The Link Between Abusive Churches and Abusive Families

I have been long interested in the characteristics of abusive churches. But in addition to the characteristics of abusive churches, I am interested in how abusive churches have developed their methodologies. It has long been noted that the behavior of many abusive churches mirror some of the sophisticated methods used by repressive governments and ideological … Continue reading The Link Between Abusive Churches and Abusive Families

Correlation of Theology and Pastoral Care in Community

Correlation is described by Paul Tillich as: Theology formulates the questions implied in human existence, and theology formulates the answers implied in divine self-manifestation under the guidance of the questions implied in human existence. This is a circle which drives man to a point where question and answer are not separated. Paul Tillich, "Systematic Theology," … Continue reading Correlation of Theology and Pastoral Care in Community

Pastoral Theology Background

There are many ways to categorize theology within the Christian context. Biblical Theology  (Theology drawn from the Bible and its context) Historical Theology (Theology as it relates to the history of the church) Philosophical Theology (Theology drawn more from reason or general revelation) Systematic Theology (Theology that draws from the above sources and then compiles … Continue reading Pastoral Theology Background

Pastoral Care or Spiritual Care…

There is an on-going controversy regarding what term is preferable, “Pastoral Care” or “Spiritual Care.” For some people this has become quite a heated issue. I have no interest in stoking this fire, and certainly encourage ministers and lay ministers to use the term they prefer. The use of the term “spiritual care” is often … Continue reading Pastoral Care or Spiritual Care…