What To Do With Our Emotions? (Groves & Smith)

 When it comes to emotions in the Christian life there are extremes to avoid.  For one thing, we don't want to totally ignore our emotions or always suppress them.  Emotions aren't necessarily sinful.  On the other hand, we don't want to make too much of our emotions.  How we "feel" about the gospel is certainly… Continue reading What To Do With Our Emotions? (Groves & Smith)

Judge Not the Lord by Feeble Sense (Feelings and Faith)

 The way we react or respond to the gospel is not the gospel.  My feelings and emotions about Christ are not good news.  The empty tomb does not depend upon how much I treasure Jesus.  My delighting in Christ is not at the heart of the apostolic preaching of the cross.  The level of my… Continue reading Judge Not the Lord by Feeble Sense (Feelings and Faith)

Feeling is not a Fruit (Or: Feelings and the Faith)

In evangelical circles, there's a major emphasis on feelings.  Much popular Christian music is aimed at making us feel good so the lyrics are aimed at the emotions.  Many popular Christian books say so much about experiences and feelings.  Preachers preach with emotion and feeling and they preach to people's emotions and feelings.  I've heard… Continue reading Feeling is not a Fruit (Or: Feelings and the Faith)

Various Ways to Faith

I've often heard it said that though there is only one way to the Father - through Jesus - there are many ways to Jesus.  In other words, there are various ways people come to faith in Christ.  Therefore, we should never make our experience of coming to Christ a paradigm for others when they… Continue reading Various Ways to Faith

Focusing on Feelings?

Here are some helpful words from a helpful book: "One of the most common tendencies for those with depression is to focus on feelings and to base beliefs and conclusions on those feelings.  This is especially true of Christians.  For example, they may feel forsaken and conclude that they are forsaken.  Also, in an effort… Continue reading Focusing on Feelings?