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Category Archives: Biblical Themes

10 Endorsements for Scripture and Counseling

“Robert Jones says it well, ‘The Bible does not merely inform our counseling…the Bible drives our counseling.’ I believe he is exactly correct. The contributors to Scripture and Counseling encourage, teach, and show us how this happens as we pursue and develop a robust biblical strategy in ministry to hurting, confused, and broken people. The book is obviously comprehensive! It is also well-written. I suspect it will become a standard resource in the field of biblical counseling.” Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Book Reviews, Education, Equipping, Gospel-Centered Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , ,

Overcoming a Critical Spirit

If we are honest, most of us have uttered words that were not edifying. Due to our sin nature, it is a battle to fight against a critical spirit. For some of us, it has become a life-dominating sin which is spiritually damaging. The hope is that a critical spirit can be overcome when we stop feeding our flesh and begin to feed our spirits in Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Topics: Christian Living, Conflict, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , ,

3 Principles for Asking for Forgiveness

Most of us are poor at asking for forgiveness. Since this is something that we should be doing regularly, let’s consider three biblical principles for how we may improve our requests. Continue reading

Topics: Christian Living, Forgiveness, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , ,

4 Principles Related to Gossip and Prayer Requests

“How do we keep gossip out of our prayer ministries?” is the most frequently asked question I have received since I began teaching on resisting gossip. Continue reading

Topics: Christian Living, Communication, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Prayer | Tags: ,

Mental Illness and Faith-Based Counseling

I have been hesitant to weigh in on the recent debate related to faith-based counseling and mental illness because it is not an easy issue to address in a blog or short amount of time. However the more I read, the more I am compelled to share some insights from my journey as a trained psychologist who now practices as a biblical counselor. Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Faith, Gospel-Centered Ministry, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Psychology and Christianity | Tags: , ,

Whining or Biblical Burden Sharing?

The Bible does not expect change to occur in isolation or privately. Actually, the Bible seems to assume that the more private we keep our struggles (both sin and suffering) the more intense our struggles will become. Therefore, let us “whine” like the Bible models—by biblical burden sharing. Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Gospel-Centered Ministry, Guilt, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Suffering | Tags: , ,

4 Approaches to the Use of the Label “Porn Addiction”

For the biblical counselor—indeed, for any counselor—words matter. How we label a problem impacts how we approach it. And since pornography use is at an all-time high—and by some estimations, even in the church—it remains a critical question for biblical counselors today: Should I encourage others to label their problem an “addiction” and if so, what does that mean? Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Pornography, Psychology and Christianity, Sexual Purity | Tags: , ,

4 Ingredients of Personal Ministry

Dr Paul Tripp defines personal ministry as: the “careful ministry of Christ and His Word to the struggles of heart that have been uncovered by good questions from a committed friend.” In this succinct definition, Dr Tripp gives us four of the key ingredients to effective personal ministry. This post considers each ingredient. Continue reading

Topics: Discipleship, Faith, Gospel-Centered Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , ,

Are We Using the Word “Brokenness” Biblically?

We often hear Christians today talking about “brokenness.” But are we using the term biblically? In response to this question, Bob Kellemen provides 4 reflections on the word “brokenness.” Continue reading

Topics: Christian Living, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Sin | Tags: , ,

The Chief End of Man Is the Beginning of Biblical Counseling

In biblical counseling, we’re guided by something that transcends the mere alleviation of symptoms or the modification of behavioral problems, even as important as those goals may be. The plumb line in biblical counseling and all forms of discipleship is found in God’s purposes for creating humanity, which is according to Scripture, His eternal glory. Continue reading

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The BCC exists to strengthen churches, para-church organizations, and educational institutions by promoting excellence and unity in biblical counseling as a means to accomplish compassionate outreach and effective discipleship.