Taking Initiative: The Difference Between Success and Failure

My wife Kathleen and I had the opportunity to meet with Tina Konkin recently. She’s an internationally known speaker, counselor, and coach on the subject of relationships. As a result, she’s been on major networks, spoken at national conferences, and helped thousands of couples heal broken relationships. We were discussing some potential television projects with Tina, when she said something that I realized applies to so many other areas of life – including

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Is it Safe For Young People to Come to Hollywood?

Today's Headlines are Making Parent's Concerned

As the headlines continue to be filled with horror stories of sexual harassment at film studios and TV networks, I’m getting more questions from concerned parents – especially Christian parents – about their children who want to pursue a career in Hollywood. Is it safe? Particularly for a daughter? There’s no question that some of the accused were respected icons in the industry, and yet at least one had a special lock on his door he could quickly activate from his desk. The speculations range from

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Porn When You Don’t Want It

Just when you thought you had protected your family from pornography on the computer, there’s another threat that’s potentially even more significant. The new porn highway that drives right into your family home is available via your mobile devices. Sure you can filter search engine results there as well, but what I believe are much bigger threats are

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Playboy Starts Covering Up. Is That A Good Thing?

By now, nearly everyone has heard about Playboy magazine’s decision to cover up their models – at least a bit. In the age of online pornography, where extremes have become so accessible (and acceptable), Playboy has become pretty tame by comparison. And their drop in subscribers confirms that people are going elsewhere for their porn fix. At it’s peak, Playboy boasted

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More Verdicts Keep Coming: Pornography is Bad News for the Brain

German researchers are reporting that viewing pornography actually shrinks the brain and reduces neural activity. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association they studied MRI scans of 64 healthy men and discovered that the more porn they viewed, the less gray matter they found in the areas of the brain associated with

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Adultery And The Power of a Glass Door

Over the last year, there’s been a rash of pastors and other Christian leaders stepping down because of moral failings – usually infidelity.  Years ago, I met a pastor in Chicago who was serious about preventing anyone on his staff from engaging in immoral behavior on the job, so he made a brilliant decision – install glass doors in every office in the church. The fact is,

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Christian Movies and Pornography

I thought I’d bring this one back from when I originally posted it in 2009 – because I think it’s worth re-considering.  I know I’ll get some hate mail with this one, and certainly don’t want to be offensive.  But it’s been said that from production and storytelling perspectives, many “Christian” movies of the past years are not that different from porn movies.  Here’s why:

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Can You Take the Heat When it Gets Tough?

This week a major political candidate dropped out of the race because of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.  I don’t know the man, and we can’t know right now if the allegations are truthful.  But whatever the case, it derailed his political dreams.  Whatever you think of this or other candidates, there’s two very obvious lessons here:

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