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March 14, 2023

When Church Is Not Good: Part 2

When Church Is Not Good: Part 2

Trigger warning: depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts.

This week's guest is Pastor Michael Scholtes, who is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has also lived with clinical depression for most of his life. He writes and talks about the strange intersection of mental illness and faith, and has found that being open and transparent has been healing for him and for others. Scholtes lives in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

In today's episode, Pastor Michael reflects on his own experiences with depression, sharing them with his congregations, and battling "the dark voice" on the resilient journey of maintaining faith in God through difficult times.

You can hear more about Pastor Michael's story by reading his book, Darkwater: A Pastor's Memoir of Depression and Faith. You can also subscribe to his newsletter, Biblia Luna, on his website.

Social links:
Facebook: Darkwater Author
Twitter: @DarkwaterAuthor

Mentioned in this episode:
When Narcissism Comes to Church by Chuck DeGroat

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Michael Scholtes

Author / Pastor

Michael Scholtes is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has also lived with clinical depression for most of his life. He writes and talks about the strange intersection of mental illness and faith, and has found that being open and transparent has been healing for him and for others. Scholtes lives in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.