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A Theology of Juxtaposition for Everyday Life

Posted on04 Jun 2018
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My first official publication on the theology of juxtaposition was finally published last week on HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, Volume 74, No 2, a4630. It was exciting to work on the paper with my long-time friend and brother in Christ, Dr Joe Miller of Southern California Seminary, USA. You can download the full paper online here. The paper basically responds to the spiritual struggles and issues associated with having a relationship experience with God by...
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Attachment-motivated Religious Conflicts and Psychopathology

Posted on08 Sep 2017
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What is the cause of religious-related conflicts and acts of terrorism? And how can we explain the conflicts from the perspective of the individual perpetrator? These questions are what I have attempted to address in my latest article on “Attachment Theory and Religious Violence” published in a special issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion on the Role of Religion in Violence and Peacebuilding. Here is an excerpt from the editorial which I believe...
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A Caregiving Faith: What Does It Mean for Young People?

Posted on12 Jan 2017
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If we take as a premise that there is an enduring tie that bonds relational partners in a relationship then the paper The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A care-giving faith? should concern all of us, especially those working with young people. The main bulk of the argument in the paper was that youth faith experience precipitates from a ‘behavioural system’ known as the ‘attachment system’. It is said that a sense of attachment resonates with...
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PPT: MISSIONAL THERAPY — A Hermeneutic of Care for Christian Counselors

Posted on28 Dec 2016
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Imagine a hermeneutical approach that privileges the missio Dei as the key to interpreting our experiences of anxiety and conflict? I will be presenting this idea at the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry Conference in Sydney come January 5, 2017. The presentation invites Christian counselors to engage in a missional therapy that interprets experiences of identity crisis and unhealthy thought patterns by drawing insights rooted in missional convictions and Christian hope. On this...
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New Paper: The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation

Posted on19 Oct 2016
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Pleased to announce my new article, “The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A Care-giving Faith?” in Journal of Youth & Theology via Brill. The idea of the paper came from my Youth Identity Crisis research in Stellenbosch South Africa few years ago. The paper investigates what inspires an attachment behaviour towards God, showing how young people develop their faith experience along four relational pathways. Below is the abstract and you can access the paper here:    ...
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PPT: Spirituality and Well-being in South African Youths

Posted on27 Sep 2016
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In case i bumped into you at your church some three years ago in Stellenbosch, making some funny jokes to cheer you up to fill out a survey for me, here are some slides that give a visual clue of what’s happening when you experience God as a relational partner. I had the opportunity of discussing the results from the research today at the Spirituality, Culture, and Wellbeing Conference at Exclesia College, Sydney. While I...
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Paper Alert: ‘Making Sense of Place Attachment’

Posted on19 Sep 2016
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Pleased to announce the publication of my new paper, “Making Sense of Place Attachment: Towards a holistic understanding of people-place relationships and experiences” to the spring issue of ‘Environment, Space, Place,’ 8 (1) pp.7-32 via Zeta Books. The paper draws from the attachment framework to explore the different places to which people are drawn. This was accomplished by integrating the works of Jorgensen & Stedman (2001), Scannell & Gifford (2010), and Seamon (2012, 2014) on place attachment. Read the abstract below and...
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