Deconstructing Systematic Theology: What’s the Point? (Part 2)

3 Nov

Along with my previous post on deconstructing systematic theology, I wanted to explore this topic in a bit more detail, and examine some of the personal aspects regarding what toxic theology can do to people, not just in terms of … Read More »

44: The Bad Jesus & New Atheism (with Dr Hector Avalos) Part 2

13 Oct

Did Jesus ever say or do anything wrong? This is the major question explored by Dr Hector Avalos in his book, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics, and this forms the basis of the discussion in Part 2 … Read More »

41: Preaching with a Bias (with Gary Hayes) Part 1

22 Sep

What effect does listening to years of sermons have on a person’s psyche, behavior, and mental health? In this episode of the newly-named “MindShift” podcast (formerly “The Preacher’s Forum podcast”), Gary Hayes and I tackle the subject of preaching, and … Read More »

Exploring “The Wisdom of Your Heart: Discovering the God-Given Purpose and Power of Your Emotions” by Marc Alan Schelske

13 Sep

Introduction Is it possible for a Christian to claim to be spiritually mature, but at the same time be emotionally immature? Surely this dichotomous thinking must be problematic on many different levels. This is the major premise advanced by author … Read More »

Leaving the Church…to Find Myself

3 Sep

Introduction Why would a person feel the need to leave a church behind, in order to find themselves? This again sounds crazy, much like my previous article, and the podcast episodes on this topic with Gary Hayes. We suggested that … Read More »

Show 38: MindShift: Leaving the Church…to Find God (with Gary Hayes) Part 1

1 Sep

Why would anyone even contemplate the idea of leaving the church in order to find God? Surely the church is where one goes to…find God, right?  But the truth is that for many, God can easily get lost in the … Read More »

Leaving the Church…to Find God?!

28 Aug

Introduction What is the purpose of the church, anyway? It’s got to be more than just a social club; more than simply a place for Christian singles to find eligible marriageable partners; or just a place to connect with others … Read More »

Bad Theology and Mental Health in the Church: A Toxic Mix?

25 Aug

Introduction This may seem like a bizarre question to ask, but could it be true? Could a church actually be contributing to, or—worse yet—even causing—mental health issues among its members? Several years ago, when I was a pastor myself, I … Read More »