The Soul Care Podcast

Warren Lamb

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Episode 13 - Dr. Warren Lamb - Domestic Oppression, Part 2
10-04-2024
Episode 13 - Dr. Warren Lamb - Domestic Oppression, Part 2
Episode #13 Show Notes Hosts: Jinda Reinig and Kimberly Willess Guest: Dr. Warren Lamb Topic: Domestic Oppression, Part 2   Summary In the second part of the podcast series on domestic oppression, Warren Lamb shares his personal story of growing up in a home filled with domestic oppression and abuse. He opens up about the profound impact this experience had on his life and the ongoing journey of healing and transformation. Through his book, "Behind the Veil," Dr. Lamb aims to give a voice to the voiceless, provide a framework for understanding and addressing domestic oppression, and equip caregivers with the tools to help the wounded and broken. Dr. Lamb emphasizes the crucial role of key character traits, such as a contrite heart, humility, teachability, purposefulness, and honesty, in the process of redemption and healing. He also sheds light on the challenges faced by the biblical counseling community in addressing domestic oppression and the pressing need for education and awareness within the church. This powerful podcast closes out Season 1 of The Soul Care Podcast and serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of healing and redemption through authentic biblical soul care.  Takeaways Domestic oppressors operate systematically, using tactics similar to sexual predators.The oppressor camouflages their true self and meets the deep emotional needs of their target.Recognizing the signs of deception is crucial in preventing and addressing domestic oppression.Changing the heart of an oppressor is rare, but counseling can help oppressed individuals find healing and restoration. Growing up in a home filled with domestic oppression and abuse can have a profound impact on a person's life.Key character traits such as contrite heart, humility, teachability, purposefulness, and honesty are essential for genuine transformation and healing.The biblical counseling community faces challenges in addressing domestic oppression, and there is a need for education and awareness within the church.Warren Lamb's book, 'Behind the Veil,' aims to give voice to the voiceless, provide a framework for understanding and addressing domestic oppression, and equip caregivers to help the wounded and broken.   Scripture Mentioned Galatians 6:1 Ezekiel 34:1-10 1 Corinthians 5:11   Warrenism “Regarding oppression and abuse: There is no Switzerland; no neutral territory.”   Additional Resources   RELEVANT BOOKS Behind the Veil: Exposing the Evil of Domestic Oppression and Providing Hope (Dr. Warren Lamb)A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church (Jeff Crippen and Anna Wood)The Heart of Domestic Abuse: Gospel Solutions for men who use control and violence in the home (Pastor Chris Moles)When Home Hurts: A Guide for Responding Wisely to Domestic Abuse in Your Church (Jeremy Pierre and Greg Wilson)37 WAYS TO BE TAKEN CAPTIVE: Warning Signs and Prevention for Destructive Relationships (Sydney Millage)A Biblical Counselor's Approach to Marital Abuse: Roadmap to Reunification (Dr. Julie Ganschow and Bill Schlacks)Caring for Families Caught in Domestic Abuse: A Guide toward Protection, Refuge, and Hope (Chris Moles, editor)   MINISTRIES Truth in Love Biblical Counseling (Biblical counseling ministry team of Dr. Warren Lamb)Reigning Grace Biblical Counseling (Biblical counseling ministry team of Dr. Julie Ganschow)Called to Peace (Hope and healing for victims of domestic abuse)Clarity in Action Ministries (Equipping churches for ministering to abuse survivors)Men of Peace (Ministry of Pastor Chris Moles to help abusers repent and be transformed)   BLOGS Words Matter: Refining the Conversation (Dr. Warren Lamb))Biblical Counseling for Women (Dr. Julie Ganschow et al.)
