Dipping into the Community Pool: October 21

We enjoyed listening to David and Shona Murray share their experiences with depression and burnout, which you can also listen to below.  Also, Stephen Nichols discusses Luther’s Catechism for children while standing outside Luther’s home in Germany.


David and Shona Murray: Two Broken People, One Great Physician

Dr. Murray is a pastor as well as a professor at Puritan Reformed Seminary.



David and Shona’s books are available at Amazon.com.  Just click the graphic.




At Least as Dangerous as Porn

“Not to diminish the dangers of sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:9–11), but have you ever noticed that the New Testament issues more dire warnings against the spiritual dangers of material prosperity than sexual immorality? ”


Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age

“The greatest question of our time,” historian Will Durant offered, “is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even East versus the West; it is whether men can live without God.” That question, it now appears, will be answered in our own day.


Listen to “Luther’s Catechism for Children,” with Stephen Nichols

“By his own estimation, one of Martin Luther’s most important writings was his
Small Catechism. He took the role of teaching his children very seriously, and so he
taught his children the catechism.”


Tota Scriptura by R. C. Sproul

The issue that we face in our day is not merely the question of sola Scriptura but also the question of tota Scriptura, embracing the whole counsel of God.


2 thoughts on “Dipping into the Community Pool: October 21

  1. This is so encouraging to read. We have some things in common. I am a mother of 5. My husband is a dr, I am a nurse, I home school, I am Christian- reformed, and I found myself struggling with depression. I ignorantly must have believed in the back of my head that I was immune to it, because it took me completely off guard and as a christian I feel like there were not a whole lot of resources readily available to me. The myth that Christians don’t get depressed or anxious really needs to be debunked, for many reasons, but a big one being that you feel like a complete failure as a christian. I wonder if the feelings I had were similar to the feelings Martin Luther had when he cornered the priests in confessional for elongated periods of time. Clearly I digress but I am really grateful to have stumbled upon this blog. I started a blog on my journey and it really feels like I am putting myself WAAAYYYY out there but I just want other people to never feel how I felt- I felt ashamed of my depression and like a failure as a christian.Let me know if you have any critiques of my blog please, I’m really hoping that it is a help for people and not a hindrance.


  2. I’m so glad you found our blog helpful. We pray daily that God will use it to encourage others in the faith. You are right about us having many things in common, and you’re even a runner! (We’ve been running for years.)

    You mentioned Luther, but don’t forget Charles Spurgeon and David Brainerd. Both suffered from depression for long stretches of time. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” Also, “a bruised reed He will not break and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.” You are precious in God’s sight so keep on trusting Him one day at a time, remembering that His mercies are new every morning. Nothing can separate you from the love of God, not even depression.

    David Murray, the gentleman in the video above, is a pastor in Grand Rapids and an active blogger. If you haven’t done so already, please visit his blog HeadHeartHand. He has posted a lot of information on depression and burnout over the years. I think you will find much helpful information there. You may even want to contact him.

    Are you in a good church? The means of grace are primary in the life of a Christian: preaching of the Word, prayer, communion, Christian fellowship, etc. I hope you are and that you are under the care of a pastor and elders. God uses means.

    I will be praying for you (and those aren’t words in the wind). I visited your blog and will stop by from time to time to see how you’re doing. Of course, I’m only a comment away.

    Grace and peace to you.


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