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Remember, Mental Illness Doesn’t Tell the Full Story

In the history of this world, no one has told more lies than the father of lies himself. But mental illness plays a close second. Earlier this week, Irish singer Sinead O’Connor posted a video on Facebook, claiming she was alone in a hotel room in New Jersey, she was without support, and everyone she […]

Stressed-Out Young People Need to Hear Your Stories

A few years ago, a study revealed the youngest generations of adults in America are also the most stressed. In one sense, this is no big surprise, given the economic and social factors influencing quality of life and near-future prospects for Millennials—adults ages 13 to 35—and for Gen Xers, whose scores are virtually tied with […]

Can We Gain the Whole World Wide Web without Losing Our Souls?

A few years ago, we learned the people of Sweden were the “best” in the world at using the Internet. At least, that was the claim of a five-year study conducted by the World Wide Web Foundation. What does it mean to be “best” at using the Internet? It’s an interesting question in light of […]

The Good News about New Brain Disorders

So do you ever wonder if our fast-paced, hyper-connected, screen-loving, image-flooded society is taking a toll on us? It sure is, and not just in the most obvious ways like increasing stress, sleeplessness, and injuries like “gamer’s thumb.” The digital age is requiring our brains to make new and rapid adaptations, and some of these […]

Fort Lauderdale, the Law, and Love

I recently wrote an article for the blog at Evangelicals for Social Action, and while I typically don’t post partial articles here, I wanted to do it this time because the topic is timely and the mental health connection is relevant to many of you. You can start reading the article here, then click on […]

A Good Time for Selah

Last Thursday, two days after Election Day, I made a visit to my doctor’s office. In the elevator I said hi to a woman who had joined me for the ride. She was pushing a stroller, and inside was a sleeping newborn baby dressed in pink. I asked about the baby’s name, and she told […]

Let’s Choose Love in Fearful Times

Remember the color-coded terror threat alert system implemented by the Department of Homeland Security after September 11? Each color represented a different threat level; the greater the threat, the more vigilant citizens should be. That scale was replaced in 2011 with the National Terrorism Advisory System, which offered more specific designations and steps communities, agencies, […]

A Prayer for People Living with Mental Illness

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week in the United States. This is important because mental illness is one of those things people don’t know that much about unless they need to–either because they’re mental health professionals or because their lives have been shaken by their own illness or the struggle of someone they love. […]

Need Voting Guidance? Try “Love Your Neighbor”

If you’re like me, you’re appalled at what the 2016 election season has revealed–not just about the state of our political system, but about who we have become. And when I say “we,” I mean this fairly personally. Sure, I’m scratching my head over the foolishness of people who seek to lead our nation. But […]

One More Good Reason to Go to Church: All Those Annoying People

A lot has been said in recent years about the waning appeal of formally organized religion and its gatherings in our culture. We are nowhere near a nation of heathens, but an increasing percentage of people are giving up on religious affiliation and communal exercise, presumably because its demands (or other downsides) outweigh the benefits […]

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