The Lost Art of Apology

All of us have been hurt at one time or another by someone, and an insincere or insufficient apology leaves us even more discouraged. Our world overflows with public and private examples of poor apologies in politics, sports, business, church, and personal arenas.  Media critics demonstrate their own inability to distinguish a poor apology from The Lost Art of Apology

I Hear You (I think). Are We Listening?

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Have you ever played the game “Telephone”? One person whispers a short story or sentence one time to another person, then that person whispers it to another, and so on until the last person states aloud what he or she heard. During the process, pretty much everything in the story changes. Why does this happen? I Hear You (I think). Are We Listening?

Shame Wears a Mask

(This post is from a previous blog posted on ACAC’s blog posts in 2014.) I recently asked someone how an event went for her—she had told me about an upcoming speech she was to give, and had had some anxiety about it. She replied, “Oh, I don’t know.  Some people seemed to like it.”  With further discussion, Shame Wears a Mask

Acknowledged Emotions are Good Emotions

It’s been two years since the Disney/Pixar release of the movie Inside Out, a film set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley. If you haven’t seen it, the main characters are actually Riley’s emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. The movie follows the antics of these 5 emotions as Riley’s family Acknowledged Emotions are Good Emotions

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

As I typed the title, the song started in my head. I apologize if it’s now lodged in yours. The Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the church in Corinth, reminds us that we have been given the ministry of reconciliation.  Some may view this ministry as evangelistic, or some may see it as Why Can’t We Be Friends?