Common (Detrimental) Thinking Errors

Here's a fascinating book I recently finished reading: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression by Monique Thompson. What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)? It's pretty simple. CBT is a type of therapy that deals with a person's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. There are specific goals in CBT and it has to do with a person's present… Continue reading Common (Detrimental) Thinking Errors

Emotions, Depression, and Body/Soul (Borgman)

One major part of being human is having emotions and feelings. We all have emotions. From joy to anger to terror to elation, we experience a range of emotions each day. Although the words "emotion" or "emotions" aren't found in biblical Hebrew or Greek, there are plenty of biblical words that convey emotion (e.g. despair,… Continue reading Emotions, Depression, and Body/Soul (Borgman)

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