yourself | Understanding Our Projected and Protected Identity

Learning to Forgive Yourself | Understanding Our Projected and Protected Identity

We normally put our best foot forward conveniently leaving out the details we do not like. For simplicity’s sake, we can call this our projected identity. It is the personal narrative that we “want” people to know about us. Or perhaps more importantly it is the way we want people to perceive and think about us. We could think of it like painting a picture. A skilled artist paints the picture he wants his audience to see; a skilled author writes a story she wants her readers to read…

Nurturing a Faithful and Pure Heart Toward God

Nurturing a Faithful and Pure Heart Toward God

Hey everyone, Last week I shared How To Develop The Mind Of Christ | 5 Keys In Sanctification.  These five points are as follows: 1. The Mind of Christ is a Gift2. The Mind of Christ is Shaped Through the Holy Spirit3. The Mind of Christ is Ours to Steward4. The Mind of Christ is Stewarded by Faith5. The Mind of Christ is the Wheelhouse of the Body That post gave me some good opportunities to reflect on its content….

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How to Develop the Mind of Christ | 5 Keys in Sanctification

How to Develop the Mind of Christ | 5 Keys in Sanctification

For all its centrality to the normal Christian life, the process of sanctification is often elusive if not seeming frustratingly distant. The Christian is called to obey Jesus Christ in lifestyle, thoughts, words, and actions. Yet for some reason, most find themselves disillusioned in this pursuit. Why? In 1 Corinthians 2:14–15 the Apostle Paul says the following:  The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not…

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