Biblical Counseling Training in the Near East * An Encouraging Update on a Burgeoning Movement: Part 2

Wayne Vanderwier

Wayne Vanderwier

The situation in Lebanon was totally different. The theological school with which we had partnered in Egypt had a desire to begin a program in biblical studies in Lebanon. But when the influential leaders of the church there (the “gatekeepers”) heard what was happening in Egypt, they demanded that the school offer the same degree as was being offered in Egypt. They said, in essence, “Give us the MBC (Master of Biblical Counseling) or don’t come.” Continue reading

Biblical Counseling Training in the Near East * An Encouraging Update on a Burgeoning Movement: Part 1

Wayne Vanderwier

Wayne Vanderwier

God is doing amazing things in “the lands of the Bible;” those primarily Arab countries that form the southern and eastern perimeter (the coastlands) of the Mediterranean Sea. Although most of these nations have a population that follows the majority religion of Islam and are strongly influenced by the culture that flows from it, the gospel of Jesus Christ is both present and powerful in this area. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 010 – John Marc Wiemann

The BCC

The BCC

In this episode of 15:14 Curtis interviews John Marc Wiemann, Lead Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church. John Marc shares about how an average sized church can start a biblical counseling and biblical counseling training ministry. Continue reading

The Essential Role of Biblical Counseling in Racial Reconciliation

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

By God’s grace, evangelicals are starting to engage ethnic divisions in the church with greater intentionality. White evangelicals who’ve managed to avoid racial anxiety that many blacks have experienced for generations are beginning to feel its visceral impact in increasing waves. As Pastor Bret Fuller notes, “Every few months, there seems to be a local event that awakens our national conscience to the fact that black and white folks still have a journey to complete.” The journey of which Fuller speaks is one that numerous believers have been legitimately trying to pursue in recent years and, to be completely honest, this path has been more difficult than many of us ever imagined. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 009 – David Powlison

The BCC

The BCC

Dr. David Powlison shares his perspective on the biblical counseling movement past, present and future. He offers insights on the strengths as well as the weaknesses that have characterized the movement. Continue reading

The Importance of Questions in Biblical Counseling

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

Our biblical counseling center provides training for those interested in learning how to provide intensive biblical discipleship counseling. In one module, our students are taught the nuts and bolts of how to conduct a biblical counseling session. They learn that we begin a counseling session by gathering data and getting information from the counselee. Before we can give any counsel, we must know the issues the counselee wants or needs to address (Proverbs 18:13, 15, 17). Our counselees often bring the respectable problem out first. They want to know if we are trustworthy and knowledgeable before they bring the real problem to the table. The respectable problem and the “real” problem are not always one and the same! Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 008 – John Henderson

The BCC

The BCC

On this episode of 15:14 Curtis interviews John Henderson at the Association of Biblical Counselors National Conference. They discuss the content of John’s messages at the ABC Conference as well as the ability for some licensed counselors to still practice biblical counseling. Continue reading

The Implications of Misplaced Identity

Lee Lewis

Lee Lewis

The idea of identity is one of those nebulous concepts that can be hard to understand. Yet, in my pastoral and counseling ministries I consistently deal with the implications of how people identify themselves. I have found there to be much confusion on this topic and a myriad of opinions in our culture concerning this matter. Continue reading

Shame

Anne Dryburgh

Anne Dryburgh

“You were a mistake.” “You are good for nothing.” “You are one big disappointment.” These unkind, hurtful comments are spoken so that the person receiving them feels a sense of shame. The experience of shame comes as a result of thinking that one is a failure. In other words, the message is conveyed that there is something inherently wrong with the person and that he or she will never be able to meet the standards that others expect. This means that the person is, by nature, inadequate. Continue reading

The Gift of Tears

David Robinson

David Robinson

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