Necessary Conversations: The Church, Suicide, and Mental Health

Necessary Conversations: The Church, Suicide, and Mental Health

The church is for the broken. A church without the broken is a broken church.


For many around the world, mental illness is a not just a theoretical issue. Instead, it plays itself out in many ways and can impact nearly every moment of every day. For some, the struggle is manageable; although disruptive, they are still able to function at near normal capacity.

A Fascinating Lost Email from Larry Norman on Music and Ministry

A Fascinating Lost Email from Larry Norman on Music and Ministry

Our worship music is very often about 'us' and 'I' more than about God.


Ed Stetzer:

Thanks, Larry,

I appreciate it so much.

One of these days, I would like to get more of your thoughts on Christian music. It is such an important area.

I pray that your health will improve and I am sorry that I had to bother you during this challenging time.

Renewing Your Church: His Greatness Through Your Willingness

Renewing Your Church: His Greatness Through Your Willingness

God is using the revitalization of the church to demonstrate his glory.


If the mission is to advance the gospel and grow the kingdom, we can’t afford for churches to die at the same rate that we plant new ones. The call of revitalization has to become a priority. God placed that call in my life four years ago.

The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

Let's move beyond the whispering, the silence, the shame, and the stigma.


Most of us know someone who is in counseling, on medication, or has even taken his or her own life as a result of a mental illness. There are many difficult issues for Christians to talk about, and mental health would certainly be near the top of that list.

A Bright Future Rooted in a Distant Past

A Bright Future Rooted in a Distant Past

As we look forward, our present activity must be rooted in God’s kingdom work throughout redemptive history.


The glum cacophony of voices bemoaning the state of the church in North America presents a bleak deconstructionist’s portrait of the future. It does not look good. With the diagnosis come heaps of questions clamoring for immediate answers:

Missionary Identity

Missionary Identity

The reality is, Christians are interlopers. We are strangers and foreigners.


As Christians, I believe we should always be more driven by our missionary identity than we are by our national identity, our political identity, our environmental identity, our social identity, or even our church identity.

Singles: A Vital Part of Our Churches, Part 2

Singles: A Vital Part of Our Churches, Part 2

It’s time to stop looking upon single people with suspicion and instead thank God for them.


Singles: A Vital Part of Our Churches, Part 1

Singles: A Vital Part of Our Churches, Part 1

Singles make up half of our churches, so we best learn to treat all people—married or single—equally.


One-on-One with Peter Greer and Chris Horst on ‘Rooting for Rivals’

One-on-One with Peter Greer and Chris Horst on ‘Rooting for Rivals’

As churches and nonprofits, we can accomplish far more together than we ever could alone.


Ed: What inspired you to write Rooting for Rivals?

Transitioning from Bi-Vocational to Vocational Ministry: 3 Questions

Transitioning from Bi-Vocational to Vocational Ministry: 3 Questions

Three questions that can help guide you and your churches if you are considering this transition.


Most churches in America are ‘small churches,’ having less than 100 people. Most of these churches have a bi-vocational pastor; one who does not receive full-time financial support from the church they serve. Having an outside job may be part of a plan.

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