48: Measuring the Metrics for Success (with Shawn Manley) Part 2

10 Nov

What standard do you use to measure success? In our money- and achievement-driven Western world, where success is measured in very quantifiable ways by our current society, this becomes a very important issue. You could, for example, be considered a … Read More »

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 »

46: The Legacy of Puritanism, Jonathan Edwards, & “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

27 Oct

What is the legacy of one, single sermon? Even though Jonathan Edwards, the famous American theologian, preacher, missionary and pastor, is well-known in academic circles for his volumes of work, most people know him only from one sermon he preached … Read More »

45: Surviving a Fundamentalist Upbringing (with Valerie Cunningham)

20 Oct

What’s it like to grow up in a strict Christian, fundamentalist home?  The effects of growing up being “sheltered from the evil world” can linger with people, long after they’ve grown up, left home, and are raising families of their … 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 »

Show 40: MindShift: “The Wisdom of Your Heart” (with Marc Alan Schelske)

15 Sep

Overheard in church: “God doesn’t have emotions…and neither should you!” What constitutes a good Christian, anyway? Someone who is spiritually mature, is the common answer. But what if that person is emotionally immature? What then? This is precisely what I and Marc … Read More »