The famous Catholic scholar, Hans Kung suggests that belief in Satan and demons are a piece of “outdated medieval thought” and when believed by Christians it “throws away all credibility for theology and the church” (On Being Christian, 369). Is he right? Is the influential German scholar, Rudolf Bultmann right when he says, “It is
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I really don’t understand why people ask for prayer about their car that broke down; about their children who are sick; about interviews they have coming up, and other life events? Okay, I understand. It is just after a lot of reflection, it seems like there is a more honest way to share ones needs
In James 5:14–18, James encourages the elders of the church to lay hands on and pray for the sick, the sinful, and those in need of healing prayer. He writes “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” The context is not intercessory prayer on behalf of others from a distance but prayer that
“The bystander effect” is a term used by social psychologists to describe what happens when individuals fail to intervene during crises or emergencies when they perceive others are present and aware of the event. Preeminent social psychologist Elliot Aronson writes in his classic book, The Social Animal, “If people are aware that an event is
Everyone experiences loss. Weeping and crying out are two other uncommon practices of prayer that can help you grieve well. You might already be doing them (more often than you would like), but I want you to know what these prayer practices look like in detail so that when you experience them, you are able
Centering prayer can be one of the most difficult prayers to engage in because it requires stillness and silence, which are completely countercultural and counter-ego. Stillness and silence are countercultural to our drive-through, drive-by, and driven society that fosters a jittery nervous system and type A(DHD) personalities. Many people, therefore, think of stillness, silence, and
J. P. Moreland is a poster child for intellectually savvy and deeply conservative evangelicalism. He is brilliant–stunningly so. I have learned a lot from him over the years. I was listening to his talk on YouTube, entitled “On the Promises and Problems of Petitionary Prayer” (2013). He said things that perfectly align with my vision for
What does prayer look like in the aftermath of mass shootings? First, let me share some traditional petitionary prayers that are often prayed after such incidents: “I pray for the victims, families, and first responders.” “God, be with the families of those shooting victims.” “Pour out your grace on the surviving family members.”
A man came into my office to speak with me about difficulties he was having with concentration. He was also struggling with anxiety and suffering from insomnia. After a brief conversation, I asked him if he took any solace in faith or spirituality. His demeanor changed instantly. His face started to flush. With an angry
MENTAL HEALTH & THEODICY: YOUR BELIEFS ABOUT GOD MATTER Beliefs about God matter. What we believe about God, and in particular God’s role in the midst of suffering, has potent spiritual and psychological consequences. As a pastor and licensed therapist, I have worked with countless emotionally hurting people who struggle in their relationship with God,