Stephen Muse


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Stephen Muse, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, B.C.E.T.S is Co-Director responsible for the Pastoral Counselor Training program and Clinical Services for the D.A & Elizabeth Turner Ministry Resource Center of the Pastoral Institute, Inc. in Columbus, Georgia and teaches and supervises in the U.S. Army Family Life Chaplain Training program at Fort Benning. He has served as a part time instructor in the graduate counseling program of Columbus State University, as a clinical field supervisor for Auburn University counseling psychology program and as adjunct faculty with the doctoral programs of Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Illinois and Union Graduate Institute in Ohio.

Dr. Muse has taught and led professional workshops throughout the U.S. and
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“If I know the classical psychological theories well enough to pass my comps and can reformulate them in ways that can impress peer reviewers from the most prestigious journals, but have not the practical wisdom of love, I am only an intrusive muzak soothing the ego while missing the heart.

And if I can read tea leaves, throw the bones and manipulate spirits so as to understand the mysteries of the universe and forecast the future with scientific precision, and if I have achieved a renaissance education in both the exoteric and esoteric sciences that would rival Faust and know the equation to convert the mass of mountains into psychic energy and back again, but have not love, I do not even exist.

If I gain freedom from all my attachments and maintain constant alpha waves in my consciousness, showing perfect equanimity in all situations, ignoring every personal need and compulsively martyring myself for the glory of God, but this is not done freely from love, I have accomplished nothing.

Love is great-hearted and unselfish; love is not emotionally reactive, it does not seek to draw attention to itself. Love does not accuse or compare. It does not seek to serve itself at the expense of others. Love does not take pleasure in other peeople's sufferings, but rejoices when the truth is revealed and meaningful life restored. Love always bears reality as it is, extending mercy to all people in every situation. Love is faithful in all things, is constantly hopeful and meets whatever comes with immovable forbearance and steadfastness. Love never quits.

By contrast, prophecies give way before the infinite possibilities of eternity, and inspiration is as fleeting as a breath. To the writing and reading of many books and learning more and more, there is no end, and yet whatever is known is never sufficient to live the Truth who is revealed to the world only in loving relationship.

When I was a beginning therapist, I thought a lot and anxiously tried to fix people in order to lower my own anxiety. As I matured, my mind quieted and I stopped being so concerned with labels and techniques and began to realize that, in the mystery of attentive presence to others, the guest becomes the host in the presence of God. In the hospitality of genuine encounter with the other, we come face to face with the mystery of God who is between us as both the One offered One who offers.

When all the theorizing and methodological squabbles have been addressed, there will still only be three things that are essential to pastoral counseling: faith, hope, and love. When we abide in these, we each remain as well, without comprehending how, for the source and raison d'etre of all is Love.”
Stephen Muse, When Hearts Become Flame: An Eastern Orthodox Approach to the Dia-Logos of Pastoral Counseling

“In order to attack us, the devil must first weaken our spiritual immune systems by infecting us with the snake oil of this delusion rooted not in dialogue with God “just as I am” but the thought that I should postpone dialogue with God until after I can become good enough to be worthy of such a meeting. This is the other end of the stick of pride, which already presumes to be worthy of dialogue and so remains in a monologue of self-love out of envy and vainglory.”
Stephen Muse, When Hearts Become Flame: An Eastern Orthodox Approach to the διά-Λογος of Pastoral Counseling



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