The Culture of Abuse in Christian Slavic Marriages

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

Last weekend, my daughter and I attended a three-day Christian Slavic women’s retreat. Predictably, discussion turned to Lyuba Savenok, who was brutally murdered by her husband Yeveginy in May 2016 after years of verbal and physical torment. Both Lyuba and her husband were active members of their Minnesota church, to whom Lyuba had reported the abuse before filing a restraining order. What makes the Savenoks’ story so tragic is not just the shocking nature of the crime, but rather how familiar her situation was to many women married to Slavic men. Continue reading

Biblical Counseling Thrives in the Land of the Eagle

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

For this post, Marie interviewed Tim Pasma, Brad Brandt, and Sue and Blair Alvidrez in order to share with us how biblical counseling is growing in Albania.

“As a young person, reading about Albania fascinated me because the nation claimed to be 100% atheist,” said Timothy Pasma, Senior Pastor at LaRue Baptist Church in Ohio. Continue reading

“There’s an App for That” – When A Social Media Identity Overshadows Identity in Christ

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

Several years ago, while interviewing girls for her book Lies Young Women Believe, author Nancy Leigh Demoss noted a budding problem: Christian teens, even girls active in their churches, freely admitted to being a “different person” online than they were in front of adults, Christian friends, and youth leaders. Many admitted to saying and doing things on social media (which was still in its early stages) that they would never do in person and to using such platforms to hide behind a “false self.” Continue reading

Equipping Albanian Counselors with Grace and Truth: Getting to Know Rev. Genci Cesula

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

Rev. Genci Cesula is the pastor of “Kisha e Hirit” (“Grace Church”) in Tirana, Albania. He has been instrumental in bringing biblical counseling to Albania and is one of several pastors in the country completing ACBC certification. Genci has established the Albanian branch of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, “Koalicioni i Këshillimit Biblik Shqiptar,” and in conjunction with the Board and ACBC Fellows he has organized several training conferences in Albania. He and his wife Arta have a daughter and two sons. The Biblical Counseling Coalition is pleased to introduce you to our friend and co-laborer for the gospel in Tirana. Continue reading

A Grief Like No Other: When a Friend Loses a Child

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

So many of my friends have gone through the unspeakable agony of losing a child—whether in vitro, in infancy, or adolescence—but this is a lonely, solitary agony that even those closest to the parent cannot really shoulder. We want to enter into grief with a friend, and yet cannot fully. Empathy is the closest we can come. Continue reading

Gospel Grace for the Eating-Disordered Woman, Part 2

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

Gospel Grace for the Eating-Disordered Woman, Part 2

You’re reading Part 2 of a two-part BCC Grace & Truth blog miniseries on eating disorders by Marie Notcheva. In the first part of this series, we considered the faulty thinking and “idolatry” behind eating disorders. In the second, we consider some gospel-centered differences in how to counsel anorexic and bulimic women. Continue reading

Understanding “The Monster Within”: Eating Disorders, Part 1

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

Understanding The Monster Within--Eating Disorders Part 1

You’re reading Part 1 of a two-part BCC Grace & Truth blog miniseries on eating disorders by Marie Notcheva. In the first part of this series, we will consider the faulty thinking and “idolatry” behind eating disorders; in the second, we will consider some gospel-centered differences in how to counsel anorexic and bulimic women. Continue reading

No Grey Area in 50 Shades of Grey

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

No Grey Area in 50 Shades of Grey

We are about to see a new wave of counseling cases because of 50 Shades of Grey, and here’s why: Christian women are reading this tripe at the same rate as the general population. A Barna survey shows that 9% of American adults have read 50 Shades, and the statistic is exactly the same for professing Christians. Shocked? Screenings for the movie sold out fastest in Bible Belt cities, too. This is not a demographic—these are our sisters in Christ. There is something desperately wrong when a Christ-follower chooses to put this kind of material in her mind. Let’s consider three specific “heart issues” involved with choosing to read or watch 50 Shades. Continue reading