The following articles are related to the topic of HEALING

Principles of Interpretation: The “Expansion” Concept

It is rarely the case (if ever) that the entire body of truth, relative to a doctrinal matter, is found neatly compacted in one contextual location. In researching a biblical theme, therefore, one must gather the available data pertaining to an issue from various sources, systematically harmonize whatever the Scriptures say about the subject, and then take the whole. One ... read more »

Why Couldn’t Jesus Perform Miracles in His Hometown?

Both Matthew and Mark state that Jesus left the region near the sea of Galilee and came "into his own country" (Matthew 13:54; Mark 6:1). Undoubtedly this has reference to the environs of Nazareth, the city in which Christ grew up in the home of Joseph and his mother, Mary. In connection with the Lord's visit to this region Mark ... read more »

Those “Testimonies” Regarding Miracles

They flow from my computer and across my desk. I am speaking of those "testimonies"; testimonies that detail the most incredible "supernatural experiences" imaginable. These experiences supposedly have happened to the correspondents personally or, more often than not, to someone they know, or about whom they have heard. One gentleman tells of the time when his father accidentally cut off ... read more »

O Woman, Great Is Your Faith!

Jesus Christ and His disciples were under considerable pressure. The hostility of the Jews had intensified. Hence, the Master and His men withdrew into the borders of Tyre and Sidon (in Phoenicia) to the northwest of Canaan. Here the Lord encountered a remarkable woman, of whom He exclaimed: "O woman, great is your faith." With such a tribute from the ... read more »

Judas Iscariot: From Apostle to Apostate

There is likely no character in the Bible who lives in such infamy as that of Judas Iscariot. But the treachery of the traitor is not the entire story, though it is most prominently displayed. Unfortunately the dark side has become the exclusive characterization of Calvinists. This article will consider two aspects of Judas: First, it will examine the well-known ... read more »

Elisha and the Lads of Bethel

In the book of 2 Kings, there is an intriguing narrative that has generated considerable controversy. Concerning the prophet Elisha, the text reads as follows: And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, ... read more »

Why I Don’t Believe in Miracles

The affirmation cited above reflects the title of a recent article that appeared in Newsweek magazine (Hefner 2000, 61). It was authored by Philip Hefner, a professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Hefner's essay is mostly about his objections to "miracles" today, based upon his observations of the regularity of nature, his association with ... read more »

Science and the Power of Prayer

In recent years much public attention has been directed to the so-called "scientific studies" of the validity of prayer. One of the more widely publicized reports involves "experiments" performed by Dr. Randolph Byrd. Supposedly, Byrd's ten-month study, involving 393 patients at San Francisco General Hospital, demonstrated the therapeutic effect of "intercessory prayer." Coronary patients were divided into two groups. One ... read more »

The Hope of Immortality

Throughout the many centuries of earth's history, rational men and women have entertained the belief that death does not terminate human existence. A commonly shared conviction, of course, does not necessarily provide proof of a proposition. Before the age of scientific investigation, vast multitudes believed the earth to be flat, but such a persuasion did not alter reality of our ... read more »

Didn’t Paul Command, “Forbid not to speak in tongues”?

In a former article , we responded to an inquiry dealing with the nature of the gift of "speaking in tongues," as such is set forth in Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 12-14; etc.In rejoinders to our article, several courteous readers wrote to us, essentially asking this question: "Why do you forbid to speak in tongues, when the Bible says, 'Forbid ... read more »