Study: Most Americans say assisted suicide morally OK

 
The American Medical Association has described physician-assisted suicide as a serious risk to society and "fundamentally incompatible with a physician's role as healer." But millions of Americans disagree, according to a new study released Tuesday (Dec. 6) by LifeWay Research. Two-thirds say it is morally acceptable for terminally ill patients to ask their doctors for help in ending their lives, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. A similar number says doctors should be able to help terminally ill ...

Ronnie Floyd: 4 ways to deal with discouragement in ministry

 
Discouragement in ministry is real. When you are down, how do you get back up? It does not matter if plans you had are now unfulfilled, you are surrounded by small-mindedness, people leave your church, you hear unending criticism, or you are just facing a season of barren and grind, discouragement is difficult. But it is not terminal in ministry. Now is the time to embrace the battle and move through it. 4 Ways to Get Through Discouragement 1. Share with God ...

Suicide stats prompt call for ministry

 
With the U.S. suicide rate increasing 24 percent over the past 15 years, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, mental health experts have called pastors to prepare for ministry to suicidal individuals. While a pastor need not mention mental health issues every week from the pulpit, "a bit of regular exposure to such human realities has a way of breaking down the walls of shame and secrecy," Tony Rose, pastor of LaGrange (Ky.) Baptist Church, told Baptist ...

Southern Seminary event addresses depression, Bible’s comfort

 
The Bible provides comfort and hope for people in the pit of despair, said speakers at the Counsel the Word conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 26-27. “When you say, ‘You need something more than the Bible,’ that actually makes a statement about the character of God,” said Heath Lambert, executive director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla. “God finished the ...

Depression, suicide focus of Christian counseling conference

 
Encouraging those in attendance to adopt a "theology of life," Frank S. Page delivered the keynote address during a Christian counseling conference that focused on depression. Ouachita Baptist University's Pruet School of Christian Studies hosted the sixth annual Conference on Issues in Christian Counseling at OBU in Arkadelphia, Ark., on Feb. 26. Sponsored by Ouachita, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the one-day conference brought together a total of 160 mental health professionals—counselors, nurses ...

Can Christians who commit suicide lose their salvation?

 
Does a Christian who commits suicide go to hell? Al Hsu, author of “Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort,” shared these thoughts in a blog he wrote for Christianity Today in April 2013: “Taking one’s own life may well be a sin, but it does not automatically separate someone from eternal life with God just because one can’t ask for forgiveness afterward. After all, many of us die without ...

Frank Page to speak at Gainesville church's mental health conference

 
Millions of Americans are affected by depression, and many of them suffer silently in our churches. Greg Magruder, senior pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Gainesville, Fla., is hoping to shine a little light into this area where many Christians remain in the dark. To that end, Parkview will host a free mental health conference Oct. 17 from 7-9 p.m., sponsored by the Christian Pastor’s Association. Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, will ...