Episode 12 - Dr. Warren Lamb - Domestic Oppression, Part 1
03-04-2024
Episode 12 - Dr. Warren Lamb - Domestic Oppression, Part 1
Episode #12 Show Notes Host: Jinda Reinig and Kimberly Willess Guest: Dr. Warren Lamb Topic: Domestic Oppression, Part 1   Summary Domestic oppression is the "seedbed that all other forms of abuse grow out of," according to Dr. Lamb. In this episode, he discusses his book, "Behind the Veil: Exposing the Evil of Domestic Oppression and Providing Hope." In it, he draws from his extensive experience in providing biblical counseling and soul care to thousands of survivors of domestic oppression and violence.  Takeaways Domestic oppression is a form of abuse that underlies and creates an environment for domestic abuse and other forms of abuse to occur.The church often fails to recognize and address domestic oppression, leading to the protection of the oppressor.The prevalence of domestic oppression within the church is staggering, with statistics showing that a majority of churchgoers have either experienced or witnessed it during their lifetime.Proper theology and understanding of biblical principles are crucial in addressing domestic oppression and providing hope for those affected.Creating a safe and open environment within the church is essential for individuals to come forward and seek help. There is hope for individuals and families dealing with domestic oppression as more pastors, elders, and biblical counselors are addressing this issue and providing specialized counseling and guidance.True repentance involves taking full responsibility for one's actions without seeking anything in return, including forgiveness.There are resources, counseling ministries, and organizations available for individuals and families seeking help.   Scripture Mentioned John 13:34-35 Luke 4:18 Ezekiel 34:1-10 Ephesians 4:32   Warrenism “Apology making is not forgiveness seeking.”   Additional Resources   RELEVANT BOOKS Behind the Veil: Exposing the Evil of Domestic Oppression and Providing Hope (Dr. Warren Lamb)A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church (Jeff Crippen and Anna Wood)The Heart of Domestic Abuse: Gospel Solutions for men who use control and violence in the home (Pastor Chris Moles)When Home Hurts: A Guide for Responding Wisely to Domestic Abuse in Your Church (Jeremy Pierre and Greg Wilson)37 WAYS TO BE TAKEN CAPTIVE: Warning Signs and Prevention for Destructive Relationships (Sydney Millage)A Biblical Counselor's Approach to Marital Abuse: Roadmap to Reunification (Dr. Julie Ganschow and Bill Schlacks)Caring for Families Caught in Domestic Abuse: A Guide toward Protection, Refuge, and Hope (Chris Moles, editor)   MINISTRIES Truth in Love Biblical Counseling (Biblical counseling ministry team of Dr. Warren Lamb)Reigning Grace Biblical Counseling (Biblical counseling ministry team of Dr. Julie Ganschow)Called to Peace (Hope and healing for victims of domestic abuse)Clarity in Action Ministries (Equipping churches for ministering to abuse survivors)Men of Peace (Ministry of Pastor Chris Moles to help abusers repent and be transformed)   BLOGS Words Matter: Refining the Conversation (Dr. Warren Lamb))Biblical Counseling for Women (Dr. Julie Ganschow et al.)
Episode 11 - Shannon McCoy - In the Aftermath of Divorce
27-03-2024
Episode 11 - Shannon McCoy - In the Aftermath of Divorce
Episode #11 Show Notes Host: Kimberly Willess and Warren Lamb Guest: Shannon McCoy Topic: In the Aftermath of Divorce   Summary In an engaging and introspective episode, Shannon McCoy shares her journey from a science-based career to a life dedicated to biblical counseling. Inviting listeners into her world, McCoy unravels the intersections between science, faith, and emotional healing through her personal experiences and professional counsel. The episode delves deep into the vulnerabilities of struggling with food addiction and managing the spiritual complications of a marital breakdown. Takeaways Divorce is a devastating experience that affects individuals physically, emotionally, and spiritually.The church needs to do a better job of supporting those going through divorce and broken marriages.Effective, biblical pre-marriage counseling is essential in preparing couples for the challenges of marriage.Single parents need practical support and resources from the church.It is important to acknowledge and express emotions, including anger towards God, in the healing process.There is hope and a purpose for those who have experienced divorce.   Scripture Mentioned John 16:33 Revelation 2:4 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Romans 5:13   Warrenism “Transformation is a process, not an event.”   Additional Resources   RELEVANT BOOKS Help! I’m a Slave to Food (Shannon McCoy)Women Counseling Women (Elyze Fitzpatrick, Editor, Shannon McCoy, Contributing Author)   BLOG POST Two Truths and A Lie for The Divorced (IBCD Blog)Biblical Counseling Coalition Blog (Articles by Shannon McCoy)   TRAINING COURSE MENTIONED “Whole-Person Ministry” (TILBC – Truth in Love Biblical Counseling)
