There is a stigma surrounding mental illness since it is something that is difficult to measure, and this keeps people from seeking and receiving help when they need it most. When it comes to mental health in the United States, our system is broken.
Even in secular contexts, people of faith can work together to encourage or discourage warfare. As violence has escalated in Israel and Gaza, an international campaign for peace has been launched, involving Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
I thought Rick Warren got it right when he called mental illness "torture." As a therapist, I've listened to many people speak about the depths of despair and depression and the lengths they were willing to go to find some relief.
Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours I've seen both individuals and news outlets posting speculations about Rick Warren, his son and their relationship, with what I perceive to be an attempt at figuring out what went wrong. This is an awful but real human impulse.
By creating welcoming threshold places and training members to practice good Christian hospitality, congregations can help people to feel comfortable as they move from the outside world to the inside of the church for the very first time.
If the church is the body of Christ, then the mega-church is a body on steroids... For a church to become that abnormally large it has to make use of such artificial means that it actually ceases to be a healthy church model.
Republicans who tolerate their party's platform calling for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage should be reminded of a similar constitutional amendment to prohibit interracial marriage.