The Blessing of Serving in Multiethnic Ministry

Nicolas Ellen

In this post Nicolas Ellen reminds us to make discipleship—rather than race or ethnicity—the focus of our private ministries of the Word. This is important as our world becomes “smaller” through increased travel and broader Internet-based communications. There are, of course, differences in cultures that we must keep in mind as we share the Scriptures with other people. Wise ministry requires that we figure out how to present the transcultural message of the gospel in an understandable way, and this is where understanding differences in cultures is important. To that end, we encourage you to consider registering for the upcoming Global Summit in June. Visit the website at http://bccglobalsummit.org. Continue reading

4 Ways to Unite Preaching and Biblical Counseling

Nicolas Ellen

Pulpit and Personal Ministry of the Word--4 Ways to Unite Preaching and Biblical Counseling

You’re reading the fourth of a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Uniting the Pulpit Ministry of the Word and the Personal Ministry of the Word. This series demonstrates that both preaching and biblical counseling are Word-based ministries. In Part One, Pastor Kevin Carson described how preaching helps counseling. In Part Two, Pastor Steve Viars explained how counseling helps preaching. In Part Three, Pastor Kevin Hurt pictures the beautiful synergy that occurs when these two Word-based ministries are united. Now in Part Four, Pastor Nicolas Ellen outlines four ways of connecting these two Word-based ministries. Continue reading

The Mission and Motivation of the College of Biblical Studies

Nicolas Ellen

The Mission and Motivation of the College of Biblical Studies

You’re reading the eighth in a multi-part BCC Grace & Truth blog series on Biblical Counseling Education and Equipping. These posts are written by leading biblical counseling equippers/educators. In today’s post, Nicolas Ellen of The College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas shares about The Mission and Motivation of the College of Biblical Studies. Continue reading

Celebrating Black History

Nicolas Ellen

Black Church History - Celebrating Black History

You’re reading Part Two in a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog series for Black History Month. These diverse posts all share in common a passion to help us to learn from the legacy of Black Church history. Today, in Part Two, Dr. Nicolas Ellen encourages us to expand our thinking about the contributions of the great cloud of African American witnesses who have gone before us. Continue reading

Do You Remember the Nature of Your Calling?

Nicolas Ellen

Can you remember the day you put your faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ to save you from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and one day the presence of sin? Oh how life changed forever! We were once enemies of God and now we are called His children. So, how are you doing in relation to your call? Is amazing grace still amazing?
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4 Wisdom Principles for Dealing with Your Past

Nicolas Ellen

God has called us to a higher calling; He is moving us to a higher place; He is taking us somewhere that we have never been before, and He is giving us a peace that surpasses all understanding. Let go of the past, and pursue Him for the future. Rest assured that it will change your outlook, you attitude, and your actions towards God and others. Continue reading