So I work as a reporter at The Sanford Herald in Sanford, N.C., and my world was shaken yesterday. We were told there was a police-involved shooting in downtown Sanford, a few hundred yards from our office. We were waiting for more information from police. Then the news came in. I'll copy our report below: … Continue reading I’ve Looked Down That Road Too
Note: This is the continuation of a series on the idea of not giving up in different scenarios. Previous posts include entries on work and relationships. The previous posts have not had a particular audience, it can be applied generally. But my heart is for the Church, for the body of Christ. So the next two … Continue reading Don’t Give Up: Even When You’re Depressed and Anxious Like Me
So I just started watching Cheers. I'm an episode-and-a-half in as of the beginning of writing this, and I love it. The characters are fantastic, the setting is brilliant and the dialogue is snappy and funny. Maybe it's just the show, but a bar seems like a lovely place to work to me. You've got a … Continue reading Don’t Give Up: Even When Work Seems Like It Will Never End
I'm someone who likes to give up. Always have been. My mom has told me several times that when I was younger, I would start to build a block tower. If the tower collapsed, I would give up. Most kids would probably try again. But me? Nah, I'd quit. For whatever reason, I wouldn't find … Continue reading Don’t Give Up: A Series on Why You Shouldn’t Quit on Yourself
Perhaps the most common response people with anxiety and depression get from others when they bring it up is this: "Just move on. Deal with it and move on." There seems to be this expectation that, like most people, those dealing with mental disorders have some masterful ability to control their emotions. This is far … Continue reading Being ‘On Fire for God’ Isn’t Easy for Anxious and Depressed Christians Like Me.
A week or so ago, I wrote a blog post about the "ironic process theory" and how it can apply to how the Church often reacts to issues in the public sphere. An excerpt: I think we can subconsciously encourage this in Christian culture when we overload on what not to do. We think so … Continue reading Why Try to Not Do Something When You Can Intentionally Dive Into the Love of God?
If you're familiar with the Star Wars film series, you just might remember this scene in Episode VI: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcLAOcutuxs That thing in the ground with the tongue sticking out is a creature called the "sarlacc." I could go into all the background of where it came from, how it got to that hole in the ground, … Continue reading The Devastating Sarlacc Pit of Depression
John 9 is an interesting chapter of Scripture. It's dedicated solely to the story of a man born blind whom Jesus decides to heal. Verses 1-7: As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” … Continue reading Our Instabilities Aren’t Wasted. They’re Simply Magnifiers of God’s Greatness.
Unfortunately, Christianity is often known for the things we are against rather than the things we are for. Whether it be alcohol or gay marriage or profanity or secular music, we picket and protest and write Facebook statuses and start Twitter wars and YouTube comment battles over every little thing that just might offend us. … Continue reading TABOO: Don’t Talk About It! At Least Not For Too Long
One of the most devastating things that can happen to me is going to bed. Don't get me wrong: I love sleep. I love getting rested for the next day, whatever that day may bring. I love waking up refreshed. But if I go to my room, shut the door, turn off the lights and … Continue reading On My Depression, My Anxiety and Following Jesus: It’s Not Really a Contradiction