Canadian Truth.Teller: Tim Barnett

Hi, my name is Tim Barnett and I am a speaker who trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.

I have been a follower of Christ as long as I can remember. Of course, that doesn’t mean I haven’t experienced seasons of doubt. However, it was through these doubts, as well as challenges from friends and colleagues, that caused him to thoroughly investigate the claims of Christianity. It is because of this process that I am confident that Christianity is true.

My passion to contend for the faith has motivated me to equip ambassadors for Christ with three essential skills: knowledge, wisdom, and character. First, every ambassador for Christ should have some basic knowledge about what they believe. Second, this knowledge must be deployed in a skillful way. There’s an element of wisdom, a tactical and artful diplomacy that makes your message persuasive. Finally, because an ambassador brings himself along in everything he does, his personal maturity and individual virtue can either make or break the message. My goal is to model these attributes in each of my talks.

Some of the topics I speak on include:

  • Does God Exist?
  • If God, Why Evil?
  • Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?
  • The Heavens Declare the Glory of God Who Was Jesus?
  • Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • The Truth about Truth
  • Tactics in Defending Your Faith
  • Are Science and Faith Compatible?
  • Should Christians Embrace Evolution?
  • Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution
  • Meet the Atheist: A Role Play
  • Why are they Leaving?
  • To Hell with Hell?
  • Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then?
  • Can the New Testament be Trusted?
  • The Case for the Pro-Life Position

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Tim Barnett

A Church Service struggling with anxiety

It has been about 4 months since I have been able to sit in a full church service. My anxiety has been high for this last season of life. I was asked the other week what my anxiety feels like when I have to leave. Last week I decided to journal a full service.
My goal in this is to let people who are also struggling with anxiety know that they are not alone. My second goal is to help people understand a little more about anxiety.

8:30 AM:
Here I am in church again
30 minutes early so that my anxiety can get a chance to slowly calm down
Pray that God will grant me peace in my body and mind
Look around at the people around me
Feeling dizzy again
Church starts
Music begins
Say to myself my goal today is to just survive the music portion of the service without leaving
Take a step forward and start holding tight onto the seat in front of me
Keep breathing
Feeling shaky all over
Remind myself to deep breath in stomach and not chest
Remind myself I am ok
Still don’t feel ok
Tingles moving through my arms and legs and around my back
Start to wonder if I need to leave
Anxiety seems to grow for no reason
Take a drink of water
 Take some big breaths
Remind myself I am ok and anxiety is just feelings
Music ends, I survived
My mind questions if surviving is good enough. Not really the goal of a musical worship set
Feel frustrated that this is the situation I am in
I am a 44 year old man who’s only goal is to survive 4 worship songs in church
Remind myself this is my struggle, the thorn in my side
Remind myself I am doing everything I can about it
Time to stand and shake hands
Quickly wonder if I will be dizzy when I stand
Stand anyway
Sit down again
Glad to sit
Preaching starts
Everything is really quiet now
I feel anxiety and panic beginning to grow in my stomach
New goal
Survive the sermon
Suddenly feel sad that this is my goal
Open up my bible on my iPad
Look up at preacher
Wave of dizziness sets in
Should I leave
Shift in my seat
Cross my legs
Panic is rising
Heart is beating fast
Tell myself it will pass
Tell myself again it will pass
Nothing really passes
Still feel horrible
Take a drink
Try and concentrate on what is being said
Wish I could concentrate on the sermon and not the conversation in my own head
In my anxious state hard time focusing on the preacher
People in the audience laugh at something preacher says
Feeling envy at people around me.
Wish I could laugh
Wish I was someone else
Tell myself to stop going down the rabbit hole in my mind
Sermon finished

2 frames of mind after a morning like this:

1st Frame of mine

  1. Wishing I could enjoy a church service
  2. Wishing it was not so hard
  3. Wishing I did not envy people around me
  4. Feeling frustrated how my life has become
  5. I don’t know how I will survive this

2nd Frame of mine

  1. I came to church
  2. I talked to some people
  3. I made a choice not to just stay at home.
  4. I will survive this