Tangled Up in Blue: Depression and the Christian Life

Article by   August 2014
"Why doesn't the church know what to do with depression?" That's the question I've been asking myself since the almost unbearably sad news broke that Robin Williams had taken his own life last week. There were a plethora of responses. Some touching. Some naive. More than a few lacking the nuances and gentleness of grace. What was undeniably clear is that we still don't know what to do with people struggling deeply with depression. Like Job's counselors, we often move too quickly to either a cause, or a quick cure. We don't know how to simply sit with people in sadness, much less know how to take their hand and walk with them through it. continue

Mr Contrarian (CRT) does the Ice Bucket Challenge

A council member from - ahem - The Gospel Coalition sent me this today. We here at Reformation21 nominate the entire Gospel Coalition, all 1,000,000+ of you.  Carl Trueman's Ice-Bucket challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7XUU6DWSjUSome observations are in order: 1. We know Carl is against  American pastors...
Posted September 1, 2014 @ 6:41 PM by Mark Jones

"Behold the blessèd Lamb of God"

L.M. (Eden)Behold the blessèd Lamb of God,Who for the world poured out his blood;He died and suffered on the treeThat men the grace of God might see.Behold the bleeding Sacrifice -Salvation at unmeasured price.He came to this dark world below,God's...
Posted August 30, 2014 @ 9:58 AM by Jeremy Walker

Pushback on the pushback

Over at First Things Peter Leithart recently posted some comments on Gijsbert van den Brink's article in the July issue of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. Therein, van den Brink addresses recent lack of enthusiasm in academic theology for "social...
Posted August 28, 2014 @ 5:10 PM by Scott Swain

A good reason to go to Charleston

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Posted August 28, 2014 @ 8:20 AM by Todd Pruitt

Banner of Truth kindling

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Posted August 28, 2014 @ 6:33 AM by Jeremy Walker

On Archie Rice (and our own Annie Oakley)

This week's Spin is up and in this episode the team tackle a number of closely related issues: the power of high profile pastors, the psychology of loyal commitment to a big name long after all credibility has really vanished,...
Posted August 27, 2014 @ 2:00 AM by Carl Trueman

Cape Cod Reformed Conference

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Posted August 26, 2014 @ 9:52 AM by Rob Ventura

Singing God's Words or Man's Words?

Years ago I was asked the following question by someone who holds to exclusive Psalmody: "Do you think it is better to sing God's words or man's words?" My answer: we should never sing man's words. But I say this...
Posted August 26, 2014 @ 12:12 AM by Mark Jones
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