Reacting to Your Teen’s Sexual Sin

Eliza Jane Huie

Eliza Jane Huie

As she sat across from me tears streamed down her face. Guilt and shock mingled in her words. Through brokenhearted sobs she shared with me how she and her husband had found significantly graphic videos on their 13-year-old son’s computer. Who was this person? She felt so confused, so betrayed. Their young teen was active in youth group, kind to his siblings, and sensitive to the needs of others. He was all a parent could want. 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

Are Daily Fantasy Leagues Immoral?

Brad Hambrick

Brad Hambrick

This is not a post about the legality of daily fantasy leagues, but only guidance on how to think about their morality in light of Scriptural teachings. Whether daily fantasy leagues fit the definition of gambling and, therefore, come under the same regulations, is a matter for individual states to decide. Continue reading

How to Spank a Child

BCC Staff

BCC Staff

Proverbs 29:15 “The rod and reproof give wisdom” Discipline should be a spiritual encounter with God, not just a physical encounter with you (Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:5-11). Rules should be clear and posted for all children. They should include consequences … Continue reading

God’s Words for Our Insecurity

BCC Staff

BCC Staff

Case Study: Jeff would tell people he was a private, introverted person; that he just didn’t want people to know “his business.” But it was more than personality or temperament. It was an insecurity that made relationships feel dangerous. Jeff … Continue reading

Gluttony, Diet, Fitness, and Body Idolatry

BCC Staff

BCC Staff

NOTE: This audio message was originally given at the IBCD 2012 Summer Institute. To lean more about the ministry of the IBCD, you can read this BCC blog post about the IBCD, or visit the IBCD website. Used with permission.

The Bachelor Pastor

Steve DeWitt

I have waited 44 years to write this. It is my last sermon as a single man. This coming Saturday I will marry the love of my life, Miss Jennifer Terrell. The unusual circumstances of my marriage give me an opportunity to say some important things. The first circumstance that makes my marriage atypical is my age. I am 44 years and 7 months old. If the national average age for a man’s first marriage is 28, this means I’ve had more time than average to think about these things. The second circumstance is my role in the church. I have been a pastor for 20 years and senior pastor here at Bethel for 15. My observation is that bachelor pastors are rarer than Packer fans at Soldier Field, and they are sometimes treated like them. They receive disparaging comments, questions of sexual orientation, and the like. Continue reading