From the desk of Dr. Jake...
Did you know that, before I began doing clinical work full time, I served as a local church pastor for 13 years? I have a passion for biblical theology — seeing the big story of God's work in the world, especially as it points to Jesus.
In fact, my intrigue and interest in neuroscience was built upon this passion for theology. When I first encountered research on interpersonal neurobiology, I was struck by the parallels to truths that I already believed because I saw them in the Bible. At first I thought it must surely be coincidence, or that I was misunderstanding what I was reading. But the deeper I went, the more I saw the reality: the Bible and neurobiology are telling us the same story.
I was hooked. I had to learn more.
I already had a Master of Divinity, which included the study of ancient Hebrew and Greek. So next, I got a Master's of Theology with a specialization in biblical spirituality. After earning these degrees, I got my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My formal educational endeavors to study the story of human connection culminated in my doctoral research, in which I examined the intersection of affective social neurobiology and spiritual formation.
I share all of that to say this... I have thought deeply about how we are designed by God for relationships, fearfully and wonderfully made for connection. In this webinar, I'm going to present it all through one overarching narrative account.
This is my first overtly faith-based webinar. I am offering this because so many people have heard bits and pieces of thoughts on this topic and requested more.
Even if you're skeptical of matters of faith, I hope you'll join me. Consider the beauty of the story I'll tell. Perhaps you'll find in it some answers to questions you don't even know you're asking.