Review: "Dealing with the Shame of Depression"
Clark Forbes is a youth pastor in an Asian-American context in California, a PhD candidate in missiology, and an up-and-coming thinker with an incredible perspective on youth ministry. His recent article on his journey through depression is notable not only for its grace-filled, biblical approach to depression, processing the disorder through Ps. 88 (this alone makes the article an incredible resource), but also for a uniquely profound missiological observation. Forbes notes that due to the power of social media, teens must now maintain a social persona that will stay with them digitally throughout their life. This anxiety over other-awareness draws heavy parallels with honor-shame dynamics present in many Eastern cultures. In other words, Western teens are beginning to relate to the world in very Eastern ways.