Wednesday, September 25
September 25, 2019
AUDIO BLOG: Helping Those Struggling With Depression & Suicidal Thoughts
Harold Warner • October 15, 2019
An Audio Blog by Ps. Harold Warner narrated by Bob Darling. Tap the BLOG tab below to read while listening. An author who hosts his own radio program with the Christian Thinkers Society said that the #1 question they receive from listeners revolves around suicide and mental health. This was once again brought to the forefront by the suicide of an associate pastor and mental health advocate, Jarrid Wilson. Yes, Christians are not immune to these struggles. It provoked me to continue my conversation that started a year ago on addressing the issue of mental health with a clear, concerned, sound, Biblical perspective. Some of the more common responses and counsel being given today were well-meaning, but they seemed to fall short. It is truly amazing how much the Bible talks about depression, anxiety, mental health, and even suicide. In my mind, it is one of the things that establishes the Bible’s bona fides. It doesn’t Photoshop its characters, or try to minimize their struggles. It also doesn’t just diagnose the problem, but it presents real life and overcoming promises and practices. The timeliness of this was brought home by a text message from someone watching the livestream and who serves in the U.S. Air Force. He said “since suicides have become epidemic this year and are on pace to almost double this year compared to last, every Air Force member had to attend a one hour suicide awareness town house these past few days.” People want answers to what strangely feels like a kind of contagion. A Light in the Darkness: Helping Those Struggling with Depression & Suicidal thoughts was preached with this in mind. Instead of reading another statistic or obituary it focuses on a man who was brought back from the brink of suicide. Feel free to pass this on, and soon the blog post version will also be available.
Who and Where is the G.O.A.T.?
Harold Warner • October 9, 2019
The fodder of sports talk radio often centers around arguments of who is the G.O.A.T.? Fervent and passionate debates over who is the Greatest Of All Time? What’s so curious about this is that for the longest time nobody wanted to be known as the GOAT. It referred to someone who had failed spectacularly at the worst possible time. Don’t hang that label on me! Something has changed either etymologically or culturally because the G.O.A.T. today has become the ultimate in athletic achievement. Maybe this is why old-timers are a bit confused. Fortunately, when it comes to the greatest history of all, which is God’s redemptive history in Jesus Christ, there is a beautiful consistency to both the GOAT and the G.O.A.T. The goat’s role in Yom Kippur, the Jewish high holy day, is fascinating and so illuminating. God demonstrated his amazing love, his justice, and his total forgiveness as both a universal need and provision, available to each and every one of us. Yes, the G.O.A.T. has come, and we rejoice. We also rejoice because the GOAT has “left the building.” - @haroldswarner on Instagram