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”

Still, Small Voice 

My Facebook feed, probably like yours, recently displayed a combination of people wearing odd Thanksgiving day cloth turkey hats, smiling faces sitting around tables piled with food, Christmas trees getting decorated along with outcries about international and national terrorism and violence. But out of the hundreds of the good, bad, funny and ugly posted onContinue reading “Still, Small Voice “