Creating a Culture of Compassion across Color, Culture, Gender, and Political Lines

Charles Ware

Charles Ware

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

4 Portraits of Gospel-Centered Black Church History

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

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

2017 Biblical Counseling Coalition Leadership Retreat

Eliza Jane Huie

Eliza Jane Huie

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

Our Bullet-Proof Vest

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

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

How the Gospel Transforms Our Fears (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This is the second part of a three-part series on using 1 Peter to address the fears and worries of people as they contemplate what they hear on the daily news. In Part 1, the first principle for dealing with fear and worry was: We have a “living hope” because of Jesus’ resurrection. Today’s post continues with two more principles, along with suggested applications for “Kelly” and “Said.” Continue reading

How the Gospel Transforms Our Fears (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This post is the first of a three-part series on helping people who might struggle with fear and worry that is fueled by what they hear on the daily news. Jeff Forrey offers suggested counsel based on 1 Peter. In this first part, he gives an overview of 1 Peter’s relevance for the topic of fear and then applies the first principle for facing fear to “Bill’s” situation. Continue reading

How Thick Is Your Bible?

Jim Newheiser

Jim Newheiser

It has been my privilege to participate in the training of biblical counselors for the past twenty years. Many students enthusiastically embrace biblical counseling theory in the classroom, but then have trouble when they practice counseling in fictitious role play scenarios and later when they attempt to work with actual counselees under the supervision of an experienced counselor (for example, an ACBC Fellow). Continue reading

The Holy Spirit in Counseling: Our Great Advantage that is Often Overlooked

Lee Lewis

The topic of the Holy Spirit is one that we tend to approach incorrectly. A dear friend of mine who is a pastor has always likened this misstep to the drunken uncle in the room at a family reunion. He is strange and awkward to deal with, so we feel better off just not interacting with him. The problem with this error is the fact that the Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead. Continue reading

Emotions: Engaging the Expressions of Our Heart

Curtis Solomon

Curtis Solomon

This week the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) will hold their 2016 annual conference (October 14-16) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The conference is entitled, “Emotions: Engaging the Expressions of Our Hearts.” At first glance the topic of emotions might not seem like it is worthy of an entire conference. Deeper reflection, however, should lead to a very different conclusion. Continue reading