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I never really had any heroes that I looked up to as a boy.  Of course, I idolized the A-Team [is it just me, or was Murdoch funnier when I was 10 than he is now?] and I wanted to be the ninja from the TV show The Master [does ANYONE remember that show?] -- but those were fictional characters -- make-believe.  I remember being asked in Sunday School class to name a real living hero that you looked up to and I honestly couldn't think of any.  At church, it is usually safe to abide by the principle, "When in doubt, the answer to any question is 'Jesus'" so that might have been my answer -- but the most honest answer would have been, "No one."

The first hero that I ever looked up to was Dr. Larry Crabb.  [To my friends from college, this statement should come as no surprise.]  Back in the 70's and 80's, Dr. Crabb was part of a movement to try to integrate or harmonize psychology with Scripture.  I'm no scholar, so my understanding of this movement is somewhat limited.  From my perspective, much of what Freud said seemed to be in direct conflict with the revealed truth of Scripture.  The only problem was that the counseling office seemed to be doing a better job of helping some people than the local church (at least in some instances) -- especially as it related to what we now call "mental health" issues.  Dr. Crabb was at the forefront of the discussion.

In my limited understanding, I think the main ideas were as follows.  God's primary means for learning how to be in relationship is the local church.  At their core, what we now call "mental health" issues (i.e. depression, anxiety, anorexia, etc.) are rooted in how we relate to each other.  If this is correct, why does the counseling office (influenced by Freud and psychology) seem to be doing a better job of effecting change than the local church for some people?

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