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Are You Thriving?

According to David Brooks, author of The Road to Character, “we live in a society that encourages us to think about how to have a great career but leaves many of us inarticulate about how to cultivate the inner life.” He writes that, without a strategy for building...

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Pepperdine Students Evaluate Their Character Strengths

A BIG THANKS! to Dr. Kelly Haer and her Psych Testing class at Pepperdine University. Thirty-one students participated in our Character Strengths Program. Each student completed a self-evaluation of their character strengths and invited five friends and family members...

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The Beatitudes, Character Strengths and Human Thriving

The Beatitudes, recorded in Chapter 5 of the Gospel of Matthew, are Jesus' instructions for human thriving. They align quite nicely with the twenty-four character "strengths" foundational to the field of positive psychology. As a psychologist, Dr. Matheson understands...

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Self-Control Anyone?

Self-control is the topic of the feature article of the May 2017 edition of Christianity Today (CT). Bradley Wright, the article's author, points out that self-control is key to Christian living. Self-control is also one of twenty-four character "strengths",...

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How brave are you?

When helping clients work on their character strengths, Dr. Matheson often suggests starting with "bravery". He finds most people don't think of themselves as particularly brave or courageous. Dr. Matheson's experience is consistent with responses to the Character...

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It takes time and suffering to perfect character

Ever wonder why Jesus waited until he was thirty years old to start his ministry and then took three years to complete his mission? I think part of the reason may be that his brain and character needed the time and life experiences to be ready for Jerusalem. According...

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The Centrality of Jesus’ Character

I recently came across a series of lectures on the character of Jesus delivered in part between January and Easter of 1907 and January and Easter of 1908. They were delivered on Sunday evenings at Broadway Tabernacle church in New York City by its pastor, Charles...

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A call to lives of humility

In The Road to Character, author David Brooks says our culture is out of balance and devalues human life. He points to evidence of: ...a broad shift from a culture of humility to the culture of what you might call the Big Me, from a culture that encouraged people to...

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Christian character isn’t automatic

In his book, After You Believe, Why Christian Character Matters, Dr. N. T. Wright positions the development of Christian character within the context of what it means to be genuinely human and as preparation for the role of "priests and rulers" in the coming "new...

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Does Your Heart Think?

The Bible and scientific research seem to allow for something very close to that possibility. Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, states that: "Heart" occurs over one thousand times in the Bible, making it the most common anthropological term in the...

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