For today’s post, we decided to compile the most popular posts from this year as a “Year in Review” as we look forward to heading into the new year. Continue reading
The recognition that there are healthy and unhealthy forms of repentance is both common sense and biblical (2 Corinthians 7:8-13). On this everyone agrees; secular and sacred. The difficulty is in discerning disingenuous repentance. Mature and discerning people can witness the same conversation and walk away with distinctly different impressions about whether a given expression of remorse represents genuine repentance, sorrow for being caught, or a tactic to gain relational leverage.
In this post, I hope to accomplish two things. First, I will attempt to clarify two common misperceptions about manipulation. Second, I will discuss a series of phrases commonly used in repentance which can be red flags that the remorse being expressed will not lead to healthy relational restoration. Continue reading
Must a woman admit adultery of long ago? Continue reading
If you are dating someone right now, are you scared to tell him or her about your sinful past? Whether you’ve struggled with difficult sins from the past, or you are still struggling with significant sins right now, it’s important to talk to your future spouse about these things. Continue reading
Confessions are usually healing for both the offended and the offender. Most of the time, confessions are heartfelt expressions of the repentance that God has granted. A healing confession is redemptive in that it has the power to “buy back” … Continue reading
Some conflicts are so egregious, believers can actually find reconciliation and forgiveness a distasteful calling. When a professing believer has left a community and caused a great deal of harm and has lived unrepentant for a long time, his repentance and return is often met with anything but a joyful heart. Yet, Scripture guides the church in how to respond in this type of difficult situation. Continue reading
Learn the difference between worldly sorrow and Godly sorrow and how they relate to true repentance. Note: This resource originally appeared on the Expository Counseling Center website. You can view the original resource here.
Perhaps you are like a lot of people I have talked to since being asked to become the executive director of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) (Now: ACBC: Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). I’ve heard stories of people who have friends, relatives, and acquaintances with terrible things to say about NANC counselors. I want to explain to you why I agreed to lead an organization with some counselors that, apparently, have such a terrible reputation. In particular I have five things I’d like to say to anyone who’s been burned by a NANC counselor. Continue reading
We cannot ignore self-injurious behavior in the local church but encourage those truly struggling to bring the issue into the light so that Christ may be glorified. Continue reading
Note: This article originally appeared at Desiring God Ministries and is used with permission. In 1999, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield was a tenured English professor at Syracuse University, a skeptic of all things Christianity, and in a committed lesbian relationship. Her … Continue reading