The Glory of Christ: Our “Bottom Line” as Counselors (Part 1)

Jeremy Lelek

Jeremy Lelek

In today’s post and in our next post Jeremy Lelek unpacks the radical perspective Scriptures offers to counselees whose struggles require radical change in their lives.

Have you ever sat with someone struggling with extreme issues; problems that would likely garner such diagnoses as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, or Pedophilia from a psychiatrist or psychologist? Continue reading

5 Reasons Scripture Exhorts Us to Renew Our Minds

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

Philippians 4:8 is one of the most commonly used verses in biblical counseling. In a concise manner, it provides a grid through which our thoughts should be screened. The apostolic exhortation is clear and direct.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Continue reading

Helping People Who Resist Your Counsel (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This post is the second of two posts in which the problem of dealing with resistant people is addressed. In the first a common cause of resistance, not being understood by the counselor, was explored. In this installment, another potential cause of resistance is mentioned. Then how to address this problem is mentioned. Continue reading

Helping People Who Resist Your Counsel (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

In this post and the next one, Jeff Forrey tackles the problem of why some people resist biblical counsel, even though they need it. In this installment he considers one possibility. In the next one, he considers another reason and what might be done in response. 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

Emotions: Engaging the Experiences of Our Hearts – CCEF National Conference

BCC Staff

BCC Staff

To be Christian is to experience joy and sadness, grief and hope, love and hate, just as Jesus did. Our emotions make us fully human because without them we cannot see the world as God does. They are the difference between life in living reds, greens, and blues and life in black and white! But how do we rightly use this gift? How do we obey Scripture’s call to share our whole hearts honestly before the face of God, without giving into the temptation to indulge or suppress our emotions? That will be the topic of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation’s national conference this year. Here is what you can expect at the conference and pre-conference. Continue reading

Lion or Lamb: Which Do You Need?

Tim Lane

Revelation for Encouragement? Have you ever considered reading the book of Revelation when you needed some encouragement? Most people avoid this book altogether due to the rich but confusing symbols. I confess, the symbolism can be confusing but once understood, … Continue reading

Emphasizing the Identity of Jesus

Rob Green

The last few years have seen a significant rise in the importance of helping a counselee understand his or her identity IN Christ. We have welcomed (okay, many of us) this emphasis with open arms recognizing that this is an important emphasis in the Scriptures. Practically speaking, when a person understands their identity they are able to love because they are loved by Jesus, they are able to respond with grace because that is how Jesus responds to them, and they are able to be compassionate and merciful because that is what they receive from Jesus. Continue reading