Living in the Light: Money, Sex, and Power: Review

Kyle Johnston

What is the gravitational center of your life? What do your desires focus on; what do your affections revolve around? Here’s another way to think about this: what are the planets in your life, and what is the sun? And are the planets properly aligned to the sun? Secondly, if the planets of money, sex, and power have flown off their God-ordained orbits, how can they be returned to their suitable place? Continue reading

Does Biblical Counselling Have a Future in South Africa?

Kyle Johnston

In this post we hear from one of the presenters who is scheduled for the Biblical Counseling Coalition’s Global Summit, June 5-7, 2016. To interact more with Kyle’s insights on the international scope of biblical counseling, please consider joining the conversation at the Summit, either on site in the suburbs of Chicago or online. We hope you can join us! Continue reading

Weekend Resource: Relationally Wise Pastoral Care

Kyle Johnston

Do you want to build stronger relationships? Become a more valued influence in the lives of those you love and shepherd? Be able to navigate the uncomfortable tensions and inevitable conflicts that often occur in pastoral care? In short, would you like to become more skilful in your relationships? If you’re like me, the answer is a clear and unambiguous “Yes!” But while I know I need more godly skill (wisdom) in all my relationships, it’s often quite hard to translate that desire into real-life relational skills. How do I actually become a wiser counselor, a wiser pastor, and a wiser friend? Continue reading

Restoring the Gospel to a Place of Primacy in Pastoral Counselling: Biblical Counselling in South Africa

Kyle Johnston

You’re reading the first of a multipart BCC Grace & Truth blog miniseries on International Biblical Counseling. Sometimes, because it is international, it will even be spelled with two L’s like this: International Biblical Counselling. That’s the case today as we launch this series with a post by Kyle Johnston about Biblical Counselling in South Africa. Continue reading

The Jubilee Pastoral Care Story

Kyle Johnston

The Jubilee Pastoral Care Story

At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. Throughout January and February, we’re helping you to learn about vital biblical counseling ministries—like today’s post from Kyle Johnston of the Pastoral Care ministry at Jubilee Community Church in Cape Town, South Africa. Continue reading

4 Ingredients of Personal Ministry

Kyle Johnston

4 Ingredients of Personal Ministry

Dr Paul Tripp defines personal ministry as: the “careful ministry of Christ and His Word to the struggles of heart that have been uncovered by good questions from a committed friend.” In this succinct definition, Dr Tripp gives us four of the key ingredients to effective personal ministry. This post considers each ingredient. Continue reading

Our Ministry Goal: Love

Kyle Johnston

Our Ministry Goal - Love

What are you trying to produce through your ministry? Perhaps you are an elder or minister in a local church: how would you describe the aim of your ministry? Perhaps you are a small group leader, a Sunday School teacher, or a biblical counselor—what is the purpose of your ministry? Here’s one way to think about it: What’s your goal for those whom you disciple? Continue reading

Theospection

Kyle Johnston

Easter 2014--Theospection

Engaging in focused times of prayer, fasting, reading, or reflection can be very helpful—for both counselors and counselees. However, there’s one very subtle danger involved in any time of reflection in which we are seeking renewal, and it’s this: renewal is not the result of introspection but theospection. Continue reading