Feelings and Faith
Cultivating Godly Emotions in the Christian Life
A book that masterfully weaves together biblical exposition and practical application, to demonstrate how emotions relate to the Christian life. Feelings and Faith are not only too often confused, they are too often treated as though one matters and the other doesn’t.
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.
“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
Part 1: 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) Biblical Anthropology and the Emotions
Part 2: 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 3: 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 4: Cultivating Godly Emotions
- 13) An Introduction to Cultivating Godly Emotinos
- 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 Really without Passions?
Appendix 2: A Biography Bibliography
“As Christians, who hasn’t been confused about the relationship between our faith and our feelings? Are feelings an incredibly important part of your faith, giving you heart-felt ways to express love to God and others, or are they actually to be jettisoned from your faith, being perceived as something dangerous in your relationship to Christ? In this immensely profitable book, Brian Borgman, a very sure-footed guide to this topic, biblically and precisely explains the concept of emotion and how it is to be integrated into one’s walk with the Lord. I know of no other book quite like it. All at once, it is Scriptural, wise, clear, pastoral, transparent, and compelling.
This is a great resource for instance, for a pastor who desires help in skillfully shepherding his sheep. It is also a wonderful help for a discipler and/or counselor who wants to instruct his disciples and counselees with their fears, worries, and anxieties. Even further, the principles in this work should prove to be of real, lasting value to any believer in Jesus who earnestly yearns to first grasp and then harness his or her own emotions within the context of a sensate culture that is quickly careening out of emotional control. For all who read this book, we should genuinely applaud Pastor Borgman’s diligent efforts in now bringing us the most helpful volume available on the subject of Faith and Feelings.”
— Lance Quinn, Pastor-Teacher, The Bible Church of Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas