The myth of individuality

Join us at Brentwood Presbyterian Church on January 24 at 9:00 AM as we start a three part series on the importance of Christian community as a source of healing for emotional pain. Dr. Baker will begin by addressing the myth of individuality and explaining how we are all fundamentally relational beings.

Are People Basically Good, or Bad?

Dr. Mark Baker will be speaking this Sunday, February 1st at Brentwood Presbyterian Church on Why Good People do Bad Things, and Why Apparently Bad People can Do Very Good Things. We will be discussing real life examples of personal transformation from the largest maximum security prison in America at Angola, Louisiana.

Joni Eareckson Tada Conference

Join me, Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic and over 50 other speakers at the Global Access Conference—this February 17-20 in Westlake Village, CA . I am honored to be one of the workshop leaders again this year and would love to have you join me. To receive the lowest possible registration fee, use the priority code “guest” at globalaccessconference.org. Space is limited so don’t delay.

Can Men Change?

I just returned from the largest maximum security prison in the country located in Angola, Louisiana. The average sentence there is 90 years, so most of the men never leave. Because of the emphasis on moral rehabilitation of Warden Burl Cain, I witnessed an amazing number of lives transformed from murders, rapists and armed robbers to educated, spiritually sensitive men engaged in a community of change. Of course, this was not true of every man there, but the fact that it can happen at all is evidence that men can change. No matter how difficult your circumstances are, remember the 6,500 men serving life sentences in Angola. If men can change there, they can change anywhere.

I Loved Robin

My first response to the news of Robin Williams’ death was, “Oh no, I loved him”. Because of the brilliance of his humor he touched me in ways that made me think I really knew him. But, of course, I didn’t. He struggled in deep, personal ways that I never knew. Other people also struggle in ways that no one knows. If you are one of those people, don’t try to go through it alone. As a psychologist, I have listened to people share some of the most painful things imaginable, but they became slightly more bearable because by sharing them with me they were no longer alone. If the loss of Robin has made you aware of how alone you feel, I know some therapists who are waiting for your call.

Forgiving Others…And Yourself

Have you been hurt? Have your hurt someone else? Then you need to know how to forgive others, and especially yourself. I will explain exactly how to do this on Sunday February 16, 2014 at 9:15 AM at Brentwood Presbyterian Church. You are welcome to join us, and just like forgiveness even though it’s not cheap, it’s free.