Episode 10 - Bipolar Diagnosis: Clinical Diagnosis vs. Biblical Perspective
20-03-2024
Episode 10 - Bipolar Diagnosis: Clinical Diagnosis vs. Biblical Perspective
Episode #10 Show Notes Hosts: Jinda Reinig and Kimberly Willess Guest: Dr. Warren Lamb Topic: Bipolar Diagnosis   Summary: In this episode of the Soul Care podcast, hosts Kimberly Willis and Jinda Reinig are joined by Dr. Warren Lamb to dissect the complexities of what is known as bipolar diagnosis and disorder. The dialogue weaves through the clinical landscape, contrasting conventional treatment methods against the healing prism of biblical counseling. Here, listeners can expect to uncover insights into managing what is often perceived as an incurable condition. The conversation delves into the criteria outlined by the DSM for diagnosing bipolar disorder and the subsequent treatments, raising questions about the effectiveness of a solely medication-based approach. Warren Lamb, offering his expertise, challenges the notion of bipolar disorder as an intrinsic part of one's identity, steering the narrative toward the power of individual belief systems and their capacity to reshape personal realities. Listeners are led on a path from clinical diagnostics to spiritual actualization, presenting a fresh perspective on managing psychological disorders. Key Takeaways: Bipolar diagnosis often originates from self-reported symptoms without solid scientific testing, leading to medication being prescribed based on clinical interpretation.The DSM classification of bipolar disorder and its variations are discussed, with an emphasis on the disorder's impact on mood and behavior.Dr. Lamb argues the significance of addressing core relational trauma and beliefs to manage and potentially overcome bipolar symptoms.There's a discussion surrounding the potential long-term damage caused by bipolar medications, which are often used as a lifelong treatment without resolving the underlying issues.The episode highlights biblical counseling as a hopeful and transformative alternative to traditional psychiatric methods, focusing on identity in Christ rather than diagnoses.  Notable Quotes: "It's the pianist that determines what music the piano plays." - Warren Lamb on the relationship between the mind and the brain."The medical conditions are the effect, not the cause." - Warren on focusing on environmental factors in psychosis and bipolar symptoms."You are priceless to God. He only made one of you." - Warren Lamb stressing individual worth in the face of disorders."Our goal together is to deal with the underlying brokenness" - Recognizing the importance of addressing foundational issues in bipolar disorder treatment.   Scripture Mentioned 2 Corinthians 5:17 Isaiah 53:5/1 Peter 2:24   Warrenism “We do healing at the speed of life.”   Additional Resources Ministry Website: Truth in Love Biblical Counseling   RECOMMENDED BOOKS Unbound: Growing Ever-freer in Christ (Truth in Love Biblical Counseling & Warren Lamb)The Chemical Imbalance Delusion (Dr. Daniel Berger)   BLOG Words Matter: Refining the Conversation
Episode 9 - Dr. Daniel Berger - The Schizophrenic Unicorn
13-03-2024
Episode 9 - Dr. Daniel Berger - The Schizophrenic Unicorn
Episode #9 Show Notes Host: Dr. Warren Lamb Guest: Dr. Daniel Berger, II Topic: The Schizophrenic Unicorn   Summary In this episode of The Soul Care Podcast, Dr. Berger discusses his newest book, "The Schizophrenic Unicorn," which seeks to help explain the phenomenon commonly called "schizophrenia" and does so from both a clinical and a biblical perspective. He addresses common diagnoses such as major depression disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder from a biblical perspective. Dr. Berger's exemplary scholarship and dynamic approach to examining and discussing mental health diagnoses in our times make this a unique opportunity to hear him discuss these important matters with Dr. Lamb in a comfortable, understandable, and friendly manner.    