Feeling Like God: A Spiritual Journey to Emotional Wholeness
"You ought to be ashamed of yourself for teaching such trash! God does not have feelings. He is absolutely perfect and impenetrable. There is no ... Show synopsis "You ought to be ashamed of yourself for teaching such trash! God does not have feelings. He is absolutely perfect and impenetrable. There is no point of contact, of any sort, between God and anything we would identify as human emotion!" This message, left on David Crump's answering machine by an angry phone caller, is the starting point of this investigation into what Scripture actually teaches about emotion and God. An engaging blend of biblical study, historical theology, and personal testimony, Feeling like God takes the reader on a journey to understand God as revealed in Scripture. It shows that following Jesus Christ necessarily means bringing our feelings to God, rather than trying to suppress them, and shows how expressing emotion is something central to what it means to be created in the image of God. David Crump (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor of Religion at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America and served as a pastor at Mountain Springs Community Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 1988-1997. His other books include Jesus the Intercessor: Prayer and Christology in Luke Acts (Baker Books, 1999) and Knocking on Heaven's Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer (forthcoming).