If you or someone you love is trying thinking about cutting down or getting off their medication, take it from me, its hard work. And remember that there is probably a good reason why you got on the medication in the first place.
I still believe in Mission Trips. Just as long as we get clear on what the Mission is. A 21st Century mission trip should feel more like a mini study abroad program. Service Learning is what they call it in non-Christian circles. But like most things, churches have stuck with the old – and albeit … Continue reading We Still Need Mission Trips – We Just Need a New Mission
Most kids don’t know the difference between a Social Conservative and Democratic Socialist. But they do know what hate is. And when they hear us declaring our hate for the a politician we see on TV, our the kids figure out pretty quick that the person you hate is someone that you disagree with. So when we say,“I HATE Hilary or Trump or whoever it is you hate” Our kids hear, “I hate people who disagree with me.”
With the speed of the 24 hour news machine it feels like all too often human lives are reduced to talking points. Instead of trying to untangle complex human stories, journalist and talking heads take one look at a news story and process the days news through their pre-existing narratives. So I wondered what Cable News would have done to Jesus. How would they have covered Jesus’ final days in Jerusalem. This is how I imagine it would have gone.
If we are going to overcome a nearly constant barrage of negative images about black Americans – from Disney to the nightly news – we are going to need to be intentional about consuming media that portrays black Americans as amazing, loving, and inspiring humans.
The unfortunate truth I came to was: when the conditions are wrong, depression will set in. So I might as well plan for it. So I tried to made a realistic plan to get my emotional car out of the ditch before I ran out of gas. And then my friends and I did our damnedest to stick to it. Then something changed. I didn’t cure my depression, but my depression started to feel less like a tornado, and more like getting the flu. It still sucked but I didn’t feel like I was falling to my death.