Intersections

Ministry to Trauma Victims: Lessons from the Prophet Joel Part 2

by: 
Marina H. Hofman, PhD

In the first part of this reflection into how Joel responds to trauma, we have seen seemingly innocent people experiencing a national crisis. We have also seen a prophetic encouragement to return to God in the midst of trauma. In this second part, we consider the implications of this biblical model for us today.

Ministry to Trauma Victims: Lessons from the Prophet Joel, Part I

by: 
Marina H. Hofman, PhD

Ministry in the context of trauma can be a challenge. Having survived a devastating traumatic event myself, and having a profession that requires me to respond to students who face trauma every semester, the question of how to respond to situations when it seems there is nothing suitable to say is always before me.

Although sometimes trauma occurs as the consequence of unwise decisions, many traumatic situations impact people who are seemingly innocent. This is also the case with the prophet Joel who ministers during a time of a locust plague that has created a nation-wide crisis. As John Barton observes with regard to Joel’s message:

5 Questions: Bioethical Education Beyond the Need for Response

by: 
Keith W. Plummer, PhD

Q: How would you describe your role in Christian education? What role do issues in medicine and technology play in your teaching?

A: I’m a member of Cairn University’s School of Divinity where I mainly teach college students. The courses I teach most are apologetics (which all students have to take regardless of their major) and hermeneutics. I also teach a grad class on pastoral counseling. I periodically teach a course on theology and technology in which we explore what technology is and try to situate it and its effects in the biblical/theological framework of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation.

Understanding and Ministering to Church Members Who Need Organ Transplants

by: 
Mark Farnham, PhD

I received the phone call from my doctor that changed my life when I was only 38 years old. I had End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and would need a kidney transplant within the year, or else begin dialysis until a kidney could be found. I was floored. I thought I was perfectly healthy. In addition, I knew absolutely nothing about kidney disease or organ transplantation. I was blindsided, and my wife and young children were terrified that this disease might result in my early death.

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