Takeaways A strong biblical foundation is essential in authentic biblical soul care.Authentic biblical soul care emphasizes wisdom and truth, recognizing the inseparable connection between the two.There are key distinctions between authentic biblical soul care and other approaches to mental health and counseling, including differences in philosophy, theology, and anthropology.Common diagnoses such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder can be effectively addressed from a biblical perspective. Sleep deprivation and insomnia are common factors in mental health issues.Secularism has influenced the field of mental health, but there is a growing movement towards a biblical understanding of soul care.There is a need for more dialogue and collaboration within the biblical counseling community.The future of biblical soul care lies in equipping and training others to provide hope and help to those in need.True repentance involves taking full responsibility for one's actions without seeking anything in return, including forgiveness.There are resources, counseling ministries, and organizations available for individuals and families seeking help. Scripture Mentioned Proverbs 19:20 Proverbs 1:8 Ephesians 6:4 Titus 2: 3, 11-12 Proverbs 4:3 (ff) Proverbs 23:29-34 Philippians 4:1-3 James 1:2-3   Additional Resources Dr. Berger’s Website Dr Daniel Berger   RECOMMENDED BOOKS (A few of our favorites from Dr. Berger’s titles) The Schizophrenic Unicorn: Understanding the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia, The Centrality of Sleep, the Biopsychosocial Diagnostic Model of Mental ... a Practical and Proven Alternative ApproachSuicidal Ideation: A Biblical Perspective for CounselorsSaving Abnormal: The Disorder of Psychiatric GeneticsRethinking Depression: Not a Sickness, Not a SinThe Chemical Imbalance DelusionThe Truth About ADHD   BLOG Blog | drberger (drdanielberger.com)
Episode 8 - Reproductive Loss Network - Tanya Flores & Tricia Lewis
06-03-2024
Episode 8 - Reproductive Loss Network - Tanya Flores & Tricia Lewis
Episode #8 Show Notes Hosts: Jinda Reinig, Kimberly Willess, and Warren Lamb Guests: Tanya Flores & Tricia Lewis of Reproductive Loss Network Topic: Equipping the Church to Address Reproductive Loss with Compassion and Grace   Summary: Tanya Flores and Tricia Lewis, co-founders of Reproductive Loss Network, discuss their ministry's mission to provide a biblical response and care for those impacted by reproductive loss. They explain that reproductive loss encompasses a wide range of experiences related to a person's reproductive health and decisions, including miscarriage, stillbirth, infertility, and abortion. The founders emphasize the need for churches to address reproductive loss from a biblical perspective and equip caregivers to provide support and comfort. They also highlight the importance of creating safe spaces for individuals to grieve and share their stories, as well as the need for ongoing support and care beyond the immediate aftermath of loss. Key Takeaways: Reproductive loss refers to the grief associated with a range of issues, including miscarriage, stillbirth, perinatal death, infertility, and abortion.The church can play a crucial role in providing biblical care for those experiencing reproductive loss, but often lacks resources and training.Secondary grief among caregivers is common, underscoring the need for proper self-care strategies.Education is key; equipping caregivers with the language of grief and lament can open the door for healing and support.Forming a solid understanding of one's reproductive story is essential in the healing process, as is embracing the concept of lament within a biblical context. Notable Quotes: "Reproductive loss is any experience of grief in a person's life related to their ability to have children.""93% said they wouldn't discuss their abortion decision with anyone at church at all." Scriptures: Psalm 139:23-24Ecclesiastes 7:2 Links: Reproductive Loss Network (RLN)RLN TrainingResource List
Episode 7 - Pastor Paul Tautges, Author of Remade: Embracing Your Complete Identity in Christ
28-02-2024
Episode 7 - Pastor Paul Tautges, Author of Remade: Embracing Your Complete Identity in Christ
Episode #7 Show Notes Host: Dr. Warren Lamb Guest: Pastor Paul Tautges Topic: “Remade: Embracing Your Complete Identity in Christ”   Summary In this episode of The Soul Care Podcast, host Warren Lamb interviews Paul Tautges, a respected voice in the world of biblical counseling and soul care. They discuss Tautges' new book, "Remade: Experiencing Your Complete Identity in Christ," which explores the importance of identity in Christ and offers a refreshing perspective on finding one's identity in relationship with Jesus rather than external circumstances or accomplishments. The book is divided into three lenses: the sinner lens, the saint lens, and the sufferer lens, each providing a unique perspective on our identity in Christ. Tautges also shares the