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Feelings and Faith: Cultivating Godly Emotions in the Christian Life (Borgman)

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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.


Table of Contents:

Part One: A Biblical-theological Foundation for Understanding Our Emotions

1. The Character of God

2. The Character of the Living Word and the Written Word

3. A Biblical Anthropology and the Emotions

Part Two: Biblical Sanctification and Our Emotions

4. Our Emotions and the Authority of God’s Word

5. The Foundation and Priority of Truth

6. A Sound Theology of Christian Experience

7. How to Handle the Emotions through Truth

Part Three: Mortifying Ungodly Emotions

8. An Introduction to Mortifying Ungodly Emotions

9. Sinful Anger

10. Unforgiveness and Bitterness

11. Fear, Anxiety, and Worry

12. Depression

Part Four: Cultivating Godly Emotions

13. An Introduction to Cultivating Godly Emotions

14. Jesus Our Pattern, Part 1

15. Jesus Our Pattern, Part 2  

16. Renewing Our Minds

17. The Emotions and Worship

18. The Emotions and Preaching

19. The Emotions and Faith-building Relationships

20. The Emotions and the Word and Prayer

21. The Emotions and Reading, Meditation, and Imagination

Appendix 1: Divine Impassibility: Is God Reality without Passions?

Appendix 2: A Biography Bibliography 



Brian S. Borgman (DMin, Westminster Seminary California) is the founding pastor of Grace Community Church in Minden, Nevada. He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Biola University (La Mirada, CA), a Master of Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (Portland, OR) and a Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Seminary (Escondido, CA). He is the author of My Heart for Thy Cause. He and his wife have three children and live in northwestern Nevada.



"Brian Borgman has written a wonderfully Christ-centered and God-glorifying book about how, by God's grace, to restore your emotions to God's image. Feelings and Faith paints a biblically accurate picture of, as the Puritan pastors expressed it, 'holy emotions.' It does not dismiss emotions as some do nor does it worship emotions as some do. This is an important book and I highly recommend it." - Martha Peace, biblical counselor; author, The Excellent Wife

"Here is a readable but comprehensive study that unites in biblical friendship the Christian's theology and experience. With the heart of a pastor, Brain Borgman offers an emotional life line that will stabilize your heart and support your faith. Faith and Feelings needs to be in your personal library. I will return to it time and again-so will you!" - Jani Ortlund, Executive Vice President, Renewal Ministries; author, Fearlessly Feminine and His Loving Law, Our Lasting Legacy

"Martyn Lloyd-Jones taught us that if we see truth clearly, we must feel it. Authentic faith in the supreme, indomitable goodness of God in sending Jesus Christ as our substitute and redeemer necessarily transforms our feelings. The Holy Spirit awakens earnest love for others from a pure heart (I Peter 1:22), joyful acceptance of loss (Heb. 10:34), and cheerful generosity (II Cor. 9:7). Pastor Brian Borgman's Feelings and Faith stands in the great tradition of Desiring God by John Piper and Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Borgman clearly sets forth the foundational role of truth, unpacks a robust theology of Christian experience, and provides examples of how to mortify sinful emotions and cultivate godly ones. I highly recommend this book." - Alex Chediak, Associate Professor of Engineering and Physics, California Baptist University; Author, With One Voice