Mental Illness

Discovering God’s Purposes in Mental Illness

Discovering God’s Purposes in Mental Illness

Is it possible that God might be using mental health concerns as an instrument for bringing about the salvation of those affected? What if God plans to use someone’s mental health condition…or the condition of a loved one as the means of connecting them with individuals and churches positioned to introduce them to the Gospel?

Traditional churches and the mental health system…Irreconcilable differences?

Traditional churches and the mental health system…Irreconcilable differences?

Can the church and the mental health system work together? And sadly, I'm coming to suspect the answer to that question is NO...so long as that church adheres to traditional church teaching and Biblical interpretation of texts addressing human sexuality.

Why church is difficult for persons on the high end of the autism spectrum

Why church is difficult for persons on the high end of the autism spectrum

We need churches committed to welcoming children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum of typical to high intelligence and affording them opportunities for using their considerable gifts and talents to advance the mission of the church.

Mental illness didn’t cause the church shooting in Texas

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. 

"A gateway drug to the devil"

"A gateway drug to the devil"

A young wife and teacher nearly ends up dead after following the counsel of a pastor and his wife to stop taking psychiatric medications that were helping her to lead a productive life. This is spiritual abuse.

Why the church doesn't "get" mental illness

Why the church doesn't "get" mental illness

I suspect that much of the church's struggle to "get" mental illness, and in turn to minister effectively and compassionately with persons with mental illness is rooted in our understanding of how much control we have over our thoughts and our behavior.

 

What if Mom is depressed?

What if Mom is depressed?

Isn't it possible, if not likely that God uses afflictions such as depression to draw those he loves into a closer relationship with him. The church should help persons suffering from depression through pointing them to Christ and demonstrating Christ's love for them in tangible ways.

Is past experience of church a barrier for persons with mental illness and their families?

Is past experience of church a barrier for persons with mental illness and their families?

I suspect that past experiences of church may be a major barrier to current church involvement for many adults with a history of mental illness or parents of children or teens with significant mental health conditions.

The false gospel and mental illness

The false gospel and mental illness

We need to reject the false gospel that the outcome of our efforts to obtain relief from the burden of mental illness for ourselves or our loved ones hinges not on our efforts to heal ourselves, but on God's mercy and grace. We also need to recognize that the ongoing presence of mental illness in ourselves, our friends and our family members may not be a barometer of faithfulness so much as a necessary step in the fulfillment of God's purposes.