Mark is author of the forthcoming book “Not so Overwhelmed: Changing the World Without Wrecking Your Life.” He is author of “The Solid Foundation Journal,” and contributing author to “The Christian Handbook of Abuse, Addiction, and Difficult Problems.“ He has written for several magazines, including Leadership Journal, Reformed Worship, and The Banner. He is editor of the leadership blog lastingleaders.com and the recovery blog sexualsanity.com. He publishes an email newsletter (“Renew Weekly“) with five bullet points of quotes, links, and articles designed to encourage you in your spiritual journey.
Articles Mark has written about Leadership and Spirituality:
- “The Friendless Pastor” (from Leadership Journal) on why isolation is so common and dangerous for spiritual leaders
- “Interactive Preaching” (from Reformed Worship) on the experience at Jacob’s Well of having sermons with discussion
- Overcoming Overwhelm in Ministry – which led to further research, and eventually the book I’m finishing up now
- The Danger of Putting Spiritual Leaders on Pedestals – part 1
- The Danger of Putting Spiritual Leaders on Pedestals – part 2
- Is it Time to Remodel How We Live? – more background to the “Not so Overwhelmed” book
- What Addiction and Recovery Taught Me About ‘Believing in God’
- The Work of Giving Spiritual Care and Direction — what is and why pastors so seldom do it
- Some thoughts about Race and Racism — some personal reflections about this important issue
- Five Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life — long article, with lots of quotes about five core spiritual practices that form the basis of the vision of both Loop and Jacob’s Well Church.
- Some Thoughts about Ministry, Church, and Faith: Am I the Only One Who Thinks This? — something like a personal manifesto, outlining some of the questions that led me to a deeper understanding of the spiritual life, and different understanding of church ministry.
- Being Busy, but Not Productive — A fairly short article about the need to be slower and more deliberate in order to be effective.
- Thomas Kelly on Living a Centered Life, in the Midst of Busyness — this is the FIRST part of a very important article that outlines Kelly’s approach, with extensive quotes from him.
- Thomas Kelly on Staying Centered and Spiritually Connected Throughout a Busy Day — this is the SECOND part of a very important article that outlines Kelly’s approach, with extensive quotes from him.
- Contemplation, Silence, and Meditation are Christian Practices, and are the Need of the Hour — the title says it all. We must not cede meditation and contemplation to Eastern religions … it is part of our heritage, and incredibly important.
- What the World Needs Now: Mysticism — What mysticism is, and why we need it so badly in the church today.
Articles Mark has written about Recovery:
- How to Deal with Someone You Love Who is an Addict — Short article on this topic, with information about the “prayer of releasing” process.
- How Memory Works, and How Memories / Trauma Are “Healed” — Important article about an important topic, based on teaching from people who have scientific understanding and credibility about this issue.
- Just Fix my Addiction, and Leave the Rest of My Life Alone! — Facing the biggest hurdle for many people in recovery from addiction — and many other problems as well — the fallacious idea that the problem is small and isolated … that it is possible to be “fixed” without changing other parts of life.
- Grief, the Essential – and often Missing – Ingredient for Recovery — This article talks about our tendency to deny grief, and how damaging this is to our emotional health, and to the recovery process.
- What to Do if Sex is a Struggle, but not Really an Addiction — Addiction and struggle exist of a spectrum. Most people are not either sexually healthy or flaming, full-blown addicts. We’re somewhere in between. Here’s how to know … and what do to.
- What Addiction and Recovery Taught me About Believing in God — This article explains that the process of “coming to believe” is part of the recovery process, and many addicts with a strong religious background have a hard time in recovery because they have so much to UN-learn about God and faith, and they don’t realize this.
- Advice for a Woman Whose Husband is Into Porn and She’s Not Sure What to do Because They’re Missionaries — I published an edited version of a letter I wrote to someone in this situation … might have some helpful information for spouses in similar (ie. sensitive) situations.
- What Are We Talking About When we Talk About Addiction, Part 1 — “Addiction” is a word that is thrown around so much that it’s become confusing, and sometimes unhelpful. We use the term in four different ways, and it’s important to know which one you’re talking about.
- What Are We Talking About When we Talk About Addiction, Part 2 — “Addiction” is a word that is thrown around so much that it’s become confusing, and sometimes unhelpful. We use the term in four different ways, and it’s important to know which one you’re talking about.