metaphor of kintsugi, an ancient Japanese art form that repairs broken pottery with gold, symbolizing God's redemptive work in our brokenness. It is an honor to speak with a man whose contributions to the Christian faith, especially in the realm of biblical counseling and soul care, are so extensive. He has been in gospel ministry for over 30 years and serves as one of the pastors of Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, which is in the Cleveland area. He is also an adjunct professor at Masters University in California, a certified biblical counselor and teaching fellow for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and a council board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He also serves as editor for the popular LifeLine mini-book series from Shepherd Press and blogs regularly at Counseling One Another, the Biblical Counseling Coalition, and Crosswalk. Ask him about himself, and he puts it simply: “By God’s grace, I’m a husband, dad, grandpa, and pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, OH. I love Christ because He first loved me.” Humble, friendly, and approachable, he has written or edited over 60 books and mini-books, including “A Small Book for the Hurting Heart,” the 31-day devotional “Anxiety: Knowing God’s Peace;” then there is “Counseling One Another,” a mainstay in the biblical counseling and soul care world, and, of course, his newest work, “Remade: Embracing Your Complete Identity in Christ.”    Takeaways Our identity is not found in external circumstances or accomplishments, but in our relationship with Jesus Christ.Understanding our identity in Christ is crucial for biblical counseling and soul care.The book "Remade" explores three lenses of identity: the saint lens, the sinner lens, and the sufferer lens. The order is important.Suffering is a tool that God uses to sanctify us and conform us to the image of Christ.   Scripture Mentioned 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Colossians 1:28 2 Corinthians 7:10 Romans 8:29 1 Peter 4:12-19 Deuteronomy 29:29   Warrenism “Shame from God convicts us of sin and leads to repentance and salvation; toxic shame condemns us for who we are and there is no hope found there.”   Additional Resources   RELEVANT BOOKS Gospel Identity: Discovering Who You Really Are (small group guide)Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of our Identity in Christ (Melissa Kruger, ed.)Remade: Embracing Your Complete Identity in Christ (Paul Tautges)Who Am I? Identity in Christ (Jerry Bridges)Unbound: Growing Ever-freer in Christ (TILBC)   BLOGS Counseling One Another (Paul Tautges)Forty-Two Identity Markers for Every Christian (Paul Tautges)Words Matter: Refining the Conversation (pastorlamb.com)
Episode 6 - Dr. Julie Ganschow - Relational Trauma
21-02-2024
Episode 6 - Dr. Julie Ganschow - Relational Trauma
Episode #5 Hosts: Jinda Reinig, Kimberly Willess, and Dr. Warren Lamb Special Guest: Dr. Julie Ganschow, Reigning Grace Biblical Counseling Center Topic: Relational Trauma   Dr. Julie Ganschow is the Founder and Director of Reigning Grace Biblical Counseling Center based in Liberty, MO. She is also the Founder and Director of Biblical Counseling for Women. ​She has been involved in Biblical Counseling and Discipleship for more than 25 years. A gifted counselor and teacher, Julie specializes in biblically counseling and providing biblical soul care for those suffering from trauma and domestic abuse. She is a frequent retreat and conference speaker.   Summary: Dr. Julie Ganschow discusses the topic of relational trauma and its clinical definition. She highlights the subjectivity of trauma and the overdiagnosis of PTSD. The conversation also explores the desensitization to traumatic events in our culture and the minimization of trauma experiences. Dr. Ganschow emphasizes the importance of a biblical perspective on trauma and the need for a holistic approach that addresses both the material and immaterial aspects of a person.   Helpful Scripture: Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 5:17 Books: (by Dr. Ganschow) “A Biblical Counselor's Approach to Marital Abuse: Roadmap to Reunification” (with Bill Schlacks),  2018 “Seeing Depression Through the Eyes of Grace,” 2016 “A Biblical Understanding of Self-Injury,” 2016 “Living Beyond the Heart of Betrayal: Biblically Addressing the Pain of Sexual Sin,” 2013
Episode 5 - Dr. Mark Shaw - Addiction
14-02-2024
Episode 5 - Dr. Mark Shaw - Addiction
