Speak the word only and my soul shall be healed.

  I spend a good deal of time defending evangelicals, both in the real world and in the virtual one. I’ve begun to realize, however, that I’m often defending aspects of evangelicalism that I don’t care for myself. For example,… Read More

Beauty By Any Means Necessary

My latest post is up at Her.Meneutics. It’s called “Is it a sin to nip and tuck?” and was reclaimed from an article I worked on in 2007 that never made it to print. I offer the original here because… Read More

Thanks again to our newest NF heroes

  These sponsors helped us raise $2,640 for The Children’s Tumor Foundation:   Mr. Jeff Scheller Ms. Florence Anne Kohut Mr. Aiden Long Mr. and Mrs. Bruce C. Neary Mr. and Mrs. John H. Oostdyk Mr. Albert J…. Read More

Victory on Parity

From NAMI: Victory on Parity! October 3, 2008 By a vote of 263-171, the House this afternoon gave final approval to the Paul Wellstone-Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 as part of the… Read More

Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency 10 am

    In a few hours, I’ll be glad I got here so early. Right now, I’m glad I brought a couple books: Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, M.D. and An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. Research for… Read More

Spiritual Evolution

  Harvard Medical School professor George E. Vaillant was the speaker at yesterday’s UC Irvine Psychiatry and Spirituality Forum meeting. Vaillant is Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  His research has involved charting… Read More

A Father’s Admonition

Here is the impromptu message that Jeff gave at Gabriel’s memorial service in New Jersey. It’s only 12 minutes long, and it’s full of wisdom … jeff-scheller2 If you’d like to respond to the invitation at the end… Read More

Depression: Out of the Shadows on PBS

I wish I’d seen this documentary months ago … then I might not have missed or misread the warning signs for suicidal depression that Gabe was exhibiting. These symptoms are used to diagnose adolescent depression, but could just as well… Read More

Grieving a Suicide

  Wheaton College professor John Walford gave a passionate testimony about his brushes with suicide at a recent Wheaton chapel service. There have been three recent alumni suicides in the past year, and the university is rightly concerned about a trend that reflects an… Read More

Chronic pain harms the brain, but what about the spirit?

A new study published in the journal Neuroscience finds that “chronic pain can disrupt brain function and cause problems such as disturbed sleep, depression, anxiety and difficulty making simple decisions.” HealthDay News reports: “Researchers at Northwestern University‘s Feinberg School of Medicine in… Read More

Families “lost” in the trauma of mental illness

From an article about Britney Spears in USA Today:  The National Alliance estimates about one in 17 Americans suffers from a serious mental illness, and mental illness affects one in five families. But as common as it is,… Read More

The Moral Instinct

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s piece, “The Moral Instinct”  from last week’s NY Times Magazine is a nice compliment to Audi’s lecture. It’s a long and interesting, if sometimes predictable, read. In it you’ll learn why Bill Gates may be morally superior to… Read More