If you want to instigate a lively discussion amongst thoughtful Christians, just bring up the issue of clinical depression. Is it a legitimate diagnosis? What are its causes? However we conclude these debates, many in our churches struggle to deal with life, and they’re desperately seeking help.

Jeremy Pierre, professor of biblical counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastor of member care at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, recently sat down with TGC’s Mark Mellinger and explained that depression shouldn’t surprise us, given what we know about sin and our need for full and final redemption. Indeed, the hope of eternity breaks in and shines the light of Christ into our day-to-day struggles.