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Seminary and Depression: A Guide to Self-Care

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It’s almost Christmas—the lights are shining, the parties are happening, and everything is happiness and peace on earth, right? Wrong. This is the time of year when people are more prone to depression than ever. One factor is the emotional baggage that comes when the holidays bring families together when they normally avoid each other. (I have a friend who …

Ministry Is For Broken People

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The true reasons people go into ministry are manifold.  We’ve written at length about the need for divine calling.  But not surprisingly, there are human factors as well. One major human factor that is widely unacknowledged is personal brokenness.  I’ve never met anyone in ministry who didn’t have some level of emotional wounding in their lives.  In Henri Nouwen’s words, …

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Attending Seminary Means Living In a Foreign Land

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When I went to seminary, it entailed a move from Florida to Texas. There was a shift in geography, but there was also a shift in culture-a pretty dramatic shift, as anyone who’s moved to Texas will probably tell you. I grew up in South Florida. I was a native Floridian, which was pretty unusual. In my 9th grade class …