Biblical counselors would be the first to affirm that God’s Word is the source of our counseling and the Spirit’s agent for change. But are we communicating that in an effective way to our counselees in our actual practice? Are we really depending on the power of God through His Word to arrest, comfort, and transform hearts? Do those who minister in a more informal way in our churches understand the value of pointing to the Word, before they offer an outside resource? Continue reading
What makes counselling effective? What gives counselees an expectation that counselling will be a productive use of their time? In other words, how do we know that counselling will work? This is obviously a very important question, and it is one that has been at the center of numerous studies. Continue reading
Today, Jeremy continues his exploration of how focusing on Christ’s glory with counselees opens up a new way of accessing the hope of the gospel for change. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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