Depression 101 for Pastors
Apr23

Depression 101 for Pastors

I visited a church this morning on my home church quest at the recommendation of a trusted relative. And it took a lot of internal strength not to get up and leave in the middle of the sermon. The pastor had the audacity to say that if you have depression you’re putting your emotions ahead of the Holy Spirit.  That if you wanted to really follow Christ, you needed to work to put the Spirit ahead of your emotions.   This, of...

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Why Now, Pastor Piper?
Jan20

Why Now, Pastor Piper?

Anyone who knows me for any length of time knows that I think very highly of Pastor John Piper and have been a student of his writings and teachings.  I’m not prone to “Pastor Worship” so I won’t say I hold him up as some kind of idol but when I have a theological question Piper is one of the men whose writings and thoughts I will read and consider in prayer. That’s why I’m writing this post.  His...

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The Friend Zone Shows What’s Wrong with Dating
Dec07

The Friend Zone Shows What’s Wrong with Dating

If you are one of the 3 or 4 people on the planet unfamiliar with the Friend Zone, it’s when a man or woman (USUALLY a man) has a romantic desire for a friend of the opposite sex and that friend, while they like you, don’t see you as “romantic” material. And I’m coming to realize that what gets put into the Friend Zone is highlighting just about all that’s bad about being single in America and...

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Trying To Break Through
Dec05

Trying To Break Through

The battle of depression is something that is more than just “do something that makes you feel good.” One thing that I’ve fought over the years is one of the items that contributes to my feeling depressed is that I wanted to have something that is an output of my mind and creativity that is accepted in some way by peers.  Now, I get some of this through my job.  However, journalism is not fantasy or fiction, and...

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Thanksgiving and the Middle-Aged Single Christian
Nov22

Thanksgiving and the Middle-Aged Single Christian

Holidays are hard on single people. And they’re hard on single Christians. I’ve been visiting a church in the Collierville area for the last few weeks.  It had impressive so far, although today I had two things that kind of bothered me. The first was the pastor calling poor people “under-resourced families.”  I now have concerns that this man who is supposed to be a pastor in line with the Gospel Coalition is...

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Moist Depression
Oct30

Moist Depression

Most of you who have followed my blogs over the years know of my struggle with clinical depression.  Most of you who knew me long before the blogs know I should have dealt with it LONG before I finally broke down and accepted help for it! The important thing is that about four years ago I finally dealt with it.  Anti-depressant, counseling, the whole kit and caboodle. Over the years, I’ve developed a number of coping mechanisms...

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