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Southern Baptists join others in Mental Health Awareness month

NASHVILLE (BP) – Attention to mental health across the country increased over the last year due to the potential effects brought on by the coronavirus shutdown. It’s a touch point, though, that has been gathering steam across the Southern Baptist Convention since 2013.

FIRST-PERSON: 3 reasons pastors avoid counseling when they need it

NASHVILLE (BP) – “Too fast!” my wife Lynley screamed as I drove down a steep hill caked in snow. The vehicle picked up speed like a roller coaster on first fall.

Pandemic division causing pastors to leave ministry, pastoral mentor says

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Brian Croft jokes that masks are the new "color of the carpet argument" in churches, with similarly poor outcomes. Pastors are resigning from the stress "kind of in a way I've never really seen."

Pastors express ‘decision fatigue’, ‘ministerial frustration’ as COVID-19 pandemic lingers

LEXINGTON, Tenn. (BP) – For the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Rock Hill Baptist Church in rural west Tennessee was resuming onsite worship. Then, Pastor Richard Bray was exposed to the virus and the church had to transition once again to remote worship while Bray waited weeks for his test results.

Bible Study: God sees, knows and cares when we’re depressed

In our moments of despair and depression, we may feel no one sees or cares; but God sees, knows and cares. God will set us free from the tight space of depressing thoughts and bring us to a spacious place.

Pornhub’s steps inadequate, SBC leaders say

NASHVILLE (BP) – Pornhub’s recent reaction after its site was reported to be swarming with rape videos, even of children, still falls short of what is needed, a Southern Baptist theologian and an ethicist said.

Americans’ mental health outlook drops, but not for regular church attenders

A recent Gallup study reveals a connection between regular church attendance and a positive self-evaluation of one’s mental health.

FIRST-PERSON: Engaging the next generation on mental health

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – According to a recent Barna study, half of 18-year-olds in the U.S. report anxiety and fear of failure, and about 40 percent say they often feel sad or depressed. Thirty-four percent of young people say they feel lonely and isolated from others.

Four overdose deaths, dozen-plus relapses at Celebrate Recovery site during COVID-19

ARABI, La. (BP) – Donnie Broussard had been sober more than four years from heroin and crack cocaine when the COVID-19 pandemic shot his daily routine. He didn't feel worthy to continue as Celebrate Recovery leader at the Arabi campus of Celebration Church in greater New Orleans.

FIRST-PERSON: How much more can you stand?

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) – One of the greatest and constant needs of the church since its birth at Pentecost is God-called, Spirit-filled, well-equipped leaders. Are you like me, some days just wondering: How much more can we stand?