Posts in Church
3 Reasons We Don’t Go to Church When We’re Feeling Discouraged

A few years ago, I participated in a local community health symposium to specifically address the Church’s response to those struggling with deep emotional and mental discouragement, even crossing into mental health conditions. Several questions emerged regarding experiences within the Church when we’re feeling overwhelmed. With fresh insights and forward-thinking hope, here are three important questions that were asked, how I answered them and some encouragement from the discussion…

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5 Tips To Help Someone Feeling Overwhelmed and Discouraged

Learning to provide comfort and encouragement for those who are experiencing dark days can be challenging. We are told that the “ministry of presence” (just being there) for others is what they need . . . but how does that work, practically?

Whether as a church leader, parent, spouse, friend, or in any role serving others, we all could use simple tips on how to have a ministry of presence and comfort.

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The Beauty of Community

You may remember a scene in the movie Chariots of Fire where Eric Liddell says, “Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins, God’s love is still working!” In 2012, I really wondered about the ruins and wondered what God could or would do…

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You Are Not Trapped by Your Mental Health Difficulties

I’m going to guess that you’re like me and at some point in your life, you have found yourself saying, “If only I’d known then what I know now!” I can say that about being diagnosed with mental illness. Receiving a mental health diagnosis can be devastating – at least it was for me. 

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How Churches Can Aid in Disaster Recovery

I will never forget my first day back in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I remember sobbing as I toured my beloved city seeing devastation that I never dreamed possible. On that day, I had no hope that our city would recover. However, as most people now know, New Orleans not only has and is recovering but, in many ways, has become a healthier place than before the storm happened.

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4 Beacons of Growth after Trauma

Trauma.  What comes to mind when you hear that word?  Do you instantly think of PTSD?  Post-traumatic stress disorder: the debilitating effect that trauma can have on an individual.  We now freely accept the fact that the impact of trauma is insidious, pervasive, life-changing and enduring.

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6 Reasons Why Depression and Anxiety are Not Weak Faith or Sin

“This scripture almost sounds like James is addressing ‘weak faith’ (ask the elders to pray for you) as well as sin as a possible culprit (confess your sins…be healed). So, how does this scripture relate to someone dealing with mental health difficulties or disorders?"

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