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Beautiful Trauma?

P!nk's hit song "Beautiful Trauma" hit the airwaves in fall 2017, right as I was taking a graduate course on trauma, including theoretical, clinical, and pastoral perspectives on trauma and recovery. Intrigued by the pop song's title, I've wondered ever since its release: Can trauma be beautiful? If so, how? To which my initial response… Continue reading Beautiful Trauma?

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cultural issues, mental health & wellness

Everyone’s talking about suicide…

and I hope we know some things about how to talk about it. Seriously, the prevalence of this topic in culture, media, social media, and just my own life this week has been astounding. The passing of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain this week have been attributed to suicide. In the midst of that, a CDC… Continue reading Everyone’s talking about suicide…

mental health & wellness, ministry, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Get Up and Eat: A Sermon on Depression

As Mental Health Month draws to an end...here's a sermon on depression that I offered toward the end of my preaching class Fall 2017. I don't suppose it's perfect, but I do believe it reflects something of God, God's Word, and God's activity in my life. *** A reading from 1 King 19:1-8. “Ahab told… Continue reading Get Up and Eat: A Sermon on Depression

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Encouragement

It's funny what power encouragement can have when we let it. At least for me, encouragement has the potential to light a spark that keeps my fire (of faith and of creativity) going for quite a while. I don't usually stop and meditate on the topic of encouragement, but Kate Rademacher, author of the memoir… Continue reading Encouragement

cultural issues, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual

Podcasts: Top 10

I never thought I'd say this, but I love podcasts. In recent months and years, there seems to have been an accelerating boom of podcasts, including numerous that align with my interests -- and the purposes of this blog -- centering around faith and/or mental health. Here's my current favorites, in alphabetical order because I can… Continue reading Podcasts: Top 10