If someone says they have depression, please take them seriously

I saw this tweet the other day and would like to respond to it.  The background to the tweet is that the pastor concerned had a high celebrity profile due to Justin Bieber attending his church. Sadly, as with so many pastors over the years behind the public persona was something different and his marriageContinue reading “If someone says they have depression, please take them seriously”

Pastors get depression too

I want to share with you the results of a little survey I did via twitter. It is important to emphasise that these twitter polls don’t count as scientific surveys with appropriate proportions of people and adjustments. Therefore, the percentages are a little meaningless. So, what I’d encourage you to do is to look pastContinue reading “Pastors get depression too”

What drives false teachers, bullies and abusers?

False teachers also tend to be bullies and abusers. The reverse is also true, abusers and bullies tend to be false teachers if they happen to be involved in church life and leadership. There are a couple of reasons for this. First of all, false teaching is itself a form of spiritual abuse, secondly falseContinue reading “What drives false teachers, bullies and abusers?”

Demons

Last Sunday, I preached on Jesus casting out demons. I highlighted three points in reference to this. Demon possession is possible today though I suspect rarer than in Jesus’ day Christians cannot be demon possessed because we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit The demon exorcisms in the Gospel help us to understand the widerContinue reading “Demons”

The role of Scripture in treating mental health issues

I have read reports recently from people experiencing “Christian counselling” for mental health issues where this amounted to giving them a few bible verses to read and memorise.  So, I thought I would outline a few reflections around this. The first thing to say is that this is sometimes described as Biblical Counselling.  However, thisContinue reading “The role of Scripture in treating mental health issues”

Healthy online

Healthy online Being in lockdown has probably escalated the amount of time many of us spend on social media. In many respects the advent of Facebook, Twitter Instagram etc has made communication so much easier when people are apart. However, being online is not always safe and not always healthy.  In today’s Afternoon Tea discussionContinue reading “Healthy online”

Living through a lengthy lockdown -facing the emotional challenges

Below is our latest Afternoon Tea conversation.  The key points from the discussion were Our experience of lockdown may feel very similar to a grieving process The following 7 stages of grieving have been identified SHOCK & DENIAL- You will probably react to learning of the loss with numbed disbelief. … PAIN & GUILT- …Continue reading “Living through a lengthy lockdown -facing the emotional challenges”

Facing Depression (The videos)

A lot of people struggle with emotional health issues. There is a good chance that either you or someone close to you has, or is going to face depression at some point.  I wanted to share some helps for those who are either struggling with anxiety depression or are walking with someone who is depressed.Continue reading “Facing Depression (The videos)”

Resources for facing depression

In this post I wanted to provide a quick round up of suggested resources for people struggling with emotional health issues. Because as I mentioned here, depression and emotional health is multi-faceted, you will want to look at a range of helps responding to both the spiritual and physical dynamics involved. I will also tryContinue reading “Resources for facing depression”

Anxiety in a Time of Coronavirus

For those struggling with anxiety, the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will be a particularly challenging time.  Here, we wanted to share some thoughts and advice that we hope you will find helpful. First of all, just as if you were suffering from physical symptoms of illness, we would encourage you to seek appropriateContinue reading “Anxiety in a Time of Coronavirus”