Why does God allow so many of us to experience deep forms of depression often to the point of despair, and how do we counsel those in our lives who struggle with the torture of the soul? How can pastors and churches be better prepared to recognize symptoms and help those who struggle? Joining me in today’s discussion are Kathryn Greene-McCreight, author of Darkness is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness, and Harold Senkbeil, author of Dying to Live and board member of Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual care and Counsel.
Are today’s churches prepared to handle issues related to mental illness? How should Christians help those struggling with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, and various types of learning disabilities? On this program, I’ll discuss these important yet often avoided topics with Amy Simpson, an editor at Christianity Today and the author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission.
On this edition of the White Horse Inn, I’ll speak with R.C. Sproul, Chairman of Ligonier Ministries and author of numerous books including The Holiness of God, The Truth of the Cross, and Knowing Scripture. We’ll be discussing many of the problems affecting the contemporary church: the similarities between liberalism and evangelicalism, the rise of deism, and the failure of contemporary models of discipleship (original air date, Sept. 7, 2008).
What are the assumptions about “youth” in our time, and how do those assumptions differ from what we find in Scripture? How do technology and social media ghettoize today’s kids? In a time of perpetual adolescence, how should we form our children to become mature adults? As we conclude our series on Youth Ministry, I’ll be discussing these important questions with T. David Gordon, author of Why Johnny Can’t Preach.
How are we to raise up the next generation of Christians to think seriously about their faith if they haven’t been taught how to think in the first place? How are we to keep our kids in the faith if they are constantly propagandized by the messages in movies, advertisements, or college classrooms? The apostle Paul calls us to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” but how are we to accomplish this task? I’ll be discussing this important topic with Christopher Perrin, Aaron Larson, and Joelle Hodge, publishers of The Art of Argument by Classical Academic Press (original air date, Oct. 14, 2012).
If you visit a typical youth program at the average evangelical church, you’ll no doubt observe an emphasis on fun and entertainment. Yet most Christian teens are ignorant about the basic message of Scripture, and statistics show that the majority of them will abandon church after high school. Youth ministry in a society driven by entertainment—that’s the subject I’ll be discussing with Brian Cosby, author of Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture (original air date, May 6, 2012).
How should we disciple young adults? Though some are aware of the problems with entertainment based youth ministry, many are fearful that content based or catechetical approaches will leave kids bored and disengaged. Is this actually true, or should we challenge these assumptions? I’ll be discussing these important questions with Derek Rishmawy and Brian Thomas.
This one courtesy of @darinmstone: “That’s an awful name for a church!”
Continuing the conversation, Greg Koukl, Brett Kunkle, and I discuss the importance of preparing our youth for a life of faith in a secular age. Not only should they be taught what they believe and why, but before they leave home, they should also be given some basic training in how to communicate their faith and how to answer those with opposing points of view.
Saw this one on Twitter today (ht @rbj_ii)