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Unsatisfied: A Sneak Peek at My Brand-New Book!

Back in my preteen and teenage years, I first found I just couldn’t buy into some of the prevailing stories I often heard repeated in my broader Christian community. These messages were too simple, too neat in their claims—including the claim that Christians should be happier than everyone else, fearless, and consistently radiant in our […]

Guest Post: Living in the Aftermath of Suicide

I’m pleased to bring you this guest post by my friend Al Hsu. Al is an author and an editor responsible for bringing many great books into being (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about him and his work). He’s also a survivor of a loved one’s death by […]

Who’s in Your Spiritual Family?

If you know anything about me and my most common writing topics, you know my family of origin has seen our share of rough times. Severe mental illness, along with its attendant hardships, is capable of disrupting every aspect of family life, including connections between family members. I’m familiar with those disruptions, and I’m thankful […]

Grace for the Afflicted: A Book Review

I’ve been looking forward to posting this review of Matthew Stanford’s revised and expanded book. I first read this book when I was writing Troubled Minds, and I found it to be a very solid, informative, thoughtful work. I’m glad Stanford and InterVarsity Press have worked to update it because it was first published in […]

Q&A: How Can I Ask My Church for Help with Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Your (Small) Community Can Change the Narrative on Mental Illness

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Wichita, Kansas, to speak at a banquet celebrating and supporting HopeNet, a nonprofit organization that has brought hope to Wichita for more than 25 years. HopeNet provides counseling services at reduced rates (based on income level) for as little as $15 per session. The organization also offers spiritual direction, […]

Video Post: Mental Illness—Churches Are Responding

I write and talk a lot about what we need to do to respond to the needs of people with mental illness. I frequently point out what churches can start doing or do better. But some churches and ministry organizations are doing good work here, or hosting catalytic conversations. So I wanted to take a […]

Think Beauty and Artistry Aren’t Important? Think Again.

“It doesn’t matter.” I feel troubled whenever I hear a fellow Christian say something like this about beauty, creativity, or quality. I’ll admit a good portion of my distress comes from the clash it presents with my personal values: each of these words appears high on the list of what matters to me. And if […]

Guest Post: Can We Train up a Child not to Ditch Church?

Here’s another post from my friend Janelle Alberts (you can read more about her and her work at the end of this post). Janelle is a writer who equips Christian parents to raise their kids with faithful confidence. I hope you’ll enjoy reading her tips on keeping kids engaged with the church.   We’ve all […]

How to Be a Culturally Relevant Church

As someone who’s been in and around churches for my whole life, I have seen more than a few church fads come and go. I’ve seen four generations wield influence and felt the seismic shifts each time the concerns of a new generation become paramount. But some things don’t change all that much. And in […]

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