Open and Closed Competitive Environments

Should debate cases and flows be shared with others?


My publishing company and ministry train debaters throughout the United States in three different leagues. There are two methodologies out there: OPEN and CLOSED. The former is definitely better than the latter.

Once you run a case in a round, consider the whole world knows about it.

Debate in New Braunfels

I road-tripped to Texas for an awesome debate tournament

Two coaches + 15 kids = road trip to Texas! I was the tournament photographer, too, for the NB500 Speech and Debate Tournament in New Braunfels. Check out my favorite photos…

Selfie with the winners of Lincoln-Douglas debate!

The Shack Is About Trauma, not the Trinity

Theological explanations mean little, and they miss an important message

For those who have experienced trauma, The Shack (the novel and now movie) is a profound story that has extreme power to heal. But to some, The Shack is heresy and evil. Let me explain the conflict between the two.

The Shack is a run-away bestseller that attempts to explain how God is with us through our pain.

Fake News Is About Deception

Journalists aren't void of opinions; the problem is dishonesty

Mixing “fake news” into your media intake is like watching a nasty debate round. To me—a teacher of debate and persuasion—it’s obvious what Fake News is, how it is used to manipulate you, and how it may be overcome.

Manipulation: Most of us know of CNN’s attempt to manipulate the Clinton/Sanders debates by giving this question to Hillary ahead of the town hall debate.

How to Get to Camp for Free

There are so many discounts from the base cost, it is a steal

I am hosting the Training Minds Debate Camp in July, arguably the best collection of coaches and students in the nation. Our record speaks for itself. I price the camp high, but digging into the offers available to students, you may be able to attend for free. Let me explain.

Flow Your Ideas

At Training Minds Debate Camp, we help students understand how to flow their arguments, essentially learning how to think.

I Never Debated in High School

Sometimes the most successful aren't "the experts"

I’ve been coaching debate since 1995. I’ve had literally thousands go through my programs and study my materials. I’m very proud of the champions who have succeeded under my coaching watch. But I have a secret to tell you: I never debated in high school.

I’m pictured in the center with Dr. Chris Leland (champion coach of CCU debate team) and Scott York (founding president of Stoa Debate League).