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Category Archives: Humility

Dumb Down Your Smart Phone

There was a time when porn was primarily a problem for desk-tops or laptops, but over the last few years, technology has expanded to a host of different mobile formats—ipods, smart-phones, tablets… So, if you are helping someone fight a porn problem, you’ve got to ask about all of their devices. Continue reading

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A Conduit for Christ

This post addressed what is means to “be” a biblical counselor and what is required to serve in this capacity. It is not quite what you would expect! Continue reading

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Glorifying God by Diving Deeper

Experienced counselors regularly encounter people who, for whatever reason, seem resistant to the counselor’s connection attempts. In these trying situations, the counselor experiences this person as a reluctant participant in the counseling process and as a result, their sessions become havens for awkward moments, “yes/but” rebuttals, and frustrations emanating from both parties. In their frustrations, counselors may be tempted to blame their parishioners for this “obvious rebellion” against the word of God. Continue reading

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What I Have Learned in Biblical Counseling

In a little under a week we will begin our next round of training people in the practice of intensive discipleship, otherwise known as biblical counseling. This is a very exciting time for me as I see the eager faces of our students who want to soak up the truth about effective ways of helping others. I have learned so many lessons over the years of counseling and discipleship and it is really my greatest joy to pass it all on. Continue reading

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Self-Counsel: The Missing Ingredient

Note: You’re reading Part 5 in a six-part Grace & Truth blog series by professors of biblical counseling. Read Part 1: The Sufficiency of Scripture, Part 2: Is Every Christian a Counselor?, and Part 3: Tendencies in Counseling Students, and Part 4: Counselors Need Counselors. … Continue reading

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Counselors Need Counseling Too

Note: You’re reading Part 4 in a six-part Grace & Truth blog series by professors of biblical counseling. Read Part 1: The Sufficiency of Scripture, Part 2: Is Every Christian a Counselor?, and Part 3: Tendencies in Counseling Students. When the Problem Is … Continue reading

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The War Against Weakness

In walking with people bogged down by sin, I have noticed a consistent trend: an independence from God. This observation is further enforced in Scripture. Genesis 3, Romans 1, John 15, and countless other texts point toward the realities that … Continue reading

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Triumphalism Versus Dependence

New “converts” are dangerous. To the guy who just switched to Mac, everyone who owns a PC is a technological dinosaur. To the teen who just discovered indie music, everyone who listens to mainstream is a mindless drone. To the … Continue reading

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Gracious Candor: A Tutorial in Speaking Truth in Love

Katherine is a wonderful woman in our congregation who loves Jesus, stays at home with her kids, and is trying to be a faithful wife to her husband. A few weeks ago Katherine and I had a conversation. She shared … Continue reading

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LeBron James and Celebrity Ministers

In 2011 there was a lot of talk in the Christian blogosphere about “celebrity pastors” and “mega-star ministry leaders.” I’ve blogged a bit about servant leadership here, here, here, here, here, and here. I hadn’t thought about it much lately … Continue reading

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About the BCC

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.