If we are called to battle depression together as brothers and sisters in Christ, we must all strive for understanding and compassion. We recently asked Ed Welch, a biblical counselor at CCEF who specializes in these matters, what role antidepressant medications can and should play. In the following clip he answers the question and concludes with a challenge to pastors (and really to everyone in the church who seeks to care for those suffering from depression) to magnify Christ and to maintain focus on the life and hope we have in him. Here's what he said:
Ed Welch is a speaker at our upcoming National Conference. Visit the event page to learn more and register.
For more on the theme of depression see —
- Ed Welch, book, Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness
- Ed Welch, booklet, Depression: The Way Up When You Are Down
- John Piper, book, When the Darkness Will Not Lift
- John Piper, book, When I Don't Desire God, chapter 12: "When the Darkness Does Not Lift"
- John Piper, book, Future Grace, chapter 24: "Faith in Future Grace vs. Despondency"
- Battling Depression . . . Together (Ed Welch)
- The Heart of Sinful Anger (David Powlison)
- Is Sanctification Complex or Simple? (David Powlison)
- How Christ Died To Sin, And Why It Matters (Richard Gaffin)
- Learning About Sanctification From Fyodor Dostoyevsky (David Powlison)
- Why Pornography Robs a Man of His Humanness (Ed Welch)
- The Blessed Struggle Against Fear and Anxiety (Ed Welch)
- God's Aim in Election, and Our Personal Holiness (Richard Gaffin)
- Fear, Anxiety, and Growing in Sanctification (Ed Welch)
- Can I Grow in Holiness Without the Local Church? (David Powlison)