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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Show 37: MindShift: Bad Theology, Mental Health, and the Church: A Toxic Mix? (with Steve Austin)

25 Aug

“You can’t be a Christian…and crazy!” says Steve Austin of the CXMH podcast and the iamsteveaustin website. He’s my guest on this latest episode of the MindShift podcast series. There is unfortunately a major stigma attached to mental health issues … Read More »