Euthanasia for Addiction

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Sadly, the message of the world for addiction is that of an incurable, progressive, fatal disease leading to hopelessness. Therefore, Christians who counsel biblically have a far superior message in the Gospel that provides real hope. Continue reading

Top Ten Posts of All Time – #10

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

You may have said (or heard someone say): “I made the mistake and prayed for patience this morning and got stuck in traffic for two hours today. I learned a very valuable lesson today: never pray for patience!” That’s often the way we think about patience, but what does the Bible say about patience and impatience? Continue reading

Pastoral Responses to Addicts’ Needs

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Dr. Mark Shaw, an ordained minister, certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor, and certified biblical counselor, shared valuable insights in a recent interview to help pastors who are caring for people with drug addictions. Continue reading

Overcoming Addiction: The Importance of Serving Others Mercifully

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

A key transformation principle for anyone seeking to overcome a life-dominating sin is seeking new ways to serve others. Matthew 22:37-40 is clear about loving God and loving others: “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’” Continue reading

Star Wars 7 Awakens “Yearning”

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

When is the last time that you have used the word ‘yearn’ in a sentence? Probably a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Our culture yearns very little. Maybe we like it that way. Maybe we don’t want to yearn anymore. Quite likely, it won’t be long until we delete that word from our vocabulary altogether like a bad ‘selfie’ deleted from our cell phone. Continue reading

The Gospel for Extremists

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Have you had counselees who have blown it? By blown it I mean that after a period of success in battling her particular sin (e.g., anger, depression, sexual sin, an addictive pleasure) your counselee has a moment of weakness where she willfully chooses to love her sin more than her Savior. Continue reading

Would You Rather Deal with An Angry Bear or a Drug-Seeker?

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Vision of Hope is a residential program under the authority of the local church that serves young women in four primary areas: addictions, eating disorders, self-harm habits, and unplanned pregnancy. In today’s post, Dr. Mark Shaw, Executive Director of Vision of Hope, discusses the importance of reaching a lost group of people enslaved to idolatrous sin called addiction and how the church must begin to take steps forward in order to impact the local community and the world. Continue reading

Addicts: An Unreached People Group?

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Addiction Series--Addicts An Unreached People Group

You’re reading the second of a three-part BCC Grace & Truth blog miniseries on Biblical Counseling and Addictions. In today’s post, Dr. Mark Shaw explores whether we should see addicts as an unreached people group and the implications if we do. Continue reading

Memorial Stones of God’s Grace: The Vision of Hope Story

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Memorial Stones of God’s Grace--The Vision of Hope 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. Each day this week our megaphone will help you learn more about a vital biblical counseling ministry—like today’s post from Dr. Mark Shaw of Vision of Hope. Continue reading