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Is the World Getting Worse?

August 6th, 2019 · 1 Comment · Psychology

Imagine the scope of human behavior on a bell curve. You have extremes of good and bad on either end with most people (and their subsequent actions) being somewhere near the middle (68% within +- 1 standard deviation and 95% being within 2.). Now shift the mean in either direction. The normal distribution (bell curve) […]

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Homeostasis – The Discipleship Killer

May 23rd, 2019 · 1 Comment · Psychology

There is something in our human nature that likes equilibrium. We don’t like disruption. Most of us don’t like a lot of change. We like consistency. We like normalcy. We like routine. There are exceptions to this of course but by and large this is part of human nature. The fancy word for this is […]

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The Root of Church Division is NOT Primarily Theological

May 9th, 2019 · 8 Comments · Christianity, Church, Church of Christ, Psychology

Church split for two reasons that have theological spin but not theological roots. We say that church split over instruments or over women’s roles. That is what brought tension to the system but the system wasn’t robust enough to handle the tension. What is the root? The first root, that I have been discussing relentlessly […]

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Metacognition and Church of Christ Theology: An Introduction

June 25th, 2018 · 7 Comments · Biblical Interpretation, Psychology

It is important to think about how we think. That is what metacognition is all about. What are the presuppositions that we bring to the table that influence our understanding of the Bible? John Locke believed infants were born tabula rasa (blank slate) but that is certainly not the case when we enter into any […]

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Self-differentiation: One of the Greatest Gifts You Can Receive

June 13th, 2018 · No Comments · Psychology

I wish someone had told me sooner, when I was much younger that the more you depend on others for how you feel the worse you are going to feel. It has taken me the vast majority of my life to figure this out and I am glad I did. The moment I stopped worrying […]

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Intentionality Over Reactivity

July 18th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Psychology

Jesus tells us there are two paths through life: the narrow way and the broad way. The broad way has many people on it and it ultimately leads to destruction. The narrow way is one few find and it leads to life. In context Jesus is saying that the way we live our life really […]

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Psychotherapy, Preaching and Self-Differentiation in Ministry

October 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Christianity, Church, Ministry, Preaching, Psychology

There is a term in psychology that every preacher needs to be aware of called “self-differentiation” and it basically means knowing where you stop and everyone else starts…it is the maturity to be able to pull apart what is going on inside of self and what is going on outside yourself. Part of self-differentiation in […]

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James 1: Which Kind of Person Will You Be?

February 4th, 2013 · 4 Comments · Bible, Christianity, James, New Testament, Psychology, Religion

James starts his letter characterizing two types of people (click here to read James 1). The guy experiences trouble and out of that experience develops a mature faith. The second guy James describes doubts God. He is foolish and his life ends up being blown around like the waves, going here and there but never […]

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Hurt by Chap Clark

October 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Christianity, Church, Church of Christ, Culture, Ministry, Post modernism, Psychology, Religion, Youth Ministry

Have any of you read “Hurt” by Chap Clark? Our youth minister has highly recommended that I read this book and has laid out the premise of it for me. Then I was speaking with another youth minister who also mentioned this book and how powerful it is in understanding today’s adolescent culture. From what […]

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Now Offering Statistics Help for Doctoral Candidates and Dissertations

January 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Personal, Psychology

Over the last several months I have started offering help with statistics and research design for people who are working on their dissertation. Often people are severely under-equipped for doing the statistical analysis for their doctorate. Many programs only require a small handful of stats courses and very little by way of research design. Now […]

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