Robin Williams, Mental Illness, and the Pulpit

Each generation has the privilege of watching genius live among us. One of those bright lights for this generation was Robin Williams. News of his suicide was stunning. At the same time, it put a spotlight on mental illness and depression. As someone who has dealt with severe anxiety in my own life, I know […]

Dead Poets Society

Weekly Top 10 for August 8, 2014

The Weekly Top 10 are select articles from my reading around the Internet this past week. You can see all of my bookmarks on Pinboard. Master of Influence Robert Cialdini Recommends Five Books Psychologist Robert Cialdini wrote two of the the most important books on influence: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive and The Psychology of Persuasion. […]

Weekly Top 10 for August 1, 2014

The Weekly Top 10 are select articles from my reading around the Internet this past week. You can see all of my bookmarks on Pinboard. Can Traditional Religion Survive A Wired World? While the focus of this article is the Catholic Church, the argument transcends denominational lines. Here’s the argument: the wide dissemination of truth may, […]

What I’m Learning About Small Groups: Evaluate and Improve (Part 2)

  This is part two of a series of posts I am doing describing the process of evaluating our small group curriculum at First Family Church and the changes we made based on feedback. If you missed it, you can read part 1 of the series here in which I describe our curriculum for the 2012-13 school […]

How Do You Define A Cult?

During the Spring 2014 semester I am studying Modern Religious Sects as part of a Master of Arts in Apologetics through Luther Rice Seminary.  Establishing a clear definition of what constitutes a cult or sect is an essential place to begin when studying religious movements and gatherings. This is more true in 21st Century America, […]