Anger: Developing Your Spiritual Ally/Holy Anger: Jacob, Job, Jesus

In Anger: Your Spiritual Ally, Andrew Lester, emeritus professor of pastoral theology and counseling at Brite Divinity School, tries to unhook us from a relationship to anger that is all too common and with which he grew up: “I was carefully taught to ‘be nice,’ and it was clear that being nice meant not expressing anger. As a result, I grew up afraid of anger and uncomfortable around conflict.” Many churches collude in such unhelpful teaching. In our anxious times it may be that people increasingly imagine that a church should provide a refuge from conflict—should be a gathering where everyone is unfailingly nice. Yet when congregations and their members are unable to have conflicts and resolve them openly, their lives tend to be superficial and drained of energy.

 

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