A woman who lost her husband recently shared of a particularly difficult night of despair and hopelessness. It was a night of desperate loneliness. That same night someone happened to call her and she shared her deep grief. As the person listened, they concluded this woman ought to go see a counsellor.
As she shared her story with me, I wondered, “Did she really need a counsellor?” Continue reading
I am a young Kenyan woman who grew up in the United Arab Emirates. I currently live in Washington, D.C., and I counsel women at my local church. As you can imagine, culture is often on my mind as I have experienced life in these different cultures.
As the demographics of the world shift and the world becomes more diverse, biblical counselors will inevitably find themselves counseling individuals who are different than them. Continue reading
Many of us who counsel do not have the advantage of chronology. In the shape of God’s ideal design, grey hair and wisdom run on parallel tracks (Prov. 16:31). There are times, however, that we find ourselves counseling individuals who far outrank us in terms of years lived, anniversaries celebrated, and children raised. Continue reading
Biblical counselors would be the first to affirm that God’s Word is the source of our counseling and the Spirit’s agent for change. But are we communicating that in an effective way to our counselees in our actual practice? Are we really depending on the power of God through His Word to arrest, comfort, and transform hearts? Do those who minister in a more informal way in our churches understand the value of pointing to the Word, before they offer an outside resource? Continue reading
Curtis Solomon interviews South African biblical counselor Kyle Johnston. Kyle discusses the state of biblical counseling in South Africa including some of the strengths and challenges faced in that nation. Kyle is an Elder overseeing pastoral care at Jubilee Community Church and offers biblical counseling among a network of churches in Cape Town. Kyle also teaches Biblical Counseling at George Whitfield College. 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
Lemuel Haynes offers a remarkable example of African American ministerial modeling. Born at West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1753, of a white mother and a black father, Haynes lived his entire eighty years in Congregationalist New England. He completed his indenture in time to serve in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Continue reading
For today’s post, we decided to compile the most popular posts from this year as a “Year in Review” as we look forward to heading into the new year. Continue reading
From December 6-8 over 50 leaders in biblical counseling met together for the Biblical Counseling Coalition’s Leadership Retreat. It is a time when the Board of Directors and the Counsel Board come together for encouragement and sharpening. The theme of the retreat was, “From Shared Convictions to Creative Expression.” This was an excellent theme for a retreat that brings together very different people and personalities who care for diverse communities. Diversity, like unity, is something that cannot be ignored. We need them both. Continue reading
People who don’t understand and put on the breastplate of righteousness are susceptible to defeated discouragement, self-confident pride, or careless presumption. All three create serious spiritual and counseling problems. Helping counselees “put on” this piece of armor is the gospel remedy for these problems. Continue reading