Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fox Releases Trailer For The New TV Series “The Exorcist”

Fox Releases Trailer For The New TV Series “The Exorcist”

Naturally I would be cautious of such TV dramatization of exorcisms and the nature of pastoral care that takes place in an ongoing TV series.  One might say that this could bring discussion and awareness to a very rationalistic culture, especially to a culture that cannot even decide on what is "evil."  None the less, I'm interested and very much looking forward to the series with the anticipations of evaluating "Hollywoods" perception of the spiritual world and how they proclaim Christ in a secular TV program.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Joyful Exorcist, How One is Joyful in the Face of Evil

I just this past week I taught the last of 8 hours of study called, "The Joyful Exorcist, How One is Joyful in the Face of Evil."  I had a group of about 45 people.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blog Article: Published Paper Blames Schizophrenia on Demons

One of my friends on Facebook pointed this article out to me.  I thought it was interesting but don't know what to make of it.  In any case, very interesting as I said.  Tap here for the article.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lectures by Dr. Bennett on exocism

Lectures on Issues Etc radio, by Rev. Dr. Robert H. Bennett, PhD., a foremost Lutheran scholar regarding the issue of exorcism.

Link to his site with links to his radio interviews


Can anyone do an exorcism?

It was relegated finally to a particular priest with permission from the Bishop in order to keep the people from acting upon superstitious ideas.  There was evidence in early Christianity that laypeople did exorcisms. In the Bible, exorcisms were done by a variety of people.  One can refer to Matthew 10, Mark 9:38, Luke 11:18-19, Acts 16, 19:11-16.  We can also look at Justin Martyr, Minutius Felix, Origin, and Tertullian.  I believe Luther's theology would suggest that it is your baptism that makes you "eligible" to do an exorcism.

That being said, I recommend the local orthodox Lutheran pastor (no matter his past experiences) who receives good counsel from an experienced exorcist should be the one who acts as exorcist.