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On this episode of The Fuel For Life Podcast, I interview pastor and author, Dr. David Murray on the topic of Depression. There was a point in my life where I believed that Christians cannot get depressed. Dr. Murray has written a book about depression and has counseled many people who have gone through it. In our interview, we discussed the following questions surrounding the often misunderstood topic of depression:
- Can Christians get depressed?
- Did Jesus ever get depressed?
- What are some Biblical examples of people who were depressed?
- Is there different classifications of depression? How can we tell if we are just having a bad day or a bad season? Is anxiety, panic attacks, sleepless nights etc. a sign of depression as well?
- What is the cause of depression? Is it a lack of spirituality or is it the fault of a person?
- What are some of the best ways to cope with a season of depression?
- What would you recommend to the person that is struggling with depression?
- What are suggestions for people who have in their life others who are struggling with depression?
- How can someone “redeem,” their depression for a good purpose to glorify God?
- Lightning Round Questions:
- What is your favorite coffee concoction?
- In an ideal world, what would you do all the time if you could?
- What type of music are you into right now or the bands that are on your iPad/iPhone
- What do you do when not working or doing ministry assignments to relax and re-charge?
- What is a goal or a dream that you would like to accomplish in 2015?
About Dr. David Murray: “Dr. David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and recently also became Pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. He was ordained to the ministry in 1995 and pastored two churches in Scotland for 12 years. He is the author of Christians Get Depressed Too and How Sermons Work and regularly speaks at conferences in North America and beyond. David and his wife Shona have five children and they love camping, fishing, boating, and skiing in the Lake Michigan area.”
Connect with Dr. Murray on his blog and follow him on Twitter.
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