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Chaplain walks through mental health hardships with first responders

STAMFORD, Conn. (BP) – Chaplain John Revell says first responders and police have "a front row seat to depravity."

SBC DIGEST: Florence Littauer dies at 92; Bob Fu joins Family Research Council

Florence Littauer remembered for ministry of encouragement and hope; Family Research Council welcomes Bob Fu as senior fellow for international religious freedom.

Trauma-healing ministry reaches refugees in Uganda

ARUA DISTRICT, Uganda (BP) -- The South Sudanese people who live in the Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement in Uganda know Deborah* is an outsider. They can see it on her skin. She's Liberian, with lighter skin than theirs -- a fact that wasn't erased by the years she lived in South Sudan married to a South Sudanese man. But the scars on her heart are the same as theirs -- they can see that too.

IMB missionaries use trauma care resources to help refugees, start churches

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (BP) -- It's tough to overstate the trauma the Venezuelan people have experienced over the last decade. The price of oil, the country's chief export, cratered. Hyperinflation at one point hit 10 million percent. The country's power grid failed, leading to massive power shortages. An unpopular dictator defied an election. More than 4.6 million people fled the country from 2016 to 2019.

SBC DIGEST: Ashford resigns as SEBTS provost; Patrick’s death ruled suicide

Bruce Ashford resigns as SEBTS provost, returns to teaching; Darrin Patrick's death officially ruled suicide.

SBC DIGEST: Mohler releases new book; LifeWay to host free virtual event on pastors’ mental health

Mohler releases new book on secularism, culture, and the Church; LifeWay to offer free virtual event focusing on pastoral emotional health.

FIRST-PERSON: Pastoral ministry and mental health

The expectation that a pastor is responsible for his own mental health is detrimental to pastors' well-being, Cody Barnhart says. He offers ideas for how churches can help pastors stay healthy.

Pastors face mental health challenges amid COVID-19 pandemic

NORMAN, Okla. (BP) -- In recent weeks, as he has juggled altered responsibilities -- and added some new ones, too -- Tristan Martin has experienced an overwhelming sensation of busyness. Amid the social distancing required during the COVID-19 pandemic, Martin, pastor of Alameda Baptist Church in Norman, Okla., is shepherding a congregation of mostly senior adults. He's also helping to homeschool his young daughters while his wife, a behavior analyst working with autistic children, continues to work outside the home.

FIRST-PERSON: How to manage social distancing fatigue

In most crises, we are accustomed to being inconvenienced for a few days or a few weeks, Willie McLaurin says. The real test of social distancing is now upon us. How do we maintain our sanity after Easter?

FIRST-PERSON: Healthy habits for pastors during COVID-19 culture

The coronavirus did not catch God by surprise, Willie McLaurin says. He lays out specific ways pastors can use this unusual time to "shape our lives for His glory."