Book Review of Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness by David Powlison

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

When life goes wrong and angry takes over, what do you do? David Powlison has written an eye-opening and unexpected response to that question in his book, Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness. Whether you struggle with little irritations or outright, volatile anger, this book provides biblical wisdom in how to deal fruitfully and honestly with your anger. Continue reading

The Instant Gratification Trap in Counseling, Part 2

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

Delayed gratification does not come easily for most people. It is choosing to resist present comfort for long-term pleasure. The Christian life is a life of deferred gratification. Jesus teaches us to not store up treasures on earth, but to store up treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:19-21). Continue reading

The Instant Gratification Trap in Counseling, Part 1

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

We are born with a desire to gratify ourselves. We are driven by innate desires for food, water, sleep, shelter, fellowship, and communication. This is how civilization develops and progresses. Incredible inventions were created that have made life easier, such as the washing machine and the telephone. Instant gratification is not a new phenomenon. However, our expectation of “instant” is faster than ever. Continue reading

Fear of Failure

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

The fear of failure is rooted in pride. It is self-worship. Three root causes of this phobia are people-pleasing, perfectionism and pessimism. To overcome the fear of failure, one must choose to trust in God, boast in God and hope in God. Continue reading

5 Foundational Spiritual Disciplines of Biblical Counselors

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

Biblical counselors are unique gifts to the church who have a passion to understand who God is and how He works in our lives. However, biblical counselors are only as useful as their growing relationship with the Lord. In order to effectively counsel others biblically, the biblical counselor must possess at least five foundational spiritual disciplines: dependence on the Holy Spirit, dependence on praying, dependence on God’s Word, dependence on worship, and dependence on church fellowship. Continue reading