• More Not Less, Forgiveness

    My pastor told a story during his sermon that I thought was incredibly relevant for our world today. As the story goes, Thomas Edison finished a prototype of the lightbulb and allowed a boy to carry it to the gallery to be inspected by the public. As the boy hurried to deliver the new invention to Continue Reading

  • Resilience In A Broken World

    If there is one thing I have learned after almost 30,000 hours of providing clinical services to individuals and families it is this:  There is no cookie cutter way to respond to the difficult situations that come as a result of living in a broken world. Some people tend to be able to “roll with Continue Reading

  • Response to the South Florida School Shooting

    Another school shooting has yielded new fears for the safety of our children and more questions about how we should respond as a nation to what amounts to a crisis of violence.  One quick glance at your Twitter feed or your Facebook account will yield a myriad of opinions about what we should do next. Continue Reading

  • Selfie Culture Needs to Find Purpose

     My wife and I were at a party several weeks ago and decided that it would be incredibly important to take a quick selfie so that we could post about our evening on all the social media platforms. It felt as if it would be almost disrespectful to the Facebook gods if we didn’t share Continue Reading

  • Goals

    I sat in my clinical office one Friday afternoon feeling utterly helpless as I hung up the phone after talking with my friend.  Two weeks earlier I had referred him to an addictions treatment center a few hours away so that his son could get a good jump start on his recovery from an addiction Continue Reading

  • Gratefulness

        Every holiday season, I enter Thanksgiving with the best of intentions.  I always have this strong desire to spend more time with my family, capture moments of real joy, and appreciate the many blessings I so often take for granted.  Unfortunately, I usually get stuck somewhere along the way feeling stressed by the Continue Reading

  • Achieving the ‘Awe’ Experience

    I walked into the delivery room with my wife 15 years ago with little awareness of what was about to happen.  I knew we were about to have our first baby but I had no idea what effect that little baby boy would have on me.  As I held him in my arms for the Continue Reading

  • What Rats Can Teach Us About Getting ‘Unstuck’

    Have you ever wondered why some people are able to change their diet and exercise habits and lose significant amounts of weight while other people get stuck in negative lifestyle choices that keep them overweight and unhealthy?  Why are some people able to stop the party lifestyle after college and live productive adult lives while Continue Reading