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Category Archives: Pastoral Resources

When Do You Stop Counseling?

As a pastor or counselor, how do you know when to stop counseling? As you try to decide whether or not to end counseling, you will probably be aware, with some uneasiness, that not every problem has been solved. You will sense the need for more growth or the person’s desire that counseling continue regularly. But these are not adequate reasons to perpetuate counseling. When to end counseling is always a judgment call that requires a lot of wisdom. The decision to bring the counseling process to a close is sometimes clear, but often not. It’s best to own the decision to end counseling with some clear criteria. Consider two positive indicators of when to conclude counseling, and four less pleasant ones. Continue reading

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BCC Weekend Resource: A Biblical Counselor Reviews Logos 6

Frequently on weekends we like to highlight and link to resources for biblical counselors. This weekend we’re highlighting an excellent review by biblical counselor Kyle Johnston of Logos 6 with a specific focus on how biblical counselors can benefit from it. Continue reading

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Friday’s 5 to Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top 5 biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living. Continue reading

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2 Reasons the Church Should Do “Counseling”

Why should a local church and its leaders seek to incorporate counseling within the context of the local church? It seems like a major distraction from the more important matters of church life and mission. Won’t counseling distract the church from being truly missional? Might it move the church to become insular and self-focused? Shouldn’t counseling be left to professionals who are highly trained to deal with people’s problems? These are all good questions that deserve an answer. Here are two reasons a church should counsel. Continue reading

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5 Ugly Qualities of the Anti-Elder

In the book of Titus, Paul writes to a young man and charges him to appoint elders in every church in Crete. He tells him what kind of man to look for and as he does this he gives a glimpse of the anti-elder, the kind of man who may seek the office but who is absolutely unsuited to it. Continue reading

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3 Spiritual Disciplines for Dispelling Defeating Doubts

Are you confronted with your inadequacy at the moment of ministry, whether public or private? How do you recover at the critical moment? Over the years, the following three spiritual discipline has help strengthen me and increase my faith. Continue reading

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How to Relate Truth to Life: Connecting Ancient Texts with Modern People

Some of the hardest work of counseling and preaching is helping people see how God’s word addresses them without their self-justifications kicking in. In 1 Peter 4:15, Peter demonstrates a method or model we can follow in our ministry of the Word. Continue reading

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Leaving My First Love

After a recent health scare, the Holy Spirit diagnosed the real problem as a departure from my first love, Jesus. He was also gracious to provide the prescription for the cure. Continue reading

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5 Strands in a Web of Care: Internal Resources

When we think about caring for people within the context of the local church, the image of a web is helpful. We want to create a web of care so that people find it hard to hide, get lost, slip away, or fall through the cracks. Continue reading

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Weekend Media Resource: When Should a Pastor Recommend a Psychiatrist?

BCC Staff Note: On weekends we often highlight one of our many free resources. This weekend we highlight a video interview with Mike Emlet. Dr. Emlet addresses the important and the controversial question, “When should a pastor recommend a psychiatrist?”

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