- Examines implications of the cross for healing and restoration
- Shows why Jesus fully understands your hurts
- Shows what Jesus teaches us about responding to pain and suffering
- Highlights real-life stories
- Accessible and relevant
- Draws on principles of psychology
- Communicates the doctrine of the cross
"By his wounds we are healed"—Isaiah 53:5.
We are wounded people. In this fallen world, people are hurt and exploited. Children are abused. Marriages are broken. Tragedies of all kinds afflict us and the ones we love. Woundedness, it seems, is simply a fact of life.
But we are not alone in our suffering. Despite our emotional, psychological and physical injuries, God has not abandoned us. God is not distant or aloof. On the contrary, through the ministry of Jesus, God enters our painful situations to bring healing and redemption.
Balancing sound biblical exposition with sensitive pastoral care, Stephen Seamands examines the profound implications of Jesus' crucifixion for our healing and restoration. Because Jesus experienced abuse, shame and rejection, He understands the hurts we experience today. And His response to pain and suffering gives us hope that we too can experience forgiveness and new life.
Filled with real-life stories of people's brokenness and healing, Wounds That Heal offers comfort for our wounded souls. Ultimately, we take heart that God not only understands our pain but has done something about it. Encounter here the promise that the wounds of Jesus are wounds that heal.
About the Author
Stephen Seamands received a B.A. from Asbury College, 1970; a M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, 1972; a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1974; and a Ph.D. from Drew University, 1983. He is currently professor of Christian Doctrine at Asbury Theological Seminary and has served there since 1983.
Dr. Seamands was the 2005-2006 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award at Asbury Seminary. His book, Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service, received the 2006 Christianity Today Award of Merit for books in the area of church and pastoral leadership.
Before coming to Asbury Seminary, Dr. Seamands pastored United Methodist churches in New Jersey for 11 years. He also pastored Hebron United Methodist Church in Kentucky from 1984 to 1986. He is an ordained elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
In addition to teaching and working with seminary students, Dr. Seamands is actively engaged in leading seminars and retreats and conducting spiritual renewal events in local churches across the United States. He has a particular interest in theological and spiritual renewal within the United Methodist church, as well as the larger body of Christ. He also has a deep concern for the spiritual needs of pastors and Christian leaders.
Seaman's workshops, The Healing Power of Forgiveness and Overcoming Barriers to Experiencing God’s Love, which he has presented at scores of churches and conferences, have ministered deeply to the brokenness in people’s lives. He is regularly involved in what he describes as a ministry of healing prayer to seminary students. His books include Christology and Transition in the Theology of Edwin Lewis, Holiness of Heart and Life and A Conversation with Jesus.