Mark Driscoll Takes On Anorexia, Might Be Demonic

Mark Driscoll's most recent video takes on the question: is anorexia a sin (click the link to view the video)?The prompt for the video is a letter from a young woman who says she has struggled with anorexia for years. In her note, she asks Driscoll if anorexia is a sin.First, Driscoll expresses appropriate concern for the writer. I share that concern. Anorexia is a baffling condition. However, there are good treatment protocols and with competent help, those who struggle with it can find … [Read more...]

Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Allowing Counselors To Refer Based On Counselor’s “Sincerely Held Principles”

Previously, I posted a link to a Tennessee bill which gives permission to counselors to refer clients over conflicts with a counselor's "sincerely held beliefs."Last week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill into law. His reasoning was summarized in a statement after he signed the bill: The following is the Gov. Haslam’s statement on Senate Bill 1556 (http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/109/Amend/HA1006.pdf):“Although Senate Bill 1556 has received attention for its perceived foc … [Read more...]

Q & A With Jackie Quinn, Director of Communications at Mercy Multiplied

Last Sunday, Jennifer Miller's article posted on Slate.com about Nashville-based ministry Mercy Multiplied raised concerns about religiously based residential treatment for women. Miller interviewed several former residents who told troubling stories about their time in one Mercy's four residential facilities. Specifically, the former residents said they were discouraged from taking medication for mental illness, and said the program encouraged the removal of demons as a means of ridding re … [Read more...]

Mercy Multiplied Is Subject of Slate Exposé

Mercy Multiplied (formerly known as Mercy Ministries) consists of several in-patient facilities which claim to assist young women recover from abuse, eating disorders, and various other mental and emotional conditions. On Sunday, online magazine Slate revealed unflattering and disturbing results of an investigation of the ministry through the eyes of several former patients.If the reports are true, then Mercy Multiplied should be shut down.These stories reminded me of the 1990s … [Read more...]

Tennessee Bill Allows Counselors To Refer Based on Sincerely Held Principles

A controversial bill which would allow counselors to refer clients based on the counselor's "sincerely held principles" was passed by the Tennessee Senate earlier this week. Already passed by the House, the bill now awaits action from Governor Bill Haslam. He has not declared his position on the final version of the bill.Originally, the bill referred to a counselor's "sincerely held religious beliefs" as being a reason why referral would be allowed. Earlier this week, the Senate voted to … [Read more...]

Patheos Links of Interest: Kirk Franklin, Anxious Bench, Godless in Dixie, Stacy Dash, Kyle Roberts

Reading an Anxious Bench post by Thomas Kidd, it occurred to me that Patheos is a very diverse site. With that in mind, I decided to go exploring. Here I am going to post some links I found interesting. I am not recommending everything said by these authors but am posting them because I think they might be of interest to readers.Should Evangelicals Embrace the “Benedict Option”? Well, should they/we?We Love Close Calls… Until They Happen to Us - Nice devotional post on waiting through har … [Read more...]

Was the Germanwings Flight 9525 Pilot a Muslim Convert?

With very little help from me, one of our fantastic psychology majors at Grove City College, Megan Hurst, here examines how social psychology principles may shed some light on the persistence of rumors that the pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 was a recent Muslim convert.Social Psychology in the News: Was the Germanwings Flight 9525 pilot a Muslim convert?Last week, the world was gripped by the story of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings Flight 9525, who intentionally … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Spiritual Warfare Teaching and Mental Illness

Yesterday, I posted a link to the We Love Mars Hill website and a story about a woman who mentioned Mars Hill spiritual warfare protocols. The procedure Mars Hill pastors use to put a demon on trial is here.Since the post came out, readers have sent some other stories and I was reminded that the I had written previously about the spiritual warfare series. Here I want to add some additional information.Before I do that, let me add that for a Christian, this is a complex issue. I believe … [Read more...]


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