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Category Archives: Methodology

What Is Biblical Counseling?

Steve Midgley, the Vicar of Christ Church, Cambridge, who facilitates Oak Hill College’s Certificate in Biblical Counselling, sits down to talk with David Powlison about the meaning and approach of biblical counselling. Continue reading

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Heaven Is for Real…But the Preaching and Pastoral Care Were Not

I was not planning to see the newly-released movie, Heaven Is for Real. But my extended family wanted to see it…and they wanted my perspective on it. So I went. I won’t be reviewing the movie, but I will reflect on the movie’s depiction of: The Pastor as a Person, The Pastor as a Preacher, and The Pastor as a Pastoral Care Giver. Continue reading

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How to Do a Biblical Intervention, Part 2: A Sample Intervention Letter

There are four elements to include in your letter based upon 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Continue reading

Topics: Addictions, Biblical Counseling, Methodology, Parenting, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , ,

Stories That Illustrate

When the subject of the use of stories in counseling comes up in counseling classes the first question posed is, “What kind of stories do you tell?” That is a good question. There are a number of answers to this inquiry. Continue reading

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Our Identity…Should It Be a Focus in Counseling?

You’re reading the first of a BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on “Our Identity in Christ.” In all that we do at the BCC, we seek to provide robust resources through collaborative relationships. This blog series is also designed to meet that goal—as you will read and hear several different perspectives and “voices” on the important issue of who we are in Christ. Today, Stuart Scott asks the foundational question, Our Identity…Should It Be a Focus in Counseling? Continue reading

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BCC Weekend Resource: Depression, Medication, and Biblical Counseling

I’ve been interacting with my friend, David Murray, on issues related to Depression, Medication, and Biblical Counseling. My series of blog posts began when Dr. Murray posted on his site, I’m Thinking about Going to the Doctor for Depression Meds. Continue reading

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Depression, Medication, and Biblical Counseling

Earlier in our BCC Grace & Truth blog series on Biblical Counseling and Depression, we posted Dr. Bob Kellemen’s article, “I’m Thinking about Going to the Doctor for Depression Meds”—What Is a Compassionate, Comprehensive Response? That article by Dr. Kellemen was part of a multi-part blog series he ran at his RPM Ministries blog site Changing Lives. Dr. Kellemen has collated his entire series into a free PDF download and is making it available to our BCC readership. Continue reading

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3 Disarming Character Traits of the Biblical Counselor

The Biblical Counseling Movement has been publishing some outstanding resources in the last decade. However, to our own detriment, I think we have sometimes emphasized the methods more than the minister of biblical counseling. Continue reading

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BCC Weekend Resource: Counseling the Hard Cases Video

Often on weekends at the BCC’s Grace &Truth blog, we highlight one of our many (and growing list of) resources. This weekend we make you aware of the resources: Counseling the Hard Cases: A Discussion with a Real Counselee by Stuart Scott. Continue reading

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Welch’s Wisdom in Quotable Quotes

In 2009, I had the privilege of taking Welch’s “Methods of Biblical Change” course at Westminster Theological Seminary. When I reviewed my notes after the class was completed, what struck me most were several seemingly “off-hand” quotes. These “Welchisms” have stuck with me and continue to guide my own biblical counseling methodology today. Continue reading

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