Why It Is Hard For Me to Believe In Demons

The famous Catholic scholar, Hans Kung suggests that belief in Satan and demons are a piece of “outdated medieval thought” and when believed by Christians it “throws away all credibility for theology and the church” (On Being Christian, 369).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

Why It Is Hard For Me to Believe In Demons 2019-01-15T22:44:38+00:00

Facebook Prayers

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

Facebook Prayers 2018-12-26T20:48:56+00:00

JAMES 5:14–18: Did God Really Stop the Rain?

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

JAMES 5:14–18: Did God Really Stop the Rain? 2018-07-06T17:53:41+00:00

Prayer, the Bystander Effect, & The Little Children

“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

Prayer, the Bystander Effect, & The Little Children 2018-06-21T01:49:39+00:00

Centering Prayer

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

Centering Prayer 2018-05-20T20:03:39+00:00

Cooking, Bathing, and Soaking, Oh My!

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

Cooking, Bathing, and Soaking, Oh My! 2018-04-06T01:53:16+00:00

PRAYER IN THE AFTERMATH OF MASS SHOOTINGS

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.”

PRAYER IN THE AFTERMATH OF MASS SHOOTINGS 2018-05-18T18:53:53+00:00

Rethinking the Phrase “God Allowed”

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

Rethinking the Phrase “God Allowed” 2017-12-28T19:17:12+00:00

MENTAL HEALTH & THEODICY: YOUR BELIEFS ABOUT GOD MATTER

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,

MENTAL HEALTH & THEODICY: YOUR BELIEFS ABOUT GOD MATTER 2017-11-26T18:27:45+00:00

DIVINE ECHOES

“People who intentionally set aside time to prayerfully listen and conspire with God, humbly opening themselves up to receive God’s wavelengths of love, and creatively and subversively reverberate them out to the world around them.”