Relationships are an interesting topic. Relationships can assume several forms and degrees of closeness, due to the diversity of people, customs, and cultures. Whenever and wherever you find at least two people, you can find the beauty and the challenges of relationships. This topic deserves our attention. In fact, it is because of the commonality and the purpose of relationships that Christians should be aware of their potential dangers to be ready to enjoy their potential blessings. Continue reading
15:14 is a podcast of the Biblical Counseling Coalition which seeks to encourage Christians with the words of Romans 15:14 “I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to counsel one another.” Continue reading
Our culture is awash in materialism. Though many people give lip service to religion, and books about spirituality (whatever that is) soar to the top of bestseller lists, their day to day behaviors reveal a functional materialism. Rather than addressing a prevailing consumerist mindset, let’s consider how to help people who are stuck in knowledge that comes only from their physical senses. Continue reading
Counselors know their efforts often need the support of someone who sees counselees in their natural environment, like a spouse or housemate. As the average age of marriage increases, households of single Christian men or women are becoming a part of many churches, particularly in urban areas. Households with single housemates can be critical for fostering growth in Christ-likeness as they live in community and strive for unity. Continue reading
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
There has been much conjecture about what specific weakness, what thorn in the flesh, Paul is referring to in this passage. Inner grief? Demons? A physical affliction? Continue reading
How do we talk about singleness in a way that honors God and values all stages of life? A person might be single, because of never marrying, being divorced, or being widowed. Sometimes the church and Christian colleges give the impression that marriage is the goal of life. This is disconcerting, because it could instill an idolatrous view of marriage and the perception that life is incomplete without a spouse. Continue reading
Imagine a friend comes to you because she is stressed that she might lose her job. Realizing that her anxiety is a result of her idols being threatened or harmed, you ask a few questions to try to discern the idolatry of her heart. Very quickly you conclude that she has made an idol of money. More than anything else, she is worried about what losing her job will mean to her finances. Money is the idol -> it is being threatened by a job loss -> she is stressed. Continue reading
Sadly, the message of the world for addiction is that of an incurable, progressive, fatal disease leading to hopelessness. Therefore, Christians who counsel biblically have a far superior message in the Gospel that provides real hope. Continue reading
A white Crossroads Bible College alumnus started a conversation on Facebook seeking to understand the racial divide. After a few days he decided to close the conversation. Some, many of whom were Christians, could not engage in an edifying conversation.
We are living in a very divisive time. It is a time when Christian compassion, especially within the body of Christ, must provide the needed environment to soften and unite hearts! Continue reading
Since the attacks of 9/11, our nation has been engaged in war for the longest period in our history. As a result, we have a growing number of men and women who have returned from the battlefield struggling with posttraumatic stress.
For many veterans the transition from the battlefield to the home front proves to be very difficult. They struggle with nightmares, sleep disturbances, anger, fear, and sadness over the losses they have suffered. Continue reading