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

The Gospel for Daily Life: Martin Luther—Biblical Counselor

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

We are 499 years away from the anniversary of Martin Luther posting The 95 Theses on October 31, 1517. When we think of Luther and “Reformation Day” or “Reformation Sunday,” we often picture Luther the theologian/reformer. Less often, we think of Luther the biblical counselor. Yet, Luther wrote hundreds of letters of spiritual counsel. In fact, Luther’s motive for posting The 95 Thesis was pastoral—shepherding his flock to experience the peace of God the Father through the grace of God the Son. 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

Maintaining “Sanity” in Your Ministry

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

For those called by the Lord into ministry—whether it’s vocational or volunteer—there are incredible opportunities to see God at work in the lives of His people. What other thrills in life can compare to someone seeing his need for Christ and surrendering himself to his Savior? Or what other thrills in life can compare to witnessing a Christian experience new freedom from a sin that had “so easily entangled” her? Rejoicing with the angels over such spiritual victories is phenomenal! Continue reading

Four Words that Help to Define Biblical Counseling

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

The New Testament uses several different words to emphasize the more concentrated aspect of disciple-making that we call “counseling.” Today we examine four. The meanings and uses of these words help us to envision a well-rounded ministry that is geared toward helping people change. Continue reading

Applying Old Testament Narratives in Counseling

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

“Everyone loves a good story.” I think this old adage is true because readers can envision the setting painted by the writer’s words. They can see similarities and differences between themselves and a story’s characters. They can get caught up in the plot as they imagine the characters’ conversations and actions. Therefore, biblical counselors would do well to become very familiar with the stories in the Bible. Continue reading

Growing in Discernment (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

In the last post, I suggested that Spiritual discernment is a crucial element of wisdom in the Information Age. For biblical counselors, Spiritual discernment involves analyzing the claims of secular psychological claims against a biblical worldview. I ended with the question, How do you progressively develop a “biblical worldview”? Continue reading

Responding to the Resistant

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

If you’ve been in ministry for a while, I’m sure you’ve encountered hurting people who resist biblical counsel. They are quick to say something like, “Yeah, I know that, but …” Assuming relevant Scripture is offered, why wouldn’t a Christian be eager to receive God’s Word? Let’s consider some possible reasons. Continue reading