Articles by Sammy Rhodes

Meet the New American Dream

Article by   January 2016
Meet the New American Dream, Same as the Old American Dream: Thoughts after seeing JoyMovies are more than entertainment, date night venues, or after (during) work escapes. At their best, they are something closer to lay theology or therapy even.... continue

The Cure for Shame

Article by   September 2014
"Shame. Boatloads of shame. Day after day. More of the same. Blame. Please lift it off. Please take it off. Please make it stop." Those words are not just the lyrics to a famous Avett Brothers' song, they are also words under which a lot of us live. To live in this world is to experience shame. Boatloads of shame. continue

Tangled Up in Blue: Depression and the Christian Life

Article by   August 2014
"Why doesn't the church know what to do with depression?" That's the question I've been asking myself since the almost unbearably sad news broke that Robin Williams had taken his own life last week. There were a plethora of responses. Some touching. Some naive. More than a few lacking the nuances and gentleness of grace. What was undeniably clear is that we still don't know what to do with people struggling deeply with depression. Like Job's counselors, we often move too quickly to either a cause, or a quick cure. We don't know how to simply sit with people in sadness, much less know how to take their hand and walk with them through it. continue
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