[REPOST] My Emancipation From American Christianity

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
I used to think that it was just me, that it was my problem, my deficiency, my moral defect. It had to be. All those times when I felt like an outsider in this American Jesus thing; the ever-more frequent moments when my throat constricted and my heart raced and my stomach turned.…

[REPOST] Mental Health: Why I am an Advocate

Originally posted on The Lady Eve Sidwich:
It’s no secret that I am an advocate for Mental Health Awareness; I’ve sort of made it my goal to promote awareness and education on the subject. Mental Health has had a pretty bad reputation since, well people first learned to speak. It’s been associated and portrayed in…

[REPOST] Anxiety: It’s not just “Worrying”

Originally posted on The Lady Eve Sidwich:
Many people seem to brush anxiety off, saying it’s nothing but “overreacting” or “worrying.” People treat it not as an illness, but as something for someone to just “get over.” The National Institute of Mental Health states that “Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18…

[REPOST] What its like to Live with Depression

Originally posted on The Lady Eve Sidwich:
This is an older article that I had published in the local newspaper, it’s something that I thought I still should share. First of all, I am not sad. I hate it when people make the assumption that just because I have depression I’m sad all the time…

[REPOST] If You Stick Around (A Letter To Suicidal Teens)

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
Dear Hurting Teenager, I know you want to leave. I know the horrible, endless walks through the hallways that you endure every morning, near vomiting. I know the afternoon bus rides to Hell where you sit frozen with fear, praying to just become invisible. I know the locker room beat-downs and…

[REPOST] In Light of Recent Events

Originally posted on JimsBlog:
This is the text of the sermon I preached on Sunday, June 28, setting aside my summer sermon series to address a number of recent events in our nation.  I publish it here by request: On Thursday Christy and I drove from Richmond, Virginia, to Niagara Falls, Ontario, which means that…

[REPOST] Is Nana Really Burning In Hell Right Now?

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
Today we remember Nana. Nana was a sweet lady. She adored her grandkids, loved hosting big family gatherings on Sunday afternoons, and always looked forward to her Tuesday mornings preparing breakfast for the residents at the Rescue Mission. She was a devoted wife of 48 years, a cherished friend, and a kind presence in the world.…

[Repost] Last Call for July’s Blogging 101!

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 are the same courses previously offered. Feel free to retake them, but be aware that we will cover the same topics. New blogging courses on intermediate/advanced customization are coming later this year. July’s Blogging U. courses kick off on Monday, with the start…