November 19, 2017

Archives for November 2005

The Christian and Mental Illness VI: What Does The Gospel Say?

I come to my last post in this series: What does the Gospel say to the mentally ill? What does it say to all human beings about the mentally ill? What does their presence among us tell us about ourselves? How is mental illness related to “true humanity?”

The Christian and the Mental Illness V: The Church and the Mentally Ill

What is the church’s responsibility to the mentally ill? I have concluded that mental illness, despite the potential baggage of the worldview of psychology, is inherently a truthful enough category to be useful in describing a phenomenon in the real world. While there are very controversial and ongoing conversations regarding the Biblical analysis of mental […]

RLP: “There’s Something About The Way You Use The Bible.”

Real Live Preacher penned this short piece in July of 2005. It’s typical of why I admire RLP as one of the finest writers in the Christian blogosphere. “There’s Something About The Way You Use The Bible.” Thank you, Gordon.

“Does The Story Matter?” Revisited

The following essay comes from December of 2004. It is copyrighted, and may not be used except by permission and in its entirety. Do our individual stories matter? It’s an important, humanizing question that I believe Jesus answered profoundly in his ministry. Does The Story Matter?

By Request: “Confessional Essays” From the iMonk

An Incomplete list of “Confessional Essays” published at Internetmonk.com. “The things I thought were so important – because of the effort I put into them – have turned out to be of small value. And the things I never thought about, the things I was never able to either to measure or to expect, were […]

The Christian and Mental Illness IV: Is There Mental Illness In The Bible?

Is there mental illness in the Bible? This question seeks to move us toward the question of mental illness and the Gospel. The focus of the Bible is Jesus Christ. When we talk about anything else as it is presented in the Bible, we must be aware that no matter important it might be to […]

The Christian and Mental Illness III: Is Mental Illness Demonic or the Result of Sin?

Is the Christian view of mental illness to categorize mental illness as the activity of demons and/or the result of sin? This question really goes past a discussion of mental illness into questions of Biblical interpretation that have increasingly troubled Christians in the past century. The seeds for this controversy were sown as Protestant Christians […]

The Christian and Mental Illness II: Is There Such A Thing As Mental Illness?

Because the Bible is authoritative in Christianity, it is often difficult to come to terms with forms of knowledge that ignore the Bible, and especially difficult to deal with systems of knowledge that threaten to transcend or neutralize the Bible. In America, this tension did not fully dawn until the fundamentalist-modernist controversies of the early […]

The Christian and Mental Illness I: Beginning Questions

Several times a week, I have to read folders containing psychological evaluations of prospective students. They are often quite daunting and detailed. The stories range from ordinary to nightmarish and disturbing. I must read and review the psychiatric evaluations and counseling histories of all students who are seeking admission to our school. After reading, I […]

A Pope Calvinists Can Admire and Pray For

BHT reader Bob Myers sent me the text to this article from Banner of Truth Magazine. It is by Westminster West professor Peter Jones, and recalls a meeting some years ago with a certain Vatican Cardinal named Joseph Ratzinger. IM readers who have appreciated my essays on the Roman Catholic Church will enjoy this hopeful […]