Most people know Tommy Nelson as the “sex guy” who goes around the country teaching conferences on the biblical book The Song of Solomon. In the Dallas area, Tommy is known as one of the few preachers actually willing to build a ministry on the verse-by-verse exposition of the scripture.
Last year, Tommy descended into a clinical depression that resulted in his taking a months-long hiatus from his pulpit at Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas. He returned to the pulpit in October with renewed vigor and with a story to tell.
On March 27, Tommy came to the chapel at Dallas Theological Seminary, and shared his story with the students and faculty there. The chapel address is available for free, and you can download the MP3 here, or you can visit the webpage and watch the video.
Postscript: In the sermon, Tommy mentions that he read some John Owen during his depression and that reading Owen only made his depression worse. This is a counterpoint to John Piper in his book on depression. On the dedication page of When the Darkness Will Not Lift, Piper writes: “To the memory of JOHN OWEN who has wakened hope for many in the darkness of perfectionistic despair.”