Episode #5 Hosts: Jinda Reinig, Kimberly Willess, and Dr. Warren Lamb Special Guest: Dr. Mark Shaw, The AddictionConnection Topic: Addiction Dr. Mark Shaw is the founder of The Addiction Connection, a network of Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselors (CABC) who offer the “Hope of the Gospel for the Heart of Addiction.” In this episode, Dr. Shaw compares and contrasts the biblical view of addictions with that of the world at large. His redefinition of addiction is more than helpful: it is hope-giving. The discussion delves into the wonderful fruitfulness of the biblical soul care approach to dealing with addictions of all kinds. Dr. Shaw's definition of addiction: “The persistent habitual thoughts, words, and actions associated with excessive pleasure-seeking which are known by the user to be harmful and physically enslaving, sinful and willful choices to disobey God, whether they acknowledge that or not.” Helpful Scripture: Proverbs 18:1 Proverbs 3:5-6 Proverbs 23:29-35 (The addiction cycle)   Dr. Shaw’s Books:  Addiction, General Info The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective (2008, 2018) The Heart of Addiction Workbook (2008) Cross Talking: A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts (2010) Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies (2011) Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart (2014)   For Parents Addiction-Proof Parenting: Biblical Prevention Strategies (2010) How Not to Raise an Addict: Biblical Prevention Strategies (2009) Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts (2007)   Website The Addiction Connection   Documentary The Heart of Addiction
Episode 4 - Anxiety
07-02-2024
Episode 4 - Anxiety
Episode #4 Show Notes Hosts: Jinda Reinig, Kimberly Willess, and Dr. Warren Lamb Topic: Anxiety   Summary What is anxiety? What causes it? Is there a solution other than medication? In this episode, Dr. Warren Lamb compares and contrasts the clinical approach with the biblical approach and discusses why biblical soul care for anxiety is more viable. Part of the discussion includes a case study of a person who still walks in freedom from debilitating anxiety.   Takeaways Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive fear and anxiety, often rooted in a lack of trust and belief in God's control and goodness.Toxic shame and a distorted self-worth can contribute to anxiety, but shifting focus and believing in God's nature and character can help overcome it.Comparing oneself to others and feeling entitled to a pain-free life can perpetuate anxiety and hinder healing.Understanding that God is aware of our circumstances and has a greater plan can provide comfort and peace in the midst of anxiety.Teaching others about self-worth and helping them understand God's love and protection can be a powerful tool in overcoming anxiety. Breathing techniques like box breathing can help take control of the body's response to anxiety.Medication may not address the underlying causes of anxiety and can have limitations in treating depression and anxiety.Resiliency factors play a crucial role in preventing ongoing woundedness from traumatic events.History does not define us, and we have the power to change our beliefs and narrative around anxiety.   Scripture Mentioned Genesis 50:20   Warrenisms “Anxiety is like running around trying to put out fires that have not been lit.”   “History is not destiny. Our history does not define us; it merely explains us.”   Relevant Links A Small Book for the Anxious HeartHelp! I’m Anxious!Help! I Get Panic AttacksWhy Worry?: Getting to the Heart of Your AnxietyTruth in Love Biblical Counseling & Training CenterUnbound: Growing Ever-freer in Christ
Episode 3 - Christine Chappell Interview - Author of Midnight Mercies
31-01-2024
Episode 3 - Christine Chappell Interview - Author of Midnight Mercies
Episode #3 Show Notes Hosts: Jinda Reinig, Kimberly Willess, and Dr. Warren Lamb Special Guest: Christine Chappell   Summary Biblical counselor, author, and podcast host Christine Chappell openly shares her personal journey through depression, discussing how her relationship with God and biblical soul care were central to her healing. The focal point of the discussion centers around her book, 'Midnight Mercies,' wherein she bravely addresses depression and underscores the vital role of God's Word in nurturing the soul. She passionately advocates for the supportive and healing impact of the Christian community during times of crisis, acknowledging the profound mercy of God. She also reflects on the influences shaping her approach to writing and the delicate balance needed across various life roles. Throughout her insights, she stresses the importance of trusting God's timing and prioritizing self-care. Moreover, Christine highlights the power of authentic storytelling in normalizing conversations about depression – something that is sorely needed.   