All posts in Compassion and Justice

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 […]

Hope and a Future on The Last Frontier

Alaska is a place of breathtaking beauty and for some, heartbreaking everyday realities. It’s a place of extremes in weather, politics, wealth, and the human relationship with land and sea. Often romanticized as a spot where people can discover themselves and their place in the world, for some it is a place of hopelessness and […]

The Recovery-Minded Church: A Book Review

This book released earlier this year, and it’s taken me a while to get around to doing a review. But that delay does not reflect my sense of this book’s importance. In fact, because today is World Mental Health Day, I think this is a great time to recommend and review it for you. Addiction […]

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. […]

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists: Are You Referring to the Right People?

In 2014, Lifeway Research and Focus on the Family partnered on a project called “Study of Acute Mental Illness and Christian Faith.” This research project yielded many interesting and important insights into the current response to mental illness within churches, and some of their findings confirmed the results of my own (far less formal) research, […]

Q&A: How Do I Get My Loved One to Accept Help?

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 […]

Video Post: Mental Illness Doesn’t Make Anyone Marginal to God’s Plans

Please enjoy this new video post. It’s on the same theme as all my posts this Mental Health Month. And have a purpose-filled day!

Mental Health Month: Celebrating Hope and Healing in Houston

It’s May, and among other things, that means Mental Health Month is underway. This year, to mark the importance of mental health awareness and conversation, my blog will be devoted to the subject for this entire month. I want to start by telling you about a ministry that’s doing great work among people touched by […]

A Lesson in Loving People, from a Very Nice Dining Room

We stood there together, admiring the lovely table and chairs. They were high-quality pieces of furniture, solid wood and polished to a high shine. They were nothing like the cheap castoff furnishings, salvaged from curbs and left behind by previous tenants, that filled our home. “They’re antiques, family heirlooms,” our hosts told us. Both husband […]

When It Comes to People, Take the Long Route

Among the not-so-surprising news that came out last week were the most recent results of an annual survey aimed at uncovering burnout and bias among health care professionals. According to this survey, 40 percent of physicians report personal bias toward certain types of patients. Among doctors included in the survey, 62 percent admitted to bias […]

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