All posts by Brian Mesimer

Brian A. Mesimer, Ph.D., LPC, is an assistant professor of counseling at Richmont Graduate University and a counselor in private practice. He and his wife live in Columbia, SC.

Why Are Young Conservatives Less Depressed?

In a recent essay, Matt Yglesias attempted to explain the curious but well-documented phenomenon of why younger progressive minded teens are consistently more depressed than their conservative counterparts.

/ March 6, 2023

No Reluctant Father

In his book Attached to God, Krispin Mayfield tells the story of how Mr. Rogers, the patron saint of unconditional positive regard, questioned his own standing before God on his deathbed.[1] Alluding to Matthew 25, Mr. Rogers asked his wife...

/ December 13, 2022

Leviathan, Zarathustra, and the End(s) of Liberalism

Enter scene left: House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi harangues the House while pointing to a giant styrofoam board with the pledge of allegiance emblazoned across it. Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff walks the articles of impeachment from the House to the...

/ January 23, 2020

On Paige Patterson’s Missing Link

By Brian Mesimer Paige Patterson’s comments on handing abuse in a Christian relationship are concerning. Spoken at a conference in 2000, they were recently rediscovered by Jonathan Merritt in a Washington Post expose. For clarity’s sake, I will reproduce the...

/ May 9, 2018

Bucer, Freud, and the Evangelical Counseling Wars

I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Brian Mesimer. The door closes as your next appointment walks in and sits in the chair across from you. Putting his head in his hands, Rick lets out a mournful sigh. After...

/ November 1, 2017
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I Am iPhone: How Our Tech Endangers Our Relationships

We’re pleased to publish this guest post from Brian Mesimer. Certain family therapy theorists maintain that when you are working with a couple, there are always three people in the room to consider: the man, the woman, and the relationship itself....

/ March 17, 2017

The Five Stages of Evangelical Grief

I’m pleased to publish this guest post from new Mere O contributor Brian Mesimer. I was recently at a church conference where one of the plenary addresses focused on the role of the Christian in the public square. The speaker,...

/ October 20, 2016