Ken Corr

Life Giving Life Groups

Some years ago, I attended an annual C.O.R.E. conference (Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience) and heard a researcher talk about the effectiveness of 12 Step programs in the recovery process.  He said that there were two factors that made this type of therapy successful:  community and spirituality.  When I heard his conclusion, I immediately thought, “Church.”

I have worked with 12 Step groups and I know how powerful and life giving community can be.  I have also worked with Life Groups in churches and have seen how they can be life giving too, but often fall short.  It has made...more

Mental Illness and the Church

If you are having surgery, or suffering with chronic illness, or undergoing chemotherapy treatment, or have had a heart attack, the church can be a resource of support and help.  People rally around these individuals with prayer, food, cards, and visits.  But if you suffer from chronic mental illness, or have a family member who is struggling with addiction, or have a child with depression, the church has often...more

Fighting Relationship Fatigue

We have just concluded our quarterly seminar for premarital counseling.  It is always fun to work with engaged couples and to see their enthusiasm for each other.  Young love is a cocktail rush of brain chemicals:  dopamine, norepinephrine, and oxytocin all get released and the result is a flood of loving feelings.  Unfortunately, some of these same couples who are so in love and enthused will be back in...more

Nicknames and Identity Brands

Our pastor recently started a sermon series on the biblical character, Barnabas.  If you know the story of Barnabas, you know that his name was Joseph. Barnabas was a nickname, meaning, “Son of Encouragement.”   What a great nickname!  Every story that we ready about Barnabas is a story of encouragement.  He clearly embraced his identity as an encourager. All of us have a nickname and when we identify with...more

Are You Tempted to Complain? Read This!

We recently had a chance to get away for a few days of vacation at the beach.  It could not have been more perfect:  the sand was soft, the sky was blue, the water was clear, the temperature was pleasant, the hotel was fun, and the food was delicious.  We felt very blessed to be able to get away and to be in a place that we love. We...more

50 Years Married and Still Celebrating

Recently, our church celebrated the Golden wedding anniversary of 19 couples.  50 years of marriage is a significant life milestone.  The average length of marriage today is 8 years.  Only 6% of couples make it to 50 years.  Some don’t make it because of the death of one or both spouses, but most don’t make it because of divorce.  It is a reminder that marriage is hard work.  What...more

Traumatic Growth

I recently had the opportunity to hear Jan Harrison, author of, Life After the Storm, in which she shared the life lessons that she learned going through her personal storm of the tragic death of her 27 year old son.  As I listened to Jan, I was amazed at the depth of faith and wisdom that she had acquired in the aftermath of such a devastating life tragedy.  Somehow,...more

Mental Health Needs in Brentwood, TN

The Brentwood campus of the Brentwood Baptist Church is located in an affluent neighborhood with access to good schools and healthy lifestyle choices.  There are several very active churches in our area providing a variety of religious training and experiences.  Most people have access to adequate healthcare.  Shopping and entertainment options are readily available.  You would guess that this is an area with very few mental health problems. Recently,...more

Remembering the Sanitation Workers

It was the summer of 1968. I had just finished my junior year of high school and needed a summer job. I was offered a job with a small construction company and began working. Unfortunately, not many weeks into the summer, the company owner came to me and explained that he did not have enough work to keep me employed. However, he offered to find me a job, if...more

The Meaning of Eastertide

Easter is my favorite day in the Christian year.  It is always a high and holy day filled with majestic music, crowded worship spaces, and the affirmation that Christ is risen.  But what happens after Easter?  If you were raised in a non-liturgical worship tradition, you may not know that Easter Sunday is the beginning of a season—the season of Eastertide. Eastertide is the 50 days between Easter Sunday...more
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