Mike Johnston: Dancing with the Devil

It was the summer of 2003, and I had tickets for one of the hottest rock concerts of the season. Prior to the show, I was sitting in a local restaurant with a young man with whom I had been in a clandestine homosexual relationship for several months.


Social Media: When You Are a Hammer

When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail. They call this maxim "Maslow's hammer" and it is meant to make us consider the way we use our tools. Tools like hammers and tools like Twitter and Facebook


“My Best Friend and I Like the Same Guy! Help!”

My best friend REALLY likes this boy but she doesn't talk to him much. The problem is, I've been talking to him a lot lately and I'm starting to like him too! He's an awesome guy, but I don't want to hurt my friend! I don't know if I should pursue him. What should I do?

Sexploitation Television

We knew TV was sexualized, but just how much so was recently revealed in a study compiled by the Parents Television Council. During the research study period, of the 238 aired television episodes, 150 of them (63%) contained sexual content with 33% containing sexually exploitative scenes.



"Three Wooden Crosses" Singer Randy Travis in Critical Condition

Country Singer Randy Travis has undergone heart surgery according to a statement released Monday by his sister-in-law Teresa Traywick and is in critical condition. Travis' publicist reported that the singer was admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday night as a result of viral cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens the heart muscles.

Are Facebook Friends Real Friends?

How can all those friends, be "real" friends? Facebook may have been created for college students, but for my demographic, it has connected me to friends I left behind decades ago-all those kids that remembered me as a terribly shy grade-schooler, an awkward tween, and an over-zealous student in high school. And now we are free of the brutal cliques!


Sex: When the Cost is Hidden

She'd been asked to speak to the students, but she could clearly see their disinterest. Clicking the remote, the screen in front flashed her first slide about STDs.





Condom Sense

With skyrocketing Chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in San Diego County, public health officials decided the best solution was to give out free condoms.They set up a website and anyone wanting free condoms could ask and they'd be mailed discreetly-no questions asked.

Showing Love to Children in Need

An orphans and vulnerable children program in Mozambique helps boys and girls receive necessities and provides them with loving caretakers


If You're Going to Roast Your Pastor, Here Are a Few Tips

I was talking to a young pastor recently. He's been called to a church in steep decline and asked to salvage and, hopefully, even grow the church again. It's hard work changing a church. (I know this firsthand.) He knew immediately he would have to do some things differently to achieve different results.

Facebook Punditry

I don't know what it is about Facebook that makes its users feel like they are noteworthy political pundits. I'm sure there are studies and reports on this phenomenon, but I have no desire to read them. I'm OK not knowing.


The Five People You Can Count on Most

If you would take a leadership role in the Kingdom of God, you will be needing fellow workers. You will not be able to nor will you be asked to do this alone.



Thankful People are Happy People

Research shows that gratitude is a powerful force for creating positive changes in individuals, families, and organizations. In fact, according to Sonja Lyubomirsky, a research professor of psychology, "The expression of gratitude is a kind of metastrategy for achieving happiness."

Lonely? How Are You Filling the Hole in Your Heart?

The Pain of Loneliness - The Health Risks of Feeling Isolated are Physical, Not Just Emotional. This was the title of an article that appeared in the Charlotte Observer newspaper the other day. It was written by Jane Brody, health columnist for the New York Times.