1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the U.S. among those between the ages of 10 and 34. Depression is an epidemic in our culture, yet many suffer in silence. Many Christians, in particular, ashamed that they lack the joy that they feel they should have as a believer.
Bruce Johnson brings clarity and light to this issue as he talks about his 40 year-long struggle with clinical depression, the comfort that Jesus has given him through the years, and a message of hope to those struggling.
Bruce Johnson has been performing since he was 8 years old, but he worked full-time as a professional illusionist for 15 years and traveled all over the world with his show. He then worked in full time ministry for twelve years, first as the Associate Pastor of Outreach and Small Groups at Church of the Open Door in Hampden, Maine, then with Frontier Ventures as the Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Maine.
Check out this amazing sermon by Charles Spurgeon, a pastor who himself struggled with depression: "The Compassion of Jesus": https://archive.spurgeon.org/sermons/3438.php
Statistics cited: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSDUHNationalFindingsReport2018/NSDUHNationalFindingsReport2018.pdf