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Category Archives: Controversies
Courage in Pursuit of Our Callings
I’d like to say a few things publicly that need to be said by someone in my profession with my background and experience. Somebody needs to go first. My hope is it will be easier for others to speak if they know they’re not alone. Continue reading
Medical Mistrust in the Evangelical Community
Expressions of medical mistrust in the evangelical community appear very similar to those observed in other minority groups. Continue reading
Posted in Controversies, COVID-19 Tagged COVID-19, Disability, evangelicals, marginalization, medical mistrust, Vaccines 1 Comment
99% of Protestant pastors – churches are welcoming to persons with disabilities
The claims made by pastors in this study are VERY inconsistent with the experiences of our Key Ministry team and other like-minded ministries Continue reading
Disability ministry and the coronavirus
We might look at this crisis as presenting a great opportunity to share the love of Christ with the disability community during a time of need while showing families who are already part of the church the extent to which they are cared for and valued. Continue reading
The trial of Dr. Josephson
It’s ironic that at a time when Christians are becoming more open and accepting of welcoming and including persons with mental illness, the mental health field (and academic medicine, in particular) seems to be growing less and less tolerant of colleagues with a Christian anthropology or worldview. Continue reading
Are kids from devoutly Christian families with same-sex attraction at higher risk of suicide?
In the absence of any data supporting an association between traditional religious beliefs and increases in suicidal thinking or behavior in children and adolescents, suggesting an ethical mandate exists to influence kids with same-sex attraction to leave their places of worship for more “affirming” congregations or suggesting parents need to “process their religious commitments in light of evidence-based recommendations” is extremely premature at best, demonstrates an extraordinary lack of cultural sensitivity and ignores the ways in which spiritual formation and church attendance may help mitigate the increased risk of suicidal behavior among sexual minority youth. Continue reading
Posted in Controversies, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged adolescents, churches, families, religion, research, same-sex attraction, stigma, suicide 3 Comments
The sexual revolution, our kids and suicide…a new look
Suicidal thinking and the severity of suicidal behavior are HIGHLY correlated with sexual activity in teens. Continue reading
Mental illness and violence…What does the data say?
If we could eradicate all mental illness, we would reduce acts of violence by approximately 4%. Continue reading
Posted in Controversies, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged homicide, mental illness, school shootings, stigma, suicide, violence 3 Comments
Mental illness didn’t cause the church shooting in Texas
EVIL is the root cause of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and the shootings in churches in rural Texas, Nashville, and several years ago, at an historically African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. As a society, we seek to minimize the existence of evil because recognition of evil threatens our shared delusion that any absolute standard of right and wrong exists. Continue reading