How Prayer Can Help You with Despair

How Prayer Can Help You with Despair

Prayer is an antidote to despair. Notice I didn’t suggest a promise about depression I can’t guarantee? Truthfully, prayer is not much of an antidote to depression because mostly it’s just not. Working with depression is a reminder of how chronic it can be and how...

When Anxiety Pulls Your Focus Off of God

What do you do when stress escalates, becoming distress? How about when you feel the white-hot anxiety burn? A husband feels discounted by his wife’s superior intellect so he becomes overly assertive, even slightly aggressive in his posture and mannerisms. A...

Vocational Ministry Takes Toll on Many Ministers

The church is my people, and in the depth of my being I believe the church is the best hope for the world. I gladly take my place in the imperfect, idiosyncratic, international family called the church. I also know that serving her is not for the faint of heart. A lot...

5 Dangerous Paths for Ministers Under Pressure

How quickly our conversations can go from theoretical to all-too-real. I spent a rewarding Wednesday in Tennessee recently on a retreat with 45 ministers and staff members thinking through the unique and profound pressures of ministry in the 21st century. We agreed...