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The Influence of Faith

Faith changes things. It changes the way we interact with others even when interaction involves conflict and confrontation.

What is a Christian perspective on conflict? Jacqueline Getfield writes for an affiliate of the EFC, Tyndale University College, “As Christians, we often shy away from the very mention of the word conflict. However, our lives … are inherently journeys of, and through, conflict.” She offers tips on how to embrace conflict. According to Dave Roberts, mission mentor with Tyndale, there are ways of resolving conflict without direct confrontation. He says indirect approaches can be critical to "preserving the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

A research study indicates that faith also influences our judgment and composure. People of faith demonstrate lower levels of anxiety and greater confidence when performing tasks. Another study claims that the faithful who attend church lead richer lives. From better marks in school to better marriages, church attendance demonstrates significant benefits.

Even the secular book market is feeling the influence of Christian faith. Mainstream publishers are becoming less reluctant to publish Christian books because of the tremendous success of a number of Christian titles in the last few years: the Left Behind series, The Prayer of Jabez, The Purpose Driven Life, and now The Shack.

As you take a few minutes to consider these articles, you may also want to check out this one. It’s about another research study and it makes for interesting reading especially for people involved with counselling. Apparently a Trinity Western University study has “confirmed that eyes are the windows to the soul.” TWU’s Dr. Rick Bradshaw has co-developed a new alternative therapy that unlocks traumatic memories through eye movement.

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Daina Doucet, Online Editor





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