4 Portraits of Gospel-Centered Black Church History

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

Lemuel Haynes offers a remarkable example of African American ministerial modeling. Born at West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1753, of a white mother and a black father, Haynes lived his entire eighty years in Congregationalist New England. He completed his indenture in time to serve in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Continue reading

Top Biblical Counseling Books of 2016

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

Here, in alphabetical order, are the top 16 biblical counseling books published in 2016 about biblical counseling or important to biblical counselors.

If you are a counselor, pastor, student, one-another minister, small group leader, or spiritual friend, you want to know the most helpful books about the personal ministry of the Word— using God’s Word for helping hurting people. Continue reading

The Gospel for Daily Life: Martin Luther—Biblical Counselor

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

We are 499 years away from the anniversary of Martin Luther posting The 95 Theses on October 31, 1517. When we think of Luther and “Reformation Day” or “Reformation Sunday,” we often picture Luther the theologian/reformer. Less often, we think of Luther the biblical counselor. Yet, Luther wrote hundreds of letters of spiritual counsel. In fact, Luther’s motive for posting The 95 Thesis was pastoral—shepherding his flock to experience the peace of God the Father through the grace of God the Son. Continue reading

Our Growth in Grace Is a Community Journey

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

Everyone wants to change and grow, but all too frequently we miss the biblical context for growth—the church. The world often tells us, “It takes a village.” God’s Word consistently informs us, “It takes a church.” We can summarize the biblical message like this: Our Growth in Grace Is a Community Journey. Do you want to grow in grace? The Bible teaches that it happens in the Body of Christ. Continue reading

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

A Word from Your BCC Team: Typically on weekends we use our weekend posts either as a “megaphone post” telling you about important biblical counseling events, or as a resource post linking you to new free resources at our site. Occasionally we use our weekend posts like we are today—to update you on some “new news” about the Biblical Counseling Coalition. This weekend, our founding Executive Director and current Resource Director, Bob Kellemen, shares some important news about God’s new direction in his life and ministry. Enjoy! Continue reading

8 Ultimate Life Questions for Gospel-Centered Counseling

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

What does gospel-centered counseling look like? It will take me two books—Gospel-Centered Counseling and Gospel Conversations—to answer that question. But here’s a one-sentence summary: Gospel-centered counseling promotes personal change centered on the Person of Christ through the personal ministry of the Word. Continue reading