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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 […]

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 […]

Americans Are Both Less and More Religious–Your Thoughts?

Americans are becoming less religious, and religious Americans are staying committed. That’s one general finding from a study by Pew Research Center, released this month. While the “nones” (those who affiliate with no organized religious group) are growing in numbers and waning in religious practice, those who do affiliate with a religious group are maintaining […]

Make Peace with Powerlessness

We call it hashtag activism: the arms-length identification with a cause or a person, using social media. The kind of involvement that doesn’t require much and typically doesn’t accomplish much. Among the most impotent examples was the phenomenon around #BringBackOurGirls. In April of 2014, when 276 female students were kidnapped during the night, taken from […]

Hayden Panettiere’s Treatment Shows Cultural Progress–How About the Church?

The headline is far less surprising than our cultural reaction: Hayden Panettiere, TV star and fairly new mom, entered treatment last week for postpartum depression. And no one seems to find it funny. This is great news. Granted, admitting to postpartum depression is different from publicly displaying symptoms of untreated mental illness, which presents more […]

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