Takeaways Key takeaways from the discussion include: Prioritizing self-care and trusting God's timing for maintaining balance in various life roles.Sharing authentic experiences to destigmatize and normalize the experience of depression.Redirecting focus from self to glorifying God and embracing His Word for emotional healing.Recognizing the importance of communal support within the body of Christ for emotional healing.Encouraging men, particularly husbands and pastors, to engage with 'Midnight Mercies' to better understand and support women experiencing depression.Advocating for the destigmatization of depression in the Christian experience, acknowledging sorrow and grief without shame. Christine's forthcoming projects aim to shed light on postpartum depression and offer support for spouses of individuals experiencing depression. 'Midnight Mercies' stands out as a powerful resource to offer hope and guidance, especially to mothers navigating the challenges of depression. Her courage and ministry are deeply appreciated, concluding with a heartfelt prayer for her continued journey and impactful ministry.   Bibliography: Midnight Mercies: Walking with God Through Depression in Motherhood  (P&R Publishing, 2023) Help! I’ve Been Diagnosed with a Mental Disorder (Shepherd Press, 2021) Help! My Teen is Depressed (Shepherd Press, 2020) Clean Home, Messy Heart: Promises of Renewal, Hope, and  Change for Overwhelmed Moms (WestBow Press, 2016)   Social Media: facebook.com/cleanhomemessheart twitter.com/chappellwrites instagram.com/christinemchappell   Hope + Help Podcast: christinemchappell.com/podcast   Navigating Depression On-Demand Video Workshops: christinemchappell.com/workshops   Warrenism of the Week: “Stop shoulding yourself; shoulding equals shaming.”
Episode 2 - Depression & Suicide
24-01-2024
Episode 2 - Depression & Suicide
Hosts: Jinda Reinig, Kimberly Willess, and Dr. Warren Lamb Topic: Depression & Suicide Summary This episode’s conversation explores the definition of depression and the diagnostic criteria according to the DSM-5. It also delves into the biblical perspective on depression and the importance of addressing loss and grief in understanding depression. The conversation highlights the differences between the DSM diagnosis and the biblical perspective on depression, as well as the lack of scientific evidence for serotonin-based depression. It emphasizes the need to address underlying brokenness and unresolved loss rather than relying solely on medication. The conversation also discusses the incomplete training of therapists and clinicians and the importance of identity in Christ in every aspect of life, especially when providing soul care. Included are insights on approaching individuals who have attempted suicide and providing rational conversation to address false beliefs and self-blame for those who have lost someone to suicide. This conversation explores the topics of depression and suicide, providing insights and guidance for comforting families, understanding the struggles of suicide survivors, and addressing the stigma and misconceptions surrounding suicide. The conversation also delves into questions about the afterlife and the role of faith in crisis situations. It emphasizes the importance of authentic connections, deep community, and authentic biblical soul care in providing hope and help for those battling depression and suicidal thoughts. The chapter titles reflect the main themes discussed in the conversation.   Takeaways Depression needs to be understood from a biblical perspective, especially when a formal clinical diagnosis has been given.Addressing underlying brokenness and unresolved loss is crucial for healing depression.Medication alone is not sufficient for treating depression; a holistic approach is what is needed.The training of therapists and clinicians ought to focus on addressing the root causes of depression.Approaching individuals who have attempted suicide requires empathy, understanding, and a focus on their spiritual well-being.Acknowledge the pain and validate the experiences of families affected by suicide.Understand the struggles of suicide survivors, including self-blame and the search for meaning in the aftermath of suicide.Challenge the stigma and misconceptions surrounding suicide and provide support to those affected.Focus on the righteous justice and grace of God when addressing questions about the afterlife, particularly when someone has completed suicide.Establish anchor points and provide loving truth in soul care to combat depression and suicidal thoughts.Build authentic connections and engage in a deep, healthy