There is a biblical concept that was seldom mentioned in my Arminian background with its heavy emphasis on the individual’s free will, yet, that I find very helpful. It is the notion of “powers and principalities”. I find it helpful in understanding a whole range of human behavior, for which explanations based on solely on keep reading
In Hebrews 12:2, we learn that Jesus endured the cross “for the joy set before him”, the joy of bringing salvation to many! When we forgive, whether that forgiveness seems “deserved” or not, the ultimate goal is the salvation of our brother. The passage in Matthew 18:15-18 has too often been misinterpreted as a passage keep reading
Spiritually speaking, the Bible teaches us to forgive in order that God, too, will forgive us (Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:25; Luke 6:37-38). Our reaction to this can sometimes be to think: “I guess I have to forgive them”, like a child “has to” his vegetables because they are good for him! Learning to love forgiveness keep reading
Despite its many downfalls, one of the positive things about television is its capacity to bring right into our living rooms, in vivid colors and details, the beauty of creation. A recent nature show that I watched concerned endangered species. As I viewed the program, I found myself drawing a parallel to the church. The keep reading
Over the holidays, I found myself watching a re-run of an old, popular movie. Although “An Officer and a Gentleman” has never really been a film for which I cared a great deal, there is one scene that I have always found memorable. It contains a principle of leadership that is both important, and, it seems to me, also Biblical.
Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before the Watching World (John Howard Yoder)This short book is a good introduction if you are not familiar with the work of the late theologian John Howard Yoder, best known for his writings on Christian ethics and pacifism. As the subtitle indicates, the author discusses 5 practices keep reading
I have been a Christian for over 30 years, and a psychologist for over 20 years. I first studied Bible, biblical languages and theology, as an undergraduate, hoping to become a minister, more precisely a missionary. My interest in psychology started from a desire to acquire adequate counseling skills, which I suspected would be necessary keep reading