Have you ever experienced the dark night of the soul? What about the dark month? Or dark year? Have you ever dreaded facing another day? If so, then this interview is for you. In this episode of The Tentative Apologist Podcast we sit down with Dr. Stefano Piva, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Richmond, B.C. Dr. Piva has been through his own dark night of the soul, a painful but rich repository of personal experience which helped inspire his doctoral research on depression in the pastorate. More recently, Dr. Piva has published a popular devotional treatment of depression titled Do You Have a Black Dog? A Biblical Perspective on Depression. You can check out Dr. Piva’s book here.
I have known Dr. Piva as a personal friend for several years. We also share a love for classic rock and pop metal and we both played in rock bands in high school. Even more impressively, Dr. Piva recently attended a Bon Jovi concert, the only Baptist pastor I know to have done so.
But I digress. Our conversation wasn’t about heavy metal. It was about the heavy burdens that we all find ourselves carrying at some point in our lives. This discussion is both theological and eminently practical. So join us for a theological, biblical and practical exploration of the painful and hopeful contours of clinical depression.