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    FamilyLife Today Interviews Brian Borgman, Author of “Feelings and Faith”

    BrianBorgman.jpgBrian Borgman, author of Feelings and Faith: Cultivating Godly Emotions in the Christian Life recently spoke with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine on FamilyLife Today.You can tune into their three-part conversation or read the transcript here.

    Part one of the interview focuses on sanctifying your emotions. Dennis Rainey says,

    I think every single person who is listening to our broadcast can benefit from a better biblical understanding of how they were made—their emotions. This will help husbands and wives as they relate to each other. Parents are shaping their children to better understand their emotions as well. I think what Brian Borgman has done here is going to be very helpful.

    Part two addresses controlling your emotions and combating sin with Scripture. Borgman, Rainey, and Lepine also reflect on Martin Lloyd-Jones’ words:

    I regard it as a great part of my calling in the ministry to emphasize the priority of the mind and the intellect in connection with the faith. I am equally ready to assert that the feelings, the emotions, the sensibilities, obviously, are of very vital importance. We have been made in such a way that they play a dominant part of our makeup. I suppose that one of the greatest problems in this world, not only for Christians but for all people, is the right handling of our feelings and emotions.

    In part three, Borgman discusses faith-led feelings. He says:

    We cannot determine the will of God by how we feel about something. We cannot determine what’s true by how we feel about something. It’s actually very dangerous to rely on your feelings and then translate that into, ‘This is what God wants me to do. This is what God wants me to believe, and this is how God wants me to obey.’ We know the will of God through the Word of God. It’s the Word of God that’s infallible, not our feelings.

    Transcripts to part I; part II; part III

    About Brian Borgman: Brian Borgman is the founding pastor of Grace Community Church in Minden, NV serving as a youth pastor, a volunteer prison chaplain, and a singles pastor. He is a devout Calvinist, and has a B.A. in biblical studies from Biola University, a Master of Divinity from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Westminster Seminary in California. Brian has authored Feelings and Faith and My Heart for Thy Cause: Albert N. Martin's Theology of Preaching. Brian has a wonderful wife, Ariel, and three beautiful children, Ashley, Zachary and Alex.

    Posted by John on December 3, 2011 01:32 PM

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    A good friend of mine was just telling me about "Feelings and Faith". I hadn't heard of it before then, so I've been looking up reviews and trying to get more information. After reading your blog post, I know that it's a book I'm going to have to buy and read as soon as possible! Thank you for this illuminating post.

    Really enjoyed listening to the interviews.

    FYI the links to the transcripts are reversed: Part 1 link, links to Part 3, and Part 3 link, links to Part 1.

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