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The pandemic at six months: Welcome to the disillusionment phase

By Jamie Aten, Kent Annan — September 14, 2020

(RNS) — Over the last 15 years of studying disasters around the globe, two disaster experts have learned important lessons about navigating the six phases of emotional and spiritual recovery.

For anxious young adults, religion can be a wellness tool, says new study

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 10, 2019

(RNS) — A new study by the Christian research firm Barna Group suggests faith can be an asset when dealing with mental health concerns.

In ‘Seculosity,’ David Zahl traces society’s search for righteousness outside of the church

By Aysha Khan — July 17, 2019

(RNS) — You may not follow a religion, David Zahl says. But chances are your life — from your phone to your dinner plate to the way you raise your kids — is still ruled by some sort of a religious impulse.

Pastor talks of breakdown in Turkey, but also forgiveness

By Ben Finley — October 20, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — People the Brunsons had known testified against him, but Andrew Brunson said, ‘It’s not an option not to forgive; we are required to as Christians.’

Keeping the faith in an age of anxiety

By Jana Riess — July 6, 2018

Writer Rachel Marie Stone has dealt with anxiety since childhood. Sometimes her faith made it worse with a he-sees-you-when-you’re-sleeping Jesus. In her new memoir, she talks about an adult faith that calms her fearful heart and helps her shift the narrative.

Desiring God, mental health, and the truth about ‘chronological snobbery’

By Jonathan Merritt — February 16, 2018

“Thank God for psychologists and Lexapro,” writes Jonathan Merritt. “Without them, I might be dead today.”

How to love each other (and ourselves) despite our differences

By Jonathan Merritt — January 3, 2017

The son of a popular Christian author talks about his struggle to embrace his uniqueness.

Study: Drug-induced spiritual experiences help cancer patients

By Don Lattin — December 1, 2016

(RNS) ‘Many of the patients,’ a researcher observed, ‘would say something like, ‘Now I’ve experienced the death of the body, so I’m not so afraid.’ They get through it. They come out the other side.’

Why we should give kids more freedom to play — and learn

By Rachel Marie Stone — March 12, 2014

Many of us are anxious parents; inclined toward the ‘helicopter’ variety. But new research suggests overparenting, overeducating, and overworrying isn’t helping us. Time to have faith in the kids.

INTERVIEW: Megachurch pastor Perry Noble admits depression, suicidal thoughts

By Jonathan Merritt — February 27, 2014

A prominent pastor admits his mental health problems and battle with suicidal thoughts while encouraging struggling Christians to consider antidepressants.

Handling Stress God’s Way

By Jana Riess — October 19, 2013

“And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?” (Matt. 6:27)

Freedom from life’s hurts: An interview with Bart Millard of MercyMe

By Jonathan Merritt — September 17, 2013

Grammy-nominated Bart Millard of “MercyMe” speaks honestly about how he’s found hope in the midst of hurts.

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