Celebrating the Legacy of Otis Boykin

Celebrating the Legacy of Otis Boykin

I was educated in a school system highly recognized as one of the best in the state, if not the entire country. Yet, like many, I was never taught about Sarah Breedlove (Madame C. J. Walker) or Elijah McCoy (The Real McCoy). I didn’t know of Garrett Morgan and didn’t...
Six Ordinary Lessons for Mental-Health Issues

Six Ordinary Lessons for Mental-Health Issues

I was working in a hospital and doing a rotation through the psychiatric wing. When I arrived, I was greeted by an affable young man whom I had met at church. I thought he was an aid until he said that he was a patient and this was his fourth admission. Meanwhile, a...
Reflections from Year 1: The Reality of Marriage

Reflections from Year 1: The Reality of Marriage

We all set expectations for the future based upon the life experiences we have had. This is a normal part of our humanity. We can see that play out in our dreams, careers, and our relationships. Our ideas of and expectations for marriage, can be some of the most...
Children & Emotions: How Can Parents Help?

Children & Emotions: How Can Parents Help?

Adults often struggle to know how to handle negative feelings. Both outside and inside the church, much carnage is wrought upon individuals, relationships, and society at large due to the mishandling of anxiety, shame, and depression.But it isn’t just adults who...
2 Underused Strategies for Addiction

2 Underused Strategies for Addiction

Addictions continue their upward swing. Self-control is not yet prized, and our national strategy with hardships is to medicate them away.Each day there are more people enslaved by a broader array of substances and activities. To sexual obsessions, add illegal drugs,...
5 Questions About Mental Illness

5 Questions About Mental Illness

Q: What is mental illness? A: Mental illness is an old problem; as old as the fall. Although God made everything very good (Gen. 1:31), when sin entered, humanity came under the divine curse, together with the rest of the creation (Gen. 3:16-19). Every part of us was...
Lessons on Perseverance from 1 Peter

Lessons on Perseverance from 1 Peter

When I was in college, I had a roommate who would run long distances several times a week. Although I worked out, I never ran the distances he did. However, one day I spontaneously decided to go on a twenty-mile run with him—you know, just for fun. We ran ten miles...
How to Deal with Controversy in the Church

How to Deal with Controversy in the Church

It seems to me like the Church in America has been especially riddled with controversy over the last several years. Government policy, race, and mask-wearing feel like ever-present topics of heated conversation—outside and inside the Church. Controversy isn’t new to...