• Body Image,  Eating Disorder Recovery,  Faith,  Shame

    How Does the Church hurt those with Mental Health Issues?

    This week I had the opportunity to talk at Glenwood Church of Christ, my home church, in Tyler, Tx, about mental health needs in our community. In addition to another local therapist and local chaplain, we were asked questions and given the opportunity to discuss the issues we see in our work. We were also given the chance to share how we think the church could help those that suffer from mental illness. Specifically, what does the church do that hurts and how can the church help? What a wonderful, much needed conversation! I wanted to share some points from the discussion and continue the dialogue. What does the church…

  • Faith,  Shame

    SufferingandGodsGoodness

    I have to speak out. I have to speak these words. Especially now. You see, I have this issue. I have an issue with God’s goodness. Because His goodness isn’t my goodness. Like, it’s not goodness on my terms. And that’s hard to swallow. BUT I love Him and I believe HE IS GOOD.  I think we’ve got it wrong. We believe our definition of goodness is His definition. Its not. Its just not. Let me explain… Social media gets my goat for a lot of reasons, but probably the number one reason is the misrepresentation of the Christian life. I can’t tell you how many pictures I see of…