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Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians with Mental Health Challenges

Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians with Mental Health Challenges

The church can and should be a place of refuge for those who experience mental illness. But many in our churches—from pastors to lay-leaders to the average person in the pews—feel poorly equipped to journey alongside those who live with such illnesses. Enter John Swinton’s 2020 book, Finding Jesus in the Storm.

COVID Christmas and the Wilderness of Grief

COVID Christmas and the Wilderness of Grief

The present moment finds us still in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic. We face the harsh reality that the world as we once knew it has indeed already passed. We remain unsure of what or when the world to come will arrive.  And so we now live within a liminal space between the “what was” and the “next….” How, then, are we to navigate our present circumstances as people of faith?  By entering into the wilderness of grief.

Prepare the Way for a COVID Christmas

Prepare the Way for a COVID Christmas

If you are anything like me, you are feeling a general uneasiness as we enter Advent. We’re still isolated and beginning to ponder the likelihood of a virtual (or at least socially distanced) Christmas Eve. How can we remember when we are not gathered, telling the stories of young Mary and John the Baptist? What is lost when we don’t light candles and sing Silent Night, Holy Night?