The Christian & Mental Illness: 3 Responses

by Frank Viola Author Throughout my years of being involved in various and sundry Christian movements and denominations, it seems that Christians understand mental disorders in one of three chief ways: Mental illness is demonic in origin. So the antidote is to cast out the demons that are causing it. Mental illness is psychobabble. There’s…

Viola Calls for Christian Leader Summit

In a recent post on his blog, Viola reflects on the greatest artists of the 1960s and muses: “Why can’t speakers and authors who are turning the sod in the Christian world have places to hang out, dialogue, get to know one another and inspire each other? Name your top 5 favorite authors . . .…

Another Crazy Accusation Against Frank Viola Author

Now someone is accusing Frank Viola of being a Muslim Terrorist. The next accusation will probably be that Viola is an extraterrestrial entity who wants to take over planet earth! “Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.” – Jesus in Luke 6:26  

Evening and Morning

Let’s trace this principle throughout the Bible. Return with me to the creation of the earth. When God created the planet, it was formless and void, and darkness covered the waters. After the darkness, God said, “Let there be light.” Notice that the darkness preceded the light. This establishes an important principle. When God begins…

Deifying a Unique Contribution

Those who are captured by the same spirit they oppose tend to make their unique contribution more important than Jesus Christ Himself. One can talk a great deal about Jesus Christ, and even about the need for knowing Him, and yet betray Him by one’s actions and attitudes toward those who are His. One of…

The Quoter Spiritual Conversational Style

People who use the Quoter SCS hinge any meaningful conversation about God to a particular view of biblical authority. The Quoter SCS simply cannot tolerate a spiritual or theological discussion unless the other party shares his or her own assumptions about how the Bible is to be viewed, and more important, how it’s to be…