Mental Illness and the Manger 

We are doing something new for our family this year. Thanks to a gift from my son’s Godmother, for each day of Advent, my six year old is hearing parts of the Christian story. Recently, the tiny ornament sized book titled “The Manger” told about the time long ago when a kind innkeeper led aContinue reading “Mental Illness and the Manger “

When Your Pastor’s Spouse Has a Mental Illness 

The predominate culture in Christian communities of shame and silence about mental illness leads to unnecessary suffering. Today I’m particularly mindful of the stresses on pastors and their families. Christmas and the weeks leading up to it are (apart from Holy Week and Easter) the most stressful times for pastors and their families. Speaking fromContinue reading “When Your Pastor’s Spouse Has a Mental Illness “

Why Prayer Comes First

A bomb. A suicide bomber. A suicide. A horrific, terrible something happens. And people shaped by religious traditions often respond first with prayer. This first response of prayer to bad news is not an isolated act, but often the first of many acts in the face of an unknown future. The fact that religious people oftenContinue reading “Why Prayer Comes First”