How Gratitude Can Grow Out of Grief

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

This morning I had the opportunity to sit down with a couple from our church whose young nephew died in a car accident a few days ago. He was a Marine visiting family members around the country in-between deployments. He had just called his grandpa during a stop for gas and refreshments. Fifteen minutes later he was involved in an accident with a semi-truck and never regained consciousness.

This dear man and wife from our church were with the family in the hospital when their nephew was ushered into eternity. The grief was thick in the air as we rehearsed all they had experienced. Continue reading

The Joy of Eternity

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

We’ve all heard the conversation in one way, shape, or form—when expectant parents are asked whether they are hoping for a boy or girl. The stock answer?” It doesn’t matter, as long as our baby is healthy.” Have you ever wondered how that vignette sounds in the ears of a parent of a child with special needs or worse—the ears of the child himself? So frequently the attention is focused on what is bad, what is wrong, or what is lacking. Continue reading

Putting Your Past in Its Place

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

One of the many encouraging trends in the biblical counseling movement is an increased emphasis on the place of suffering in our model and practice. Much more is being written and said about the sadness and brokenness of life than ever before. I believe our sympathetic Savior is pleased by this development, and it has certainly given me direction as I contemplate what wise pastoral ministry sounds, looks, and feels like with people in my office who are under severe trial. Continue reading

The 88th Note on Religious Rights, Gay Rights: Faith’s Focus after the Supreme Court Decision

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

The question I’ve been asked most frequently by people outside Faith Church since the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage is what an organization like us plans to do now. I find that surprising because responding to decisions about how other people choose to live is at best the 88th note on our piano. We’re not political junkies, culture warriors, or media pundits because such activities are far afield from our God-given mission. The simple answer to the question is that we intend to do the same things we’ve been doing since we were founded by a small group of followers of Jesus on South 18th Street fifty years ago. Continue reading

Reminders of Our Insufficiency

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

Pulpit and Personal Ministry of the Word--Reminders of Our Insufficiency

You’re reading the second 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. Now in Part Two, Pastor Steve Viars explains how counseling helps preaching. Continue reading

The Power of Friendship/The Power of God’s Word

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

The Power of Friendship, The Power of God’s Word

You’re reading the third in a multi-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Scripture and Counseling. In today’s post, Steve Viars links our trust in the sufficiency of Scripture to the powerful use of Scripture in our daily relationships in The Power of Friendship/The Power of God’s Word. Continue reading

The Lord Blesses Us with More!: A BC Movement Update

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

The Lord Blesses Us with More - A BC Movement Update

You’re reading the fourth of a several-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Updates on the Biblical Counseling Movement. We’ve asked several leaders of major biblical counseling organizations to share with you—our readers—what is happening in their ministries. In today’s post, Pastor Steve Viars reflects on God’s blessing of the biblical counseling movement. Continue reading

When Your Neighbor Stands Up for You

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

When Your Neighbor Stands Up for You

Many of us have grown up hearing about the importance of loving our neighbors. The Apostle Paul went so far as to instruct the Christians at Galatia that the entire law could be summed up in this priority (Gal. 5:13-14). That seems pretty straightforward—but somewhere along the line it becomes easy to pigeonhole the people around us into rigid categories. “He’s a (insert the political party you don’t like).” “She’s a (insert the behavior you don’t condone).” Continue reading