If you haven't been part of an abusive church, consider yourself blessed. Sadly, they are out there, and all too common. And possibly, you ARE a part of an abusive church but you have normalized the experience. That would be a problem. But how do abusive churches develop. Mostly they are created at the top … Continue reading A Link Between Abusive Families and Abusive Churches?
Try looking up "Pastoral Theology" with an internet search engine and get ready for confusion. With Google, the dictionary function gives the following definition: Christian theology that considers religious truth in relation to spiritual needs. This definition is not horrible but every part of it is so vague that one wonders who would find it … Continue reading So What is Pastoral Theology Anyway?
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
<Originally posted a few months ago on another of my blogs.> Years ago, I wrote a little article for our counseling center’s journal entitled, “Divine Intervention: The Flight of Elijah in Dialogue with Crisis Care.” You can see the article HERE. I noted the story of God’s dealing with Elijah in his escape from Samaria … Continue reading PTSD and the Bible
Article and Presentation I wrote a couple of years back for your consideration
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
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