Eric Torrence

Eric Torrence was born in the early 80s and grew up during the time of Apple 2Es, Oregon Trail, Saved by the Bell, and the birth of the internet. And from college and beyond his life can be organized around the type of cell phone he owned – large and clunky, flip and fragile, or smart and costly. Eric is a Millennial who loves discussing culture, leadership, faith, and life’s biggest questions. He currently serves as an associate pastor over small groups at Chase Oaks Church. Prior to going into ministry, he worked for a public policy research institution and a political consultant. He earned his undergraduate in Communications at UCLA and a Masters in Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Eric is married to his wonderful wife Amy and just welcomed their first child into the world, a son named Benjamin. He currently lives in Dallas Texas.

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Pushing Past the Fear of Looking Stupid

There’s a fear we all share, more frightening than FOMO. How do you cope when you face the fear of looking stupid? Here are 3 things to keep in mind.

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Fighting Analysis Paralysis

While I have always been an over-thinker, there are some moments or seasons where this tendency is on hyper-drive. Sometimes it is late at night, where I find myself doing play-by-play on the events of the day, wondering if I handled everything right. Other times it happens when I am facing a difficult decision and…

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Seven Ways to Stand Out in 2017

What would it take to make 2017 a remarkable year? What would it look like for this year (and even for us) to stand out in a significant way over the next 12 months? Sometimes we think standing out means making a viral video, achieving celebrity status, or doing something crazy to get noticed. However,…

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The Lost Art of Anticipation

Every Christmas morning, my dad had a rule: no presents till after 6:30 a.m. Looking back at it today, that seems very reasonable; but when I was six, it was exasperating. Inevitably, I would wake up at 4:30 a.m., unable to go back to sleep. Two excruciating hours later, my brother and I would run…

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When Labels Lie

It is not a good time to be a pollster. Up until Tuesday, November 8, the presidential election felt less like an expression of democracy and more like a sporting event, complete with quarter by quarter updates on who was “up” and by how much. We even had a probability percentage on the likelihood of…

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Surviving Chaotic Seasons

I’m in a strange season of life right now. Four months ago we welcomed a little boy into the world and into our family. We also have a two year old toddling all around the house. Oh, and I noticed I have a few gray hairs popping up. I think that’s completely unrelated, though. Two…

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The Importance of a Daily Defrag

I remember my first computer like it was yesterday. It was a Christmas morning gift – a bulky Christmas gift at that. I remember how that big, beautiful, and extremely heavy monitor whirred like an airplane engine as it powered on. I remember how a black screen would suddenly come to life with strange combinations…

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3 Ways to Honor Your Organization’s Past

HGTV’s House Hunters is television comfort food. The formula is always the same, which is strangely soothing. An individual or a couple looks for a home, they have a budget (and expectations for that home that far exceed that budget), are presented three choices of residences, and come to a happy ending. The only variable…

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How to Ask Better Questions

One of the most important skills of a leader is the ability to ask great questions. While some people’s leadership style is better characterized by an exclamation mark (“Look at me!” or “Do this!”), the greatest influencers shape their leadership around the question mark – they know what to ask and when to ask it….

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Why You’re Never Too Old For Cookie Monster

Earlier this year, Apple aired a commercial that starred Cookie Monster, the blue treat-craving monster who is a mainstay on Sesame Street. I remember it popping up on my Facebook feed because I watched it, re-watched it, and then watched it again, each time laughing more and more. There’s nothing complicated about the ad. Cookie…

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The Good Kind of Overwhelmed

A few weeks ago as I was leaving work, I looked up and saw a strange, ominous, and darkening skyline. While thunderstorms aren’t unusual for Dallas, this one was different. Shooting up thousands of feet into the air was a fearsome thunderhead. Underneath it, a strange, turquoise glow emanated from a lower band of clouds…

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Repetition

Repetition has a bad rap. It’s not hard to see why. If your childhood was like my childhood, at some point you had to write lines as a form of punishment. There were more than a few afternoons spent writing, “I will not hit my brother,” one hundred times, or longer depending on the severity…

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