“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”― Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ Courtesy of Flo Maderebner What is Balance, Anyway? Recently, I had a chat with a friend of mine about balance. We […]

Men: Social Bonding and the Local Church (Conclusion)

The preceding series of blog posts ascribed utility to the theory of social bonding (used in criminal psychology) and unpacked the four domains of attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief. This post will seek to tie the domains together and conclude the series. This is not intended to be a prescriptive […]

Men: Social Bonding & Purpose in Life (Part IV)

In a previous blog post, we discussed social bonding and the element of involvement. How the local church gets young men involved will differ from congregation to congregation, but social bonding indicates that the higher the level of involvement the individual has, the higher the level of cognitive mapping of […]

Men: Social Bonding & Purpose in Life (Part III)

In a previous blog post, we discussed the commitment domain of social bonding. In criminal psychology, commitment acts as a cognitive function and is descriptive of the rational cost for future goals. A higher level of commitment to a group will make the cost of behavioral deviation greater. In this […]