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Tag Archives: sin
Why we can’t acknowledge the presence of evil
Too many of us don’t want to admit it because to do so, we’d have to acknowledge that there are absolute standards of right and wrong established by God and that’s not acceptable in a world in which everyone thinks they can decide that for themselves. We very much want to be in control…be the masters of our own universe.
#CharlestonShooting… Evil or mental illness?
What mental illness does is that it makes it harder for some to continue to hide from the world the evil that exists within their hearts. Continue reading
Sin, mental illness and the church…Erring on the side of grace
We need to treat persons with mental illness and their families with the same sensitivity and grace we would show to any vulnerable believer.
Posted in Advocacy, Families, Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged Biblical Counseling, church, grace, Key Ministry, mental illness, sin, Stephen Grcevich MD Leave a comment
Was Elijah depressed?
What I was most struck by in Elijah’s story was the extent to which the disconnect between his expectations and reality contributed to his feelings of hopelessness and despair. We struggle greatly when our expectations don’t meet our circumstances… Continue reading
Posted in Controversies, Depression, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged 1 Kings 19, anxiety, church, Depression, Elijah, Inclusion, Key Ministry, mental illness, sin, Stephen Grcevich MD, Was Elijah depressed? 1 Comment
An Open Letter to Pastors, Biblical Counselors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists…Mitzi VanCleve
Those of us who live with these disorders need to be ministered to from all of you. It shouldn’t be an either/or thing but rather a both/and thing. The last thing we need when we are experiencing the pain of our disorder is to be confused or made to feel guilty about where to go for help. Continue reading
Posted in Anxiety Disorders, Controversies, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged Biblical Counseling, confusion, guilt, mental illness, Mitzi Van Cleve, Panic Disorder, pastors, psychiatry, psychology, sin 3 Comments
What if medication is a tool that helps us resist sin?
Could we argue that medication (or other treatment) that enhances our ability to avoid sin or to do good might be a useful tool for the individual Christian? Further, could we argue that the decision to take medication under such circumstances is God-honoring? Continue reading
Unintended consequences…Sin, mental illness and the church
The research appears to suggest that we have a lot of people within the church who struggle with emotional distress who have been badly hurt by their interactions with pastors, church staff, counselors and the reactions of fellow believers. Clearly, there’s an established perception among the majority outside the church that those struggling with more serious or chronic mental health concerns won’t be welcome at church…and that’s a very big problem when it comes to fulfilling Christ’s command to make disciples. Continue reading
Posted in Advocacy, Controversies, Families, Hidden Disabilities, Inclusion, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged Biblical Counseling, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Brad Hambrick, church, Disability Ministry, Dr. Matthew Stanford, Ed Welch, Inclusion, Jay Adams, Key Ministry, mental illness, Nouthetic Counseling, sin, unintended consequences 3 Comments
Jay Adams and the foundations of a movement…
It’s important for our readers to understand how central Adams has been in impacting how pastors from evangelical and reformed traditions think about mental illness and pastoral counseling. Continue reading
Posted in Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, Mental Health, Strategies Tagged Biblical Counseling, Christian counseling, church, Competent to Counsel, Disability Ministry, Inclusion, Institute for Nouthetic Studies, Jay Adams, Key Ministry, mental illness, Nouthetic Counseling, sin, stigma 7 Comments
The evangelical understanding of mental illness…How Freud, Skinner, Rogers and Ellis led to Jay Adams
We’re beginning a series today on the theme Sin, Mental Illness and the Church. This study will be accompanied by a more in-depth, optional online study group (you may register here) including Bible reading/study and supplemental media to enlighten participants as … Continue reading
Posted in Controversies, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged Albert Ellis, B.F. Skinner, Biblical Counseling, Carl Rogers, church, evangelicals, Jay Adams, mental illness, Sigmund Freud, sin 3 Comments