The pandemic at six months: Welcome to the disillusionment phase
(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
(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
(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
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
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’
“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
The son of a popular Christian author talks about his struggle to embrace his uniqueness.
Study: Drug-induced spiritual experiences help cancer patients
(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
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
A prominent pastor admits his mental health problems and battle with suicidal thoughts while encouraging struggling Christians to consider antidepressants.
Freedom from life’s hurts: An interview with Bart Millard of MercyMe
Grammy-nominated Bart Millard of “MercyMe” speaks honestly about how he’s found hope in the midst of hurts.