5:106: Why Does God Only Heal Conditions that the Body Has the Capability to Heal Naturally?

Co-hosts Katie & Kathryn speak with Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, asking, "Why Does God Only Heal Conditions that the Body Has the Capability to Heal Naturally?"


Welcome back to season five of Enter the Bible, a podcast in which we share “Everything You Wanted to Know about the Bible…but were afraid to ask.”

In episode 7 of season 5, Pastor at Tokyo Lutheran Church and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, Sarah Hinlicky Wilson returns as our guest. Her most recent book is “A Guide to Pentecostal Movements for Lutherans.” She lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan.

Today our theologians will be answering the listener-submitted question, “Why Does God Only Heal Conditions that the Body Has the Capability to Heal Naturally Such as Cancer, but Never Heals Conditions which the Body Does Not Have the Capability to Heal Naturally Such as Loss of Limb?”

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Leviticus
  • Mark 5:21-43
  • Luke 7:11-17
  • Luke 8:43-48
  • John 11

Topics, themes and figures mentioned

  • Healing and Miracles
  • Miracles of Jesus
  • Casting out Demons
  • Healing of Leprosy/Hansen’s Disease
  • Woman with Blood Issues
  • Jarius’ Daughter
  • Widow of Nain
  • Jesus and Lazarus
  • Eschatology
  • Augustin of Hippo
  • God as Redeemer
  • Signs of the Coming Kingdom of God
  • Balaam’s Donkey

Works mentioned/recommended

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Sarah Hinlicky Wilson

Sarah Hinlicky Wilson is Associate Pastor at Tokyo Lutheran Church and Founder of Thornbush Press. She co-hosts the podcast "Queen of the Sciences: Conversations between a Theologian and Her Dad" and writes a quarterly e-newsletter called "Theology & a Recipe." Learn more at www.sarahhinlickywilson.com.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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