Praying for Healing? A Dialogue with J. Todd Billings (1 of 2)
Praying for healing is a controversial topic because it is difficult to know how to pray for someone with an incurable illness. Should “incurable” even be part of a Christian vocabulary? What does it mean to pray with someone rather than pray for someone? What theological assumptions undergird the way we pray? Do we believe in the power of prayer or the power of God? What is the role of prayers of lament? J. Todd Billings is joined by Taylor Worley and Geoff Fulkerson in discussing these questions and offering practical guidance for walking with people who are suffering.
J. Todd Billings (PhD Harvard) is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. An ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, Dr. Billings’ interests include Reformed theology, the sacraments, salvation, and theological hermeneutics. His first book, Calvin, Participation, and the Gift (Oxford, 2007) won a 2009 Templeton Award for Theological Promise. His most recent book, Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ (Brazos Press, 2015), combines personal narrative with rich theological discourse to profound affect.
Taylor Worley (PhD St. Andrews) serves as Associate Vice President for Spiritual Life and University Ministries, Associate Professor of Christian Thought, and Managing Director for the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University. Taylor earned a Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Andrews with a concentration in theological aesthetics and most recently taught for seven years at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
Geoff Fulkerson (PhD cand. Trinity) serves as the Assistant Director of the Henry Center.