Thoughtful about faith
Passionate about Jesus
In this episode, licensed counselor Shannon Plate gives us tools for how to listen so others feel heard. This includes the role of empathy, how to respond non-judgmentally, how to prepare internally and externally to listen well, and how to apply all of this with children as well.
Shannon Plate is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a private practice in Palatine, IL. She is an author and speaker, teaching on how to improve communication and demonstrate understanding in personal relationships, in business, and in ministry. She has a passion for empathy in all forms and believes it to be a vital part of how we can fight disconnection and show care for others in our fast-moving world.
Seeing By The Light
How can we understand God’s revelation to us?
Throughout the church’s history, theologians have often answered this question by appealing to a doctrine of illumination whereby the Holy Spirit shapes our knowledge and understanding of Scripture. Without denying the role of the Holy Spirit or the cognitive role of illumination, Ike Miller casts a broader vision of divine illumination and its role in the Christian life. In his constructive approach, Miller argues for a fully Trinitarian view of illumination that forms not just our intellect, but also appeals to the affections and encourages our ethical action.
In order to develop this theology of illumination, he explores both Augustine’s and Karl Barth’s readings of the Gospel and Epistles of John, including Barth’s previously untranslated lectures on the Gospel of John. In light of his careful study of both the Johannine literature and the theologies of two giants from Christian history, Miller lays out a doctrine of illumination whereby we are enabled to know the Father and participate in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.