Recently, I went through a difficult season in my Bible reading routine. What used to energize me now left me weary. The peace I had felt in God’s presence was gone, replaced by a restlessness… Read More »BIBLE READING TIPS: 5 Simple Changes to Rekindle Your Faith.
Sometimes the legal system’s pursuit of justice and the Church’s emphasis on forgiveness can cause them both to neglect the rights of victims. Give me a few minutes and I will show you what I mean.
Why are we more likely to blame the victim and give the accused the benefit of the doubt? Most of us would immediately object to this statement. We don’t favor the offender or blame the… Read More »3 Simple reasons we favor offenders and blame the victim
What is victim blaming, exactly? At first glance, it sounds like a straightforward concept. Someone is blaming the victim. This was a theoretical question for most of us until the #metoo movement began. But as… Read More »What is victim blaming? 3 things you need to know in 2023
I’ve experienced my fair share of church hurts, most resolved peacefully. But some did not and still affect my current relationships. (I am less trusting of some individuals and have my guard up in new… Read More »20 painful mistakes I’ve made in response to Church hurts
The topic of mental health and faith-based therapy is finally being discussed openly in the Church after years of silence on this issue. People are recognizing and discussing the benefits of therapy, and the social… Read More »7 best questions to ask when looking for faith-based therapy.
Why is it so difficult to talk about mental illness and faith? As a person of faith who suffers from anxiety and PTSD, I am painfully aware of the challenges of having a conversation about… Read More »Mental Illness and Faith: 3 Simple Keys to a Great Conversation
We instinctively know that we need to talk about trauma. So, we turn to our friends, family, and social circles for support when bad things happen. We ask for their assistance in making sense of… Read More »Why are we so hesitant to talk about trauma as a nation?
Do you know what a domestic violence advocate is and what they do? Many women do, but most men are blissfully ignorant unless directly impacted by it. As a man, you may think domestic violence… Read More »Domestic Violence Advocate? 7 Ways For Men To Help, Not Harm
Are you looking for Mental Health Statistics 2020/2021? Then, I have great news for you. The Wellcome Global Monitor: Mental Health report is now available. This is the world’s largest survey of how people consider… Read More »Mental Health Statistics 2020/21: global insights about improving mood
One of the unforeseen consequences of the coronavirus pandemic was the creation of the hybrid church experience. You may be wondering what a hybrid church is? A hybrid church is a blending of the in-person… Read More »THE HYBRID CHURCH: 5 PRINCIPLES TO HELP US EMBRACE THE NEW NORMAL.
I grew up with a family that was always praying for others. So, as I grew in my faith, I began to pray for others as well. Prayer is just a conversation with God. Similarly, praying… Read More »11 Practical Steps for praying for others.
Some of the church’s responses to sexual abuse by clergy have startled me. But I was surprised by the reactions of non-churchgoers as well. Maybe like me, you are reluctant to talk about the subject.… Read More »Sexual abuse by clergy: We need to confront these 10 harmful responses
My core values are significant, and writing about them has clarified how I approach life. But the real magic is reviewing and refining them periodically. In 2019, I outlined my core values and was surprised… Read More »My Core Values from 2019. Keep the Status quo or major rewrite?
Every day, it seems, there is a news article on faith deconstruction, focusing on individuals who have renounced or abandoned their Christian faith. Perhaps you, or someone you know, are going through a deep season… Read More »Faith deconstruction or reconstruction? 7 things you need to know.
Even if you’ve never written down your core values before, I can show you how to do it in less than 15 minutes. I can help you define and identify your existing core values, even… Read More »How to Easily Identify Your Core Values in 15 minutes
I’ve spent years looking for resources for church leaders involved in care ministries that addressed trauma, abuse, and mental illness. But unfortunately, the silence on these topics was almost deafening. You may have experienced the… Read More »RESOURCES FOR CHURCH LEADERS: 13 VOICES TO FOLLOW IN CARE MINISTRIES
I remember the first time someone asked for my help overcoming their fear of hospitals. We were standing outside the front entrance to the hospital, and my friend was in obvious distress. He told me… Read More »6 Stunning Principles to Overcome Your Fear of Hospitals.
We will look at five common PTSD myths that some in the Church have accepted as truth and present evidence to help us separate fact and fiction. As we debunk each untruth, I will explain… Read More »These 5 PTSD Myths Are Harming People in Our Churches.