The Healing Power of Forgiveness

Ernie Baker

Ernie Baker

Humans have a disease that eats away at the soul and relationships. It is a cankerous cancer that leads to shame and brokenness, and as it consumes, it perforates our relationships with God and others. Of course this disease, this cancer, is sin. Is there a soothing medicine that brings healing? Continue reading

Understanding What Influences Your Heart

BCC Staff

BCC Staff

Here is a press release for Jeremy Pierre’s new book, The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life. Jeremy’s book is a fascinating map for uncovering what the Bible teaches about human experience. Although the Bible is not organized like a modern-day “treatment planner,” that does not negate its crucial role in shaping how biblical counselors help their counselees. But for that same reason, its treasures might not be as easily seen. Jeremy’s book offers a framework for organizing the biblical data about human experience that will allow biblical counselors to see those treasures. Continue reading

Speak the Truth in Love: 40 years of Theology and Biblical Counseling

BCC Staff

BCC Staff

Theology is essential to counseling. The annual conference of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors is on the topic of “Speak the Truth in Love: 40 years of Theology and Biblical Counseling.” This week ACBC will focus our time on a reexamination of the core theological themes that have undergirded our counseling approach for four decades. Continue reading

“That’s It!”

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

A few days ago a woman approached me at a social event and said, ‘Did you write that book Trapped? I was taken aback because I’m not used to being recognized in public for things I’ve written. But she went on to say:
I was looking at books on line and my eye was caught by the cover of your book. When I read the title I said “that’s it! That’s what I’m feeling.” Continue reading

Our Growth in Grace Is a Community Journey

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

Everyone wants to change and grow, but all too frequently we miss the biblical context for growth—the church. The world often tells us, “It takes a village.” God’s Word consistently informs us, “It takes a church.” We can summarize the biblical message like this: Our Growth in Grace Is a Community Journey. Do you want to grow in grace? The Bible teaches that it happens in the Body of Christ. Continue reading

Freedom from Regret

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

Irreversible decisions are the hardest to live with. You know you’ve done wrong, but it is too late to undo it. Now you must live with the consequences, whatever they may be. But how? Do you beat yourself up forever? Do you live in a state of habitual sullenness? Do you become bitter toward others or God? The pain of regret and the constant nagging of a conscience that knows you have sinned and been foolish have the potential of crippling you forever. Is this how it must be, or is there a better way? Continue reading

Getting Up after a Fall

Lucy Ann Moll

Lucy Ann Moll

Sinful choices can become a slippery slope too. One sinful choice may slide into another, reminiscent of Psalm 1:1; then the Christian may face a problem she helped create: a marital separation, an addiction, a lost job, anxiety, depression, bitterness. Her problem might cause enough angst to bring her to your counseling office, looking for relief. But relief isn’t the real answer is it? Relief is among the world’s counterfeits for mankind’s greatest and truest need—the gospel. Continue reading

Biblical Counseling Thrives in the Land of the Eagle

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

For this post, Marie interviewed Tim Pasma, Brad Brandt, and Sue and Blair Alvidrez in order to share with us how biblical counseling is growing in Albania.

“As a young person, reading about Albania fascinated me because the nation claimed to be 100% atheist,” said Timothy Pasma, Senior Pastor at LaRue Baptist Church in Ohio. Continue reading

Resurrection: Historical and Personal?

Charles Ware

Charles Ware

While Easter—Resurrection Sunday—has tremendous historical and theological significance, there are at least three powerful personal implications that we should understand. These implications infuse hope into a biblical counselor and the counselee alike. Continue reading