Category Archives: Suicide

My first funeral (a suicide)

There was standing room only at the funeral parlor as I faced some rather austere men and women dressed in the old black garb common to conservative Mennonites. Continue reading

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Robin Williams’ most uncomfortable role

It’s tempting to think that Robin Williams could have been lifted out of a state of despondency if only he had been able to read all the Twitter comments praising his amazing career as a great actor. Yet this would not be a safe assumption. Continue reading

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Suffering in silence

She finally gained the necessary courage to tell me a story that she had kept to herself until that point. Continue reading

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5 links to see (and a fun video)

4 thought-provoking articles. Continue reading

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5 links worth seeing

The female holocaust by Daniel James Devine Indian parents killed an estimated 6 million girls in the last decade, but U.S. lawmakers can’t agree on what to do about it. Kingdom, Ethics, and Individual Salvation by D. A. Carson “… distinguishable ways … Continue reading

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When faith causes doubts

Some struggle with doubt but faith has often caused me to struggle. Continue reading

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Do we expect too much?

Do we have unrealistic expectations of happiness in western culture? Do we expect to experience unbroken tranquility in a world that has fallen from its Creator? Do we have a place for the groaning described in Romans 8:22-23? “We know … Continue reading

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