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Category Archives: Psychology and Christianity

Psychiatry Now Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways: But Can It Change?

Biblical counselors have always stated that our “mission” is a system of care that is truly Scripture-based and that truly respects accurate science-based studies. This post explores the intersection between both. Continue reading

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The Philadelphia Renewal Network: Coordinating Counseling Care in the Church and Community

While church-based counseling has often been the centerpiece of the biblical counseling movement, for many years we’ve seen a widening of potential models of care. What happens when Christians in local churches think creatively about how to meet the counseling needs of their community? Continue reading

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Taking Every Thought Captive

Biblical counselors are always encountering new people, situations, issues, and secular ideas. We grow in wisdom and skill as we address suffering and sin issues with radically reorienting biblical truth, seeing presenting problems as both barriers and bridges to gospel ministry, and by learning and ministering in Christian community. In this way we “take every thought captive to Christ.” Continue reading

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BCC Weekend Resource: Pastors’ Conference Call Series—Interview with John Applegate

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: Pastors’ Conference Call Series: Interview with John Applegate by Deepak Reju. Continue reading

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Mental Illness, Psychiatric Drugs, and Counseling Education

This post shares the three categories to consider whenever we think about, speak on, or answer questions about the use psychotropic drugs in counseling. Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Equipping, Medication, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Psychology and Christianity, Suicide | Tags: , , , , , ,

The Southern Baptist Convention on Mental Illness and the Sufficiency of Scripture

Because of my dual affinities for the SBC and the biblical counseling movement, I am thankful that the SBC passed a resolution on mental illness at its most recent meeting in Houston several days ago. The resolution grew out of a desire of Southern Baptists to speak compassionately to millions of people who are plagued by the profound pain of difficulties that few understand how to address. Continue reading

Topics: People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Psychology and Christianity, Sufficiency of Scripture | Tags: , ,

BCC Weekend Media Resource: Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Mental Illness

We describe the BCC’s Grace & Truth blog as “Voices from the Biblical Counseling Community.” The modern biblical counseling movement spans a diverse spectrum of people and organizations committed to a view of people helping summarized by the Biblical Counseling Coalition’s Confessional Statement It is with this diversity in mind that we have recently run a series of posts addressing the important issue of Biblical Counseling, the Church, and Mental Illness. Continue reading

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Mental Illness and Compassion

As a medical doctor and biblical counselor, there is something I do need to talk about. A lot of questions have been raised about the relationship between terrible outcomes for struggling individuals and the attitude of the church toward the concept of mental illness. Some of what I have read has been constructive. Some of it has muddied the water. Continue reading

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The Church’s Mission and Psychiatric Disorders

Whether you are a church member or ministry leader you might find yourself filled with a sense of compassion when face with parishioners struggling with mental illness, but it is eclipsed by feelings of fear, ignorance, and incompetence. In your head you affirm the gospel is enough for those living with mental illness but in your heart you find yourself tentative, unsure of how the gospel can tangibly make a difference not just for eternity, but here and now. Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from the Dark Valley of Depression

Yesterday’s post, The Mind, Body, and Medications, concluded with mention of the experience of Bob Somerville whose lengthy testimony concludes Dr. Laura Hendrickson’s chapter in the new book Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling. Dr. Somerville is a NANC-certified biblical counselor and professor at the Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. In this gutsy testimony, Bob shares how the grace of God brought him through a deep, dark, and unexpected encounter with depression. Continue reading

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