7 Bible Figures Who Struggled with Depression

26 Sep

Depression is a major problem among men in the church.

I know, because I have been there.

Unfortunately, the church community was not the solution to my depression, but it was the cause.  (Here is part of my story – PTCD – Post-Traumatic Church Disorder).

Here is an article that I found on the web concerning depression.

We rub shoulders every day with people who are desperate, hurting, and lonely. We may not even be aware of the dark road they travel. Sometimes we notice, but often we don’t. Maybe we’re too busy, preoccupied, or overwhelmed ourselves. To be honest, many days, we might be those people, the desperate, the hurting, the lonely.

Read the entire article here.

7 Bible Figures Who Struggled with Depression

Here are some other articles dealing with this difficult topic.

David - Prof 2Dr. G. David Boyd is Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip church and parents to minister to the needs of emerging adults.  He is also the Founder of the EA Network, a community designed to link those who serve emerging adults within the church.

New Song to Inspire Dads

18 Sep

As a man, if you need a little inspiration to live a life of faith – there is no greater motivation than the love we have for our children.

Here is a link to a great new song called “Be Like Me” by Finding Favour.

According to Wikipedia, Finding Favour is a contemporary Christian music band from Vidalia, Georgia. They are on the Gotee Records label, and released their first studio EP entitled Finding Favour EP on March 12, 2013. The EP has achieved positive critical reception.  

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Honestly, I found the video a cheesy, but the song is great.

Coral Ridge Elders Knew of Tullian Tchividjian’s Affair With Married Woman

14 Sep
Tullian Tchividjian

Celebrity Pastor Photo: Tullian Tchividjian

I share articles dealing with the downfall of celebrity pastors because I have seen the power of the church destroy too many good people (PTCD).  The Evangelical celebrity pastor trend is destructive, and I hope that as men we can look beyond the lure of this movement.

At least two elders at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida allegedly had knowledge that their former pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, grandson to evangelical icon Billy Graham, had engaged in an adulterous affair with a married member of his flock and advised him to keep it secret from his wife.

Reacting to a report in The Christian Post Thursday that Tchividjian was fired by Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida, after they were blindsided by his latest confession, a highly placed source informed CP Friday that the recent disclosure is really the result of a “systemic cover up” by church leaders that began two years ago.

Read the article – here!

This article reveals once again the power of these “Christian” celebrities, and how the resulting behavior is anything but Christian.

 

 

Seminary Now Offering Degree In Celebrity Pastoring – The Babylon Bee

13 Sep

I laughed so hard… you will too!

NASHVILLE, TN—Life Journey Bible College & Seminary, known for its readily attainable degrees in practical theology and missional outreach, announced its latest degree offering Friday morning: celebrity pastoring.

Seminarians wishing to attain a bachelor’s degree in being a wildly celebrated public figure within Christian culture will be asked to tackle a heavy course load packed with classes like “Shifting The Blame For Your Public Scandals To Others,” “Turning Your Forgettable Quotes Into Image Macros,” and “Finding The Right Ghostwriter.” Continue reading

Do we still believe in rape?

6 Sep

This news story has made me ask the question, “Do we still believe in rape?”

An 18-year-old accused of sexually assaulting two high school classmates is facing two years of probation despite the district attorney’s office’s recommendation of two years in prison.

PHOTO: Pictured is David Becker, 18, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.David Becker, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, was charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery, according to court documents, after an April 2 incident in which he was accused of digitally penetrating two girls who were sleeping in a bed after a house party. Becker and the alleged victims, who are not being identified, were all seniors.

You can read the rest of the article here!

Image result for brock turnerI hope that our nation still believes in rape.  Several high profile rape cases among young adults have received alarmingly light sentences.  A Stanford University student named Brock Turner received a six month sentence for what his father described as “twenty minutes of action” when he rapped an unconscious woman.

In David Becker’s case, the judge stated that “The goal of this sentence was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life, which is a college experience.”  The judge’s statement makes the assumption that all emerging adults go to college, and that college is an inherent right to young adults.

But the judge also believes that this sex offender has the right to a “normal” life.

I do believe in forgiveness and restoration.  However, I also believe in the importance of personal autonomy – which is the ability to make decisions and deal with the consequences.

Whatever lies ahead in this young man’s future (and I do hope it includes forgiveness and restoration), I do not imagine that this young man’s future will remain unaffected by his crime.  In spite of his light sentence, the social and psychological affects to his crimes will follow him for many years.

As I reflect on the judge’s assumptions and perspective, I see another viewpoint.

I am wondering about the victims.  Do his victims have the right to a “normal” life?  How will these events affect their college experience?

I am wondering about the growing number of victims from sexual crimes that fill our schools, homes, and churches.  I wonder if their stories are slowly being altered.  I wonder if their cries are being muffled.  I wonder if their wounds are bleeding anew.

I hope that our society can still see the benefit of morality.  In a world where sexual bondage is presented as appropriate (50 Shades of Gray) and where we promote and glorify the connection between sex and power, I hope we can find the God-ordained purpose of sex.

I hope that in this darkness, we can remove sex from the obsession it has become in our society and realize that sex will never fulfill us.

I hope that we still believe in rape.

 

David - Prof 2Dr. G. David Boyd is the manager of EA Resources, and the Founder of the EA Network, a network for those who minister to emerging adults.

 

 

 

How Evangelicals are Losing an Entire Generation – by Amy Gannett

30 Aug

I want to share this article because I have seen many Millennials who love the church, and work within it say a hearty “Amen” to what the article states.

Do not let your political bias, turn you off from what the writer is stating.  This is not a post that is intended to change votes.  It is a post that is intended to change Evangelicalism.  Don’t worry if you are not an evangelical.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what the word means – (many who claim to be one actually don’t know).  Regardless of the religious path you take, you can see why Millennials are questioning and blazing new trails.

Here is the entire article, and find out why.

8DU3KE91FPThis morning I want to throw in the towel.

The morning hustle began as it always does on Friday mornings. I walked the dog, drank the coffee, cleaned the kitchen, and headed for the shower. My phone in my hand, I checked Twitter (you know, because I’m current and all). Usually, my Twitter feed is a conglomeration of Trinitarian debates, quotes by dead theologians, and cute dog pictures. But not this morning. This morning, I had no more than opened the app on my phone and there it was: Wayne Gruedem’s endorsement of Donald Trump. Continue reading

Steele Johnson and David Boudia have faith in their diving

23 Aug

Steele Johnson and David Boudia dive in the synchronized men 10m platform during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Diving at the IU Natatorium on June 23, 2016, in Indianapolis. Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsSteele Johnson almost died on the diving platform.

In 2009, at age 12, he was practicing his favorite dive, a triple reverse somersault in a tuck position — watch for him to ace it in the men’s individual platform diving in Rio — when he cracked his skull on a concrete platform, sliced open his scalp and fell 33 feet into the pool.

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