"God and Your Brain" Seminar
In this three-part seminar, recorded live at Hamilton Community Church, Chattanooga, TN on November 9, 2013, Christian psychiatrist Dr. Tim Jennings explores how our brains are in a constant state of flux and how our view of God changes us, physically and spiritually. As you watch these professionally produced presentations you will discover how your beliefs change your brain wiring, your physical health, and how even certain genes are turned on and off.
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Bible Genocide & A God of Love
Can you please explain the genocide that occurs in the Old Testament. For example God orders the Israelites to go and wipe out certain nations. The reason held is because if they dont then the influence on the Israelites will lead them away from God. How do you reconcile this order with the picture of a loving God?
Thank you for your question, one that has troubled many. We have difficulty with these Old Testament events for a couple of reasons. One, we don’t get as much information as is available about what transpired at that time and two, we have a restricted view of time.
God’s intention for Israel was that they would be a nation of priests who ministered God’s remedy, love and truth, to bring salvation (life, not death) to the world, including the nations around them.
Although the whole earth is mine, you [Israel] will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ (Exodus 19:5,6)
...For my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. (Isaiah 56:7)
God’s plan was for Israel to be a source of truth, love, and life to all the peoples of the world, not an army that brings death. Remember how some who responded were brought into Israel, such as Rahab and Ruth?
Yet, when they left Egypt to go to the Promised Land, that land was occupied by others. How was Israel to possess this land without war and killing? God had a plan that did not require Israel to kill anyone:
I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. (Exodus 23:28-30)
But the children of Israel did not trust God and did not follow His plan. They insisted on going to war. They insisted on attacking the nations around them. Knowing they were bent on conquest, conflict and war, God sought to limit the pain, suffering and damage – to both the enemies of Israel and Israel itself.
Consider for a moment soldiers returning from combat and how they suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. War is damaging, not just to those killed, but to those who survive – the victors as well as the conquered.
God wanted to minimize the damage to all His children, Jew and non-Jew. God wanted as few people as possible to experience the horrors of war. But how when you have people bent on war?
A Book Review: The God-Shaped Brain
This book review appears in the Western Australia Conference's offical newletter for November, 2013... and surprisingly by the general manager of one of the Adventist Book Centers! Read the PDF below…
"The God-Shaped Brain" now on sale!
In this book Dr. Tim Jennings introduces you to the Integrative, Evidence-Based approach of understanding scripture. This method harmonizes scripture, science, and experience. He presents the Great Controversy over God's character and contrasts the two views of His Law, documenting the impact each view has upon neuro-development, mental health, and physical and relationship health. He presents a complete atonement model explaining why Christ had to die and answers questions, contrasting the various views about our origins, judgment, punishment, and God's wrath, identifying which one can heal any kind of person.
The last chapter entitled, "Buddha, Jesus and The Brain," explores the difference in how Buddha and Jesus dealt with their confrontation with death and the significant impact on brain function and structure that eastern meditation has compared to Biblical meditation.
This book makes a compelling, evidenced-based case for a God of love and His methods of love. It is easy to understand and brings to a practical level why it is so important to live in harmony with God and his design for life.
The publisher, InterVarsity Press, has not translated this book into any other languages or audio versions at this time.
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Biblical Keywords: Comparing Definitions
Many times on issues like justice, judgment, atonement, satisfaction, etc. we encounter conflicts with others who seem to not appreciate or oppose what we are saying. In our Bible study class we have for some months now explored truth by contrasting the two ways God’s law is viewed – natural or imposed. It struck me that comparing how these key words are defined under these two opposing law constructs would help clarify much of the terminology used in Scripture and expose why there is so much confusion. To that end I’ve created a chart of these biblical keywords and concepts and compare how they are defined under each of these views of God's Law. Click Here to get it!
Modern Medicine, Biblical Technology, and the Brain
Last year Come And Reason and Heartwise held a joint public seminar titled, "Modern Medicine, Biblical Technology, and the Brain." It is now available on DVD as a professionally recorded, edited, and packaged two-disc set. Included is a special DVD of Dr. Jennings' Let's Talk presentation on Domestic Violence in the Church.
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Love, Truth, and Freedom Study Guides
Our second Love, True, & Freedom Bible Study Guide is now available for download and on-line reading as a print-ready PDF!
The topic of this 13 week study is: The Cosmic Conflict Over God's Character, by Drs. Brad and Dorothee Cole, both practicing neurologists. Brad is also a professor of neurology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA.
The Coles have an enormous amount of additional media material authored by them and many others available on thier God's Character website.
Get your FREE copy of "Love, Truth, & Freedom Bible Study Guide: The Cosmic Conflict" here!
FREE! "Healing the Mind" DVDs
The Come and Reason Ministries is offering a limited number of Dr. Jennings' Healing the Mind DVDs (3 discs) at no cost for those who wish to make it part of a church or school library or anyone who wishes to use them for local evangelism and ministry.
C&R Teams Up With Heartwise
HeartWise Ministries, located in Chattanooga, TN, is dedicated to helping God’s children find the Biblical truth in this over-marketed society. Because they have no affiliations, they are a unique ministry in today’s world for those seeking this truth that leads to love, which is the ultimate path to healing for both the physical body and spiritual self.
To this end Heartwise has invited Dr. Tim Jennings, President of Come And Reason Ministires, to participate as a guest speaker and blogger. You can follow Dr. Jennings blogs on the Heartwise website at HeartwiseMinistires.org and view his television appearances by going to Come And Reason's media center > video menu.