A Christian who has attempted to avoid, smooth out, or hide from every imperfection in their life becomes removed and isolated, divorced from the purpose of their being. [Click title to read more.]
Aren't we supposed to be the calm ones? [Click title to read more.]
Despite what television tells us, Christmas needn't look any one particular way. The only thing that Christmases need share is a recognition of the glory in Luke 2:14, the miracle about which angels sang. [Click title to read more.]
There's a pernicious myth that a worrying Christian, a scared Christian, or a fearful Christian, is somehow inauthentic or faithless. [Click title to read more.]
Our culture rarely deals intimately with death any more: we have cordoned it off, confined it to funeral homes and hospitals, done everything to keep it separate from us as we try to think up ways and means to evade the inevitable ourselves. But it wasn't always that way. And I suspect that in the interim, something has been lost.
The church has a role to play in our culture's understanding of suicide and of depression - as a place of healing, we have something to give. As a practical matter, and because of my own experiences, I felt inspired to offer some tips on how to address the way we talk (or don't) about mental illness and depression in our own congregations and, by extension, to minister to the families of those who have taken their own lives. [Click title to read more.]
I pray for the congregation at Emanuel AME Church and those near and dear to them; still, I am shamed that a time of tragedy is what prompts me to pray and to remember the larger Christian family that exists beyond the borders of my community. [Click title to read more.]