September 25, 2017

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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. … [Continue reading...]

“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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]