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.
For Thought Leadership to be effective, it must address difficult topics with skill, clarity, and humility. It seeks to be winsome and speak the truth in love.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The use of non-disclosure agreements by Christian ministries has come under scrutiny due to their misuse in covering up financial and sexual scandals. I wonder what Jesus would think about the use of non-disclosure agreements in the church today?
I know that it might sound strange, but sometimes gallows humor can empower abuse survivors and others to manage the stress of a seemingly hopeless situation
Deadly silence. That is the sound heard in many churches when faced with emotional abuse, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. I know there are exceptions. Some churches are intentionally reaching out and ministering to survivors. But… Read More »DEADLY SILENCE OF THE CHURCH ON ABUSE: 5 SINFUL EXCUSES.
“DO JUSTICE LOVE MERCY. ” You may have heard the phrase at a protest rally or church or seen it on a t-shirt or billboard. You may have heard heated arguments concerning its meaning and application in… Read More »Understanding The Truth Of Micah’s 6:8 “Do Justice Love Mercy.”
I gave my first American Red Cross donation of blood at the start of the pandemic in 2020 and experienced the six principles of care for the first time. I realized there might be a… Read More »6 Principles of care learned from an American red cross donation
I have met many people who felt it was their obligation to blurt out an uncomfortable truth but few who could skillfully speak the truth in love.
I have been struggling with how to give to others on a limited income. It saddens me that the amount and frequency of my giving have declined with a shrinking income. Maybe you feel the same.
Dear Pastor, It’s Monday, and you need to laugh at yourself, your congregation, and your critics. I know that you probably taught a mid-week Bible study, led a finance committee meeting, counseled a young couple,… Read More »Dear Pastor, it’s Monday, and you need to laugh.