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Category Archives: Psychology and Christianity

A Testimonial: How Biblical Counseling Helped Me with a Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

This blog post and resource is part of a Biblical Counseling Coalition series of testimonies by people who have received biblical counseling. Though anonymous, each testimony is from a real person who is excited to share how biblical counseling has benefited them. Today’s testimony highlights the power of God’s Word to minister to a woman diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Continue reading

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Weekend Megaphone Post: What’s Medical About Mental Illness

On weekends we often use our BCC “megaphone” to alert you to excellent resources on other biblical counseling sites. Today we highlight the blog site of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). The ACBC is providing videos of their plenary sessions from their recent annual conference. Continue reading

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A Response to “The Integration of Christianity and Psychology: A Guest Post by Sarah Rainer”

On September 25, 2014, at Ed Stetzer’s Christianity Today blog site, The Exchange, Ed ran a guest post by Sarah Rainer entitled, The Integration of Christianity and Psychology. This is an important post, so we ask one of our Council Board members, Jeff Forrey, to share his reflections on the post. Continue reading

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Mental Disorders, Medicine, and Biblical Counseling

The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), recently released their Statement Regarding Mental Disorders, Medicine, and Counseling. The BCC applauds this compassionate and comprehensive statement. Continue reading

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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

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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

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How Can Christians Tell the Difference Between a Spiritual Issue and a Physical One?

Heath Lambert responds in two ways to the question: How can Christians tell the difference between a spiritual issue and a physical one? Continue reading

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Who Is Saying Medicine Is Unimportant? Part 2

In Part 1, I observed that many believe the biblical counseling movement is against medicine. I tried to demonstrate that there is no evidence that this reputation comes from the leadership of the biblical counseling movement. Every leader in biblical counseling that I know about enthusiastically supports medical care for medical problems. Even more than that, the people I know repeatedly discuss the importance of leaving medical decisions to medical practitioners. If that is true, then where does the reputation of being anti-drug come from? I have four responses. Continue reading

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Who Is Saying Medicine Is Unimportant?

I think any objective evaluation of the biblical counseling movement would point out four big leaders in the development of our model. I think those four leaders are Jay Adams and Wayne Mack (who had an instrumental role in founding the biblical counseling movement) and David Powlison and Ed Welch (who have significantly developed the movement in recent years.) Every person embracing and practicing biblical counseling today has learned about biblical counseling from at least one of these four men. So I looked at the statements about counseling and medical issues from the teaching of these four men. Here is an incredibly brief summary of what I found. Continue reading

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Biblical Counseling and Medicine: Trying to Wear Two Hats Fairly

As a family physician, I am often asked about taking medicine for depression and other disorders. Also, as a biblical counselor, I have been involved in counseling people who struggle with depression and worry for the past 25 years. I counsel them every Monday night, and again I am answering the same kinds of questions about medication. More than anything else, I want to do both roles (family physician and biblical counselor) well and fairly. Continue reading

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