Coping with Depression in the Church with Matt Rogers – Part II
I trust you caught my introduction to Matt Rogers yesterday. Today I wanted to orient you to his series of guest posts that will be taking place starting tomorrow. I trust you will take some time to make some comments on the posts that are coming, as Matt will be available to interact with you. Here is Matt’s outline of where he is taking us in this series.
Part 1: Introduction of Matt Rogers
Part 2: Introduction (this blog entry)
Part 3: “The ‘Sin’ of Depression”
Confronting the misunderstanding that mental illness is a spiritual weakness.
Part 4: “The Fellowship of the Depressed”
A look at heroes of the faith who battled depression: Charles Spurgeon, Oswald Chambers, William Cowper. Today’s depressed Christians are in good company with the saints of old.
Part 5: “The Medication Debate”
Some say medication is a cop-out, a way of avoiding one’s problems. Others say medication isn’t necessary if you’re trusting God for your joy. Some just believe medication is dangerous: should we be putting chemicals into our brains? What is the truth about medication for depression?
Part 6: “When God is the Problem”
Doubts or confusion about God can fuel a person’s depression. What do you do when your faith in God is aiding your mood disorder?
Part 7: “Compassion: The Fruit of Depression”
It seems the only way to learn compassion is through suffering. Almost every good thing in my life today is a result of my struggle with depression. How can we find good in our pain?
Part 8: “Steps Toward Healing”
A practical final entry for people needing help (or trying to help someone) right now.
|Matt Rogers is co-pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship [nlcf] at Virginia Tech. He is the author of When Answers Aren’t Enough: Experiencing God as Good When Life Isn’t (Zondervan, 2008) and Losing God: Clinging to Faith Through Doubt and Depression (InterVarsity, 2008). Learn more about his writings and his blog at his website.|