BCC Summit 2017: Disability and a Theology of the Body

Mike Emlet (CCEF)

Mike Emlet (CCEF)

Whether associated with painful disability or pleasurable delight, we want our experiences as bodily creatures to be understood through the lens of Scripture. If we are not guided carefully by Scripture it’s very easy to gravitate toward a distorted theology of the body that either exalts or demeans the body’s importance. This can lead to potential distortions in ministry to those struggling with disability. Continue reading

Serving Missionaries through Biblical Counseling

Eliza Jane Huie

Eliza Jane Huie

The life of a missionary and/or missionary family is full of sacrifice. Those called to the mission field leave all that is familiar to begin a new life in a country foreign and unknown to them. The challenges encountered are impacting to themselves and their family as a whole. Continue reading

Biblical Preaching and Biblical Counseling: What Makes Them “Biblical”?

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

When the pastor preaches from the pulpit, he focuses on relating God’s truth to life. When the pastor shares in interactive, conversational ways in the pastoral counseling office, he focuses on relating God’s truth to life. The question I want us to consider is, “Should extra-biblical worldviews have a role in biblical preaching or biblical counseling?” Continue reading

Review of Bob Kellemen’s Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

In Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life, Kellemen uses the historic spiritual care framework (two themes and four tasks) as a guide to the theology and practice of Luther the counselor. The result? Pastoral golden nuggets! Far too many to mention in a short review. So in the limited space that I have, I will share one particular insight that really struck me and then one question I was left with afterwards. Continue reading

After Darkness, Light: Christians and Counseling in the Twenty-First Century

Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert

I fear that after more than a century of the influence of secular therapy, the Christian witness to the grace of Jesus Christ has been diluted in the crucial ministry of counseling. Luther intended his Theses to spark a debate that the faithful needed to have about how the good news of Jesus Christ related to a critical area of church practice. My intent is similar in offering these 95 Theses for an Authentically Christian Commitment to Counseling. I believe the church today must have the same kind of debate about grace with respect to counseling that Luther wanted to have in his day with respect to indulgences. Continue reading