“In a typical congregation of 200 adults, 50 will experience depression at some point, and at least 30 are currently taking antidepressants.” (Dan Blazer, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, in Christianity Today, March 2009). What could that mean for your church's preaching, programming, pastoral care, and congregational care?
Robin Williams was first a comedian who happened to be suffering from mental health issues. He was not trying to mask his mental illness any more than I was trying to mask my mental health illness with preaching.
My attention has been drawn by some friends to the books of Joel Rosenberg, a prolific writer of apocalyptic books from a dispensational premillennial viewpoint. These friends are all members of the CRC and I have high esteem for them. Still I wonder why they would be interested in this kind of perspective?
I raise this question because on the one hand I read in places like the Banner that this is true. But I also read in places like Calvin's Institute of Worship that convergence worship is worship of choice of young adults. How can both of these be true?
Is a national third party needed today?
It seems to me that the CRCNA through World Renew needs to become engaged in community development in North America. What do you think?
Clergy and their families are in highly visible positions and are often expected to meet numerous, and sometimes unrealistic, expectations from congregations. What could be done to prevent this?
Depression is nearly impossible to describe. I was looking for a word or phrase that captured the heart of it, and I found it in an article by Dr. John Timmerman, “At the most unexpected moments it slips people its dark poison. One scarcely notices the initial sting.
Christian ethics in business is a fertile field which needs far greater engagement by Christian churches, organizations, societies, individual Christians, and Reformed ethicists.
There are some Christian scholars who support the idea of government help for the poor.
If Graham is the model of political correctness, then I say to CRC clergy and members, "Say whatever you want. It is ok." Right?