community to recognize hidden depression and provide support.Recognize the impact of screens and prioritize authentic connections for mental and emotional well-being.Understand that depression and significant loss are part of the imperfect life we live and seek guidance and support in navigating these challenges.Honest grieving and addressing unresolved loss are essential for healing from depression.Identity in Christ and understanding God's plan can provide hope and healing.Supporting individuals who have attempted suicide requires empathy, understanding, and a focus on their spiritual well-being. Trust in the wisdom, justice, and righteous grace of God when it comes to the possibility of repentance for those who have died by suicide.Genuine relationships and connections within a healthy Christian community are vital for supporting and caring for one another.Soul-care provides true hope and help for those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.Authentic biblical soul-care provides true hope and help for those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Scripture Mentioned Psalm 139:14 Psalm 34:17-18   Warrenism “We were never created to experience loss. Loss is the most unnatural invasion of God’s creation.”   Relevant Links Truth in Love Biblical Counseling & Training CenterUnbound: Growing Ever-freer in ChristSerotonin-based Depression: No Empirical EvidenceSuicidal Ideation: A Biblical Perspective for CounselorsRethinking Depression: Not a Sickness, Not a Sin Peter Breggin   Chapters 00:00 Introduction to Soul Care Podcast 01:03 Definition of Depression from DSM-5 04:39 Biblical Perspective on Depression 07:39 Critique of Medication-based Treatment for Depression 10:35 Chronic Depression and Unresolved Loss 13:30 The Need for Honest Grieving 17:11 The Ineffectiveness of Medication for Depression 21:28 The Limitations of Traditional Therapy 25:22 Understanding Loss and God's Plan 29:32 Working through Loss and Identity in Christ 35:13 Addressing Loss and Brokenness in Soul Care 40:11 Comforting Those Who Have Attempted Suicide 45:01 Supporting Suicide Survivors 54:45 The Possibility of Repentance 55:14 Crisis of Faith 55:48 Trusting in God's Wisdom and Grace 57:18 Unconventional Approach to Suicide Counseling 58:17 Soul Care and True Hope 58:46 No Quick Fix for a Crushed Spirit 59:31 Bringing Everything to Light in Soul Care 01:00:29 Acknowledging Pain and Walking in Freedom 01:01:26 Different Types of Depression 01:02:23 The Importance of Healthy Christian Community 01:03:20 Paying Attention to Hidden Sadness 01:04:06 Authentic Relationships and Connections 01:07:28 The Importance of Authentic In-Person Connection 01:08:38 God's Design for Healthy Community 01:09:08 Encouragement from Scripture 01:09:57 Applying the Word to Your Life
Episode 1 - Inaugural Episode
17-01-2024
Episode 1 - Inaugural Episode
In the inaugural episode, Dr. Warren Lamb joins co-hosts Jinda Reinig and Kimberly Willess to dive into and explore biblical "soul care." They delve into explaining the soul's essence and its ties to mind, emotions, and will, while emphasizing the intrinsic value of every individual as God's special creation. The conversation explores healing from feelings of worthlessness, trauma, and false beliefs through the power of biblical truth and the support of a healthy community. While cautioning against an overreliance on medication, they advocate for genuine healing and transformation of the whole person. The discussion also touches on navigating life's hardships—like anxiety and grief—and the significance of seeking support and guidance during tough times. Addressing church-related hurt is highlighted, emphasizing the importance of embodying Christ's character in counseling, and creating a nurturing environment for healing. The episode culminates with a reminder that the goal of everyone involved with The Soul Care Podcast and the Truth in Love ministry team is to speak the truth in love and surrender the outcomes to God in their mission of soul care.   Scripture Mentioned Romans 12:2Genesis 1:26-27Genesis 3Genesis 9:3-6Psalm 8:3-8Matthew 6:25-26Matthew 16:26-27Luke 15:10Romans 8:11 Corinthians 13:4-7John 14:15   Warrenisms “You cannot bury a live snake. The problem will always work its way back to the surface.”“What you believe is what you live.” (What you saturate your mind with is what you believe; what you believe is what you live.)   Relevant Links Truth in Love Biblical Counseling & Training Center Peter BregginRitalin Information, general (Several articles)“Ritalin Gone Wrong” (New York Times opinion piece, 2012)Dane Ortlund’s “Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers”