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.Read More
“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?"Read More
My wife, Nancy, and I were married in 1971, I was diagnosed with a mental illness (bipolar disorder) in 1979 and my wife is my number one support-giver. It has been a privilege for my wife and me to co-facilitate mental health small groups for over seventeen years.Read More
Our son was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22, but it wasn’t until he turned 34 that he was able to accept the diagnosis and receive treatment. During the twelve years of his struggle with untreated mental illness, God taught me deep truths about how to keep believing in His light where there is only darkness, and trusting in His goodness when there is only pain. Here are just three of the lessons…Read More
Have you ever stopped to consider the challenges that teens with common mental health conditions might encounter in fully participating in the activities and programs offered by the typical church?Read More
When was the last time you felt really hungry?
You probably didn’t think about what was happening in your body, but you certainly experienced the symptoms. Your brain, which monitors the hormone levels and nutrients in your bloodstream, recognized it was time for a refill. Your hypothalamus—your body’s control room—put out a general alert and started telling you eat. Your stomach felt empty, you started feeling pangs and might have heard some growling sounds. As your body worked hard to get your attention, you began thinking about food.Read More
What does the "God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles" look like as we journey through mental health challenges? While I don't claim to know the fullness of comfort, here are a couple of ideas of what comfort can mean for us and how to comfort others.Read More
"WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST" - 1 CORINTHIANS 2:16
What does it mean to have the MIND of Christ, but struggle with a MENTAL illness? Let's review four keys to discover an encouraging Biblical perspective that relates to depression, anxiety, and other mental health stressors.Read More
If you are reading this article then most likely you have a passion, burden or possibly a curiosity about mental health and the role the church can play in effectively caring for those affected by a mental health disorder.
The following are a few reasons why I got involved and took action to launch mental health support groups at our church.Read More