Ed Welch

Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jan 27, 2014

Perhaps you heard. A 16-year-old from Texas killed four people in a drunken car crash.[1] He was spared incarceration and given only probation. A witness for the defense, a psychologist, argued that the court should consider the mitigating circumstance of “affluenza”—that nasty affliction among wealthy children who thought parental money could spare them from bad circumstances. 

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Ed Welch  - Book  - Jan 24, 2014

Where Is God in the Struggle?

Looking away from despair towards hope can feel risky. What if God doesn't come through for you? What if you don't feel instantly better? Instead of offering simple platitudes or unrealistic "cure-all" formulas, Ed addresses the complex nature of depression with compassion and insight, applying the rich treasures of the gospel, and giving fresh hope to those who struggle. Originally published as Depression: A Stubborn Darkness: Light for the Path, this new edition is updated with added content.

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Ed Welch  - Book  - Jan 24, 2014

Blame It on the Brain: Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience

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Ed Welch  - Book  - Jan 24, 2014

A worship disorder. This is how Ed views addictions. "Will we worship our own desires or will we worship the true God?" With this lens, Ed discovers far more in Scripture on addictions than passages on drunkenness. There we learn the addict's true condition: like guests at a banquet thrown by "the woman Folly," he is already in the grave (Proverbs 9:13-18). Can we not escape our addictions?

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jan 21, 2014

A 32-year-old man had fallen sixteen feet from a deer stand and crushed his C3, C4, C5 vertebrae. He was put on a breathing machine, but his brain was fine. When he was brought out of a medically induced coma, he communicated that he wanted the breathing tube removed, and did not want it reinserted, even if it meant he would die within hours. 

Everything about this is horrible—the fall, the paralysis, the decision to die, and gradual death by asphyxiation. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jan 14, 2014

My own history does not sensitize me to matters of power, control and authority. I have never been dominated or controlled harshly by anyone. Power was not obvious in my parent’s home, and by nature I think “we are all in this together.” My children have said that I can be controlling, but I think they are identifying my inner OCD and an uncharacteristic interest in neatness as I get older rather than any oppressive tendencies.

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Ed Welch  - Video  - Jan 13, 2014

Ed on Shame Interrupted. Click here to purchase.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Dec 20, 2013

I hope this does not seem self-indulgent. It is simply a short story about love.

When I was growing up, my parents would ask me what I wanted for Christmas. I only remember asking for two things. In third grade I asked for a trumpet, which I still blow, after I clean off the peanut butter streaks and dry slobber on the mouthpiece left by grandchildren. In twelfth grade I asked for the Duane Allman double anthology record album. 

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Ed Welch  - JBC Article  - Dec 17, 2013

This intense, but biblically conservative book, gives voice to the painful and lonely angst of same sex desire, while offering a biblical pattern of thought and life for the struggle. Reviewer Ed Welch finds value here for both those who wrestle with same sex desire and those who do not. He cautions that the book’s intensity may be challenging for some readers, and he raises a concern about one of its doctrinal positions. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Dec 12, 2013

“Almighty God, why have you done this to us? Have you no heart, no feelings? Have you no eyes to see with? Have you no ears to hear us with? You are wicked, O Lord, as wicked as a man.”

These are the words of a Jewish man who was watching people die while being driven in a dank, vomit and blood-laden, over-crowded truck from a ghetto in Hungary to Auschwitz. He had entered the extremes of human pain. Though laconic by nature, he could not hold back. He had to speak this anti-psalm.

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