W. Calvin Ross


A Prodigal Mind Part 5: The Father’s Affection (On Grace)

“So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said […]

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A Prodigal Mind Part 4: When He Came to Himself (On Medication)

“But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will […]

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A Prodigal Mind Part 3: Feeding the Pigs (On Depression)

“So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and […]

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A Prodigal Mind Part 2: The Famine (On Mania)

“When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need.” -Luke 15:14 (NRSV) There are twelve step programs for just about everything these days. For all their variety, I think […]

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A Prodigal Mind Part 1: Dissolute Living in a Distant Country (On Hypomania)

“There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later […]

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Songs of Myself. Songs to Someone Else.

When I was younger, all I wanted to be was a musician. I played percussion in the school band, took guitar lessons, sang and played guitar in several garage bands with my friends, spent hours practicing all of them, and spent […]

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