A white Crossroads Bible College alumnus started a conversation on Facebook seeking to understand the racial divide. After a few days he decided to close the conversation. Some, many of whom were Christians, could not engage in an edifying conversation.
We are living in a very divisive time. It is a time when Christian compassion, especially within the body of Christ, must provide the needed environment to soften and unite hearts! Continue reading
Since the attacks of 9/11, our nation has been engaged in war for the longest period in our history. As a result, we have a growing number of men and women who have returned from the battlefield struggling with posttraumatic stress.
For many veterans the transition from the battlefield to the home front proves to be very difficult. They struggle with nightmares, sleep disturbances, anger, fear, and sadness over the losses they have suffered. Continue reading
This past December’s BCC retreat addressed a number of provocative counseling methodology questions. As I reflected on these questions, I wondered if there was a single theme that captures what we’re after in our counseling approach. I believe 1 Corinthians 14: 1 is helpful: “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” Much of what we aspire to in our methodology is summed up in those two commands: “Pursue love and speak prophetically.” Continue reading
The year ahead holds a lot of wonderful titles written by biblical counselors. Below is a sample of 2017 biblical counseling books and their descriptions. Continue reading
Christians must forgive. We understand from Matthew 18, and the parable of the “Unmerciful Servant” (Matt. 18:21-35), that Jesus expects us to forgive. But the divine command does not mitigate the emotional difficulty. Forgiveness is hard. That is especially true in cases where there has been a betrayal by a spouse. Continue reading
I was a seventeen-year-old new convert when, as part of a Monday night class in the Jersey Shore Bible Institute in Asbury Park, NJ, I first read Jay Adams’s Competent to Counsel. That book started me down a forty-year path of biblical counseling study. Along my journey of countless books, conferences, courses, and conversations, one dear friend I frequently encountered more than any other has been 1 Corinthians 10:13. I suspect no verse has been cited more frequently by Christ-centered counselors. I would nominate it as the “John 3:16” of biblical counseling. Continue reading
Incarnating means putting something into flesh. Jesus was God incarnate. God put on human flesh or, another way to say it, he was clothed in humanity. In a similar way, as believers, we are called to incarnate Jesus. We are to be clothed in Christ (Romans 13:14). And indeed we are (Galatians 3:27). As believers our lives become testimonies of this truth. Continue reading
I just came back from a week of teaching biblical counseling to a group of pastors-in-training. Some are church planters; some will be serving as staff pastors; some are awaiting assignment. It was a privilege and joy to work with them on both the theology and the practical ministry of biblical counseling, and they were eager and grateful for the training. There are times when ministry is really fulfilling, and this was one of those times. Continue reading
As an organization, our vision is two-fold. We are committed, by the grace of God, to seeing the biblical counseling movement united and advancing in Canada. We believe that along with that goal, we ought to be promoting the practice of speaking God’s truth in love within the entire church family. We are passionate about promoting personal growth, centred on the person of Christ through the public and personal ministry of the Word. Continue reading
Who doesn’t have trouble falling asleep occasionally? What about feeling uneasy at night? Has this happened to you or to a counselee? Have you had a creepy sense someone was watching while you slept? Perhaps not. But you may recall that in your childhood you saw shadows on the wall that looked like monsters. Then you realized that it was created by clothes on the door hook, and you felt relief. Insomnia, uneasy creepy feelings, and imagination all may play into anxiety. The question is, how might a counselor help someone overcome anxiety that has dogged her for several years? Continue reading