If you’ve been following my blog posts over the past month or so, then you know I’ve been sharing a blog mini-series about Empathy Is Biblical. If you’d like to read those original posts, here they are in order:
- You can read Part 1 here: Truth Without Empathy Is Sin.
- You can read Part 2 here: Rich Soul Empathy—Climbing in the Casket.
- You can read Part 3 here: How to Be a Miserable, Non-Empathetic, “Comforter.”
- You can read Part 4 here: What Is Biblical Empathy?
- You can read Part 5 here: The Trinity As Our Model for Empathy.
- You can read Part 6 here: Empathy Is Theological Truth.
- You can read Part 7 here: Empathy’s Companion: Encouragement to Hope in Christ Alone.
- You can read Part 8 here: 4 Characteristics of Christlike Empathizers.
- You can read Part 9 here: 15 Word Pictures of Biblical Empathy.
- You can read Part 10 here: Empathy Q & A.
Your Free 42-Page PDF of the Entire Blog Mini-Series
This mini-series ended up not so mini! When I collated it, the PDF turned into a 42-page document with over 13,000 words. Many of you—scores or hundreds—asked me if I would publish this. Rather than publish it and charge a fee, I’m making this collated resource available to you for free here:
If you’d also like to share the link(s), here’s the longer link and a shortened link:
In case you’re new to this blog mini-series, here’s how I introduced each post:
There’s been some controversy in Evangelical Christian circles this past year about “empathy,” with some saying, “empathy is sinful” and others warning about the dangers of “untethered empathy.” For 36 years (since 1985), I’ve equipped God’s people for compassionate, empathetic one-another care.
So, biblical empathy has been important to me long before the current controversy.
In this blog mini-series, rather than providing a negative critique of writings that say, “empathy is sinful,” I’m seeking to offer a positive presentation of what the Bible says about empathetic one-another care. Simply stated:
- I desire to present a brief, positive, biblical case for biblical empathy—what it is, why it is vital, and how we can minister Christlike empathy to one another.
This connects well to my sense of calling and purpose with RPM Ministries:
- RPM Ministries exists to equip God’s people with Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed resources by sharing a positive presentation of biblical counseling, one-another ministry, and daily Christian living.
With this positive focus in mind, rather than “re-inventing the wheel,” I’m taking this series from the culmination of 36 years of thinking about biblical empathy. I’ve developed this mini-series from several of my published works, including:
- Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ
- Consider Your Counsel: Addressing Ten Mistakes in Our Biblical Counseling
- God’s Healing for Life’s Losses: How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting
- Grief: Walking with Jesus
- Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care
Join the Conversation
Which of the 10 posts in this blog mini-series impacted you the most?
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