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Christianity Today今日基督教

Christianity Today 今日基督教




牧者自殺(關於牧者自殺該知道的三件事)

今日基督教  (資料源自維基百科)

今日基督教》(Christianity Today)是一份福音派基督教雜誌,於1956年創辦。
其總部設在美國伊利諾州(Illinois)的開羅斯奇姆(Carol Stream)郡。它是其母公司「今日基督教國際」(Christianity Today International)的主打出版品,聲稱每期發行量達15萬份,並有35萬名讀者。

《今日基督教》雜誌於1956年創辦,其目的是為了配合另一份雜誌《基督世紀》(Christianity Century,一份傳達新教主流思想,頗具影響力的刊物),並聯合福音派基督教社區。該雜誌的創始人系美國著名福音派人士比利·格蘭漢姆(Billy Graham),首任主編名為卡爾·亨利(Carl F.H. Henry)。創刊前20年,有重要貢獻的人物包括F.布魯斯(F. F. Bruce),愛德華·卡耐爾(Edward John Carnell),弗蘭克·伽貝林(Frank Gaebelein),沃特·馬丁(Walter Martin),約翰·蒙哥馬利(John Warwick Montgomery),和哈羅德·林賽爾(Harold Lindsell)。林賽爾是繼亨利之後的總編,在他的編輯任期內,雜誌的很多筆墨著重於有關「聖經無誤」的辯論。                                                                                                                                   而今,該雜誌的編輯工作由肯尼斯·勘澤(Kenneth Kantzer)與泰里·馬克(Terry Muck)兩人主持。一些有名的撰稿人包括作家楊腓力(Philip Yancey),福樂神學院(Fuller Theological Seminary)的理察·毛(Richard Mouw),耶魯大學法學教授史蒂芬·卡特(Stephen Carter)和監獄團契(Prison Fellowship)的查爾斯·卡爾森(Charles W. Colson)。                                                      雜誌內容包括社論、專題、新聞以及偶爾出現的調查報告。該雜誌的網絡版始於1994年10月,並成為美國在線的十大內容來源之一。自1996年起,該雜誌的網絡開始迅猛發展。                                                                                                                                                                                              而今,《今日基督教》和她的13份姐妹出版品,涵蓋了200萬名讀者和每個月超過1000萬的網絡訪問量。雜誌上的所有文章都可在線閱讀。                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

牧者自殺(關於牧者自殺該知道的三件事)

First, I think many times people in the church are unaware of what happens behind the curtain.
The reality is that pastors struggle psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. They struggle sometimes with physiological realities in and around depression, and becoming a follower of Jesus and becoming a pastor does not necessarily make those things disappear. Charles Spurgeon was well known for his deep bouts with suffering and depression. Wheaton College president, Philip Ryken, transparently shared about his own struggle with depression.

But the reality is, it’s hard for us to look behind the curtain. I will tell you that most Sundays I can get up in front of a group of people and speak “my best life.” But there are also Mondays and Fridays where my best life is far from my concern, and so it is with many of us.
Sometimes, the structure of church itself creates and perpetuates that very curtain that keeps pastors from being in true relationships and getting the help they need.
Second, pastors often don't know where to turn.
As a former full-time pastor whose work now often focuses on pastors, I understand the calls in the midst of the struggle, but often I feel ill-equipped to deal with the calls that surround issues of mental illness or suicidal ideation. Like you, I partner with agencies and entities in my community that can offer pastors the help that they need. And hopefully, most communities where pastors serve have such services available.
Yet, I sometimes get calls from pastors a thousand miles away who have nobody—it seems—to help them. I wonder how this has happened. I also wonder about those who are ministry leaders who don’t make the call, who suffer in silence, afraid to reach out.
This is, in part, because pastors are often seen as those who do not need help. They're the ones who provide the help, not the ones who need it. Yet the harsh reality is that behind that curtain are pastors who are struggling and don't know where to turn.

Finally, in part this is a misunderstanding of the gospel and the filling of the Holy Spirit.
There is a perception, and a deeply dangerous one at that, that teaches that once we've been born again or are walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, the very real challenges of depression, of psychological struggle, of spiritual difficulty, of mental illness, cease.
This is a lie. And when we believe this, we make dangerous assumptions. We believe pastors, having become helpers themselves, do not themselves need help. At the same times, 
pastors often feel that if they let on they are struggling that their churches will think less of them and their ministry may become less effective. Indeed, there remains a stigma, one I’ve written on many times, but that is often forgotten.
After I tweeted about Jarrid, I received the below question, which is often asked concerning this issue: “If a minister confides to leaders in his church that they are contemplating suicide, do you think their ministry is over?”

I responded that it depends on the church. Unfortunately, we all know that would be disqualifying a lot of churches.