Brian Borgman weaves together biblical exposition and practical application to demonstrate how emotions relate to the Christian life. Emotions are a vital part of what it means to be a human being made in the image of God and redeemed in Jesus Christ. But often our emotions confuse and mislead us. So what is the proper place for emotions in a Christian's walk of faith? In Feelings and Faith, Brian Borgman draws from his extensive biblical knowledge and his pastoral experience to help readers understand both divine and human emotions. After laying a biblical foundation he moves on to practical application, focusing on how Christians can put to death ungodly emotional displays and also cultivate godly emotions. This biblically informed, practical volume is helpful for pastors, counselors, and serious-minded Christians who wish to develop a full-orbed faith that encompasses their emotional life.
About the Author
Brian S. Borgman is the founding pastor of Grace Community Church in Minden, Nevada. He earned the DMin from Westminster Seminary California and is the author of My Heart for Thy Cause. He and his wife have three children and live in northwestern Nevada.
Christians are confused about emotions. Some are convinced that we cannot help the way we feel. Others avoid emotions as dangerous gateways to excess, or simply view them as mere by-products of obedience. In "Feelings and Faith" Brian Borgman seeks to lift the fog of confusion and help the Christian understand God's perspective on the emotions.
In Part 1 Borgman lays the theological foundations for understanding the emotions, arguing: (1) that God is an intensely emotional being; (2) that Jesus Christ, as the God-man, is an example to us of a perfect emotional life; (3) that the Word of God is written to stir us emotionally; (4) that the work of Christ involves redeeming the whole man, which includes conforming us emotionally into the image of Jesus Christ himself.
Part 2 examines sanctification and the emotions. Borgman argues convincingly that God commands us to have and display certain emotions while putting to death ungodly emotions. This is bound to challenge the prevailing view that it is impossible to control our emotions. Borgman argues, however, that since the emotions are intimately tied to our beliefs, values, and judgments, renewing one's mind is essential to emotional change.
In Part 3 Borgman describes how to put to death ungodly emotions. He includes individual chapters on (1) sinful anger, (2) unforgiveness and bitterness, (3) fear, anxiety, and worry, and (4) depression. These chapters display unusual insight rooted in Borgman's many years of pastoral ministry. If you want to grow in your own sanctification and help others, these chapters are a goldmine. Finally, Part 4 details many practical ways that the Christian can cultivate godly emotions in their life.
Brian Borgman has given a great and timely gift to the body of Christ. This book is practical theology at its best, offering real hope to those who "feel" helpless to change their emotional lives. It avoids focusing solely on feelings themselves, and shows how the allegiances of our hearts affect our emotions. Every Christian will profit from this book. Pastors will be better equipped to counsel, and lay people will learn how to fight for joy by killing unbelief. If you are confused about the role of emotions or just want to grow in your faith, "Feelings and Faith" is sure to challenge, instruct, and inspire