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The Forgiveness Factor
In SHOAH,CLAUDE LANZMANN'S DOCUMENTARY on the Holocaust, a leader of the Warsaw ghetto uprising talked about the bitterness that remains in his soul over how he and his neighbors were treated by the Nazis." if you could lick my heart, " he says, "it would poison you."
Researchers are finding that this holocaust survivor's sentiments is not necessarily metaphorical. while the biblical practice of forgiveness is usually preached as a Christian obligation. Social scientists are discovering that forgiveness may help lead to victim's emotional and even physical healing and wholeness...
Gary Thomas, Pastor, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Western Washington University in 1984. He studied under the Christian theologian J. I. Packer at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, receiving a master's degree in 1988 in systematic theology. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, in 2006 in recognition of his contributions made in the field of spiritual formation. Thomas is a regular teaching pastor at Second Baptist Church Houston, the fourth-largest church in the United States in 2013, with over 21,000 in weekly attendance. Thomas is the author of 20 published books. His most notable works include Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, and Authentic Faith.