Euthanasia for Addiction

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Sadly, the message of the world for addiction is that of an incurable, progressive, fatal disease leading to hopelessness. Therefore, Christians who counsel biblically have a far superior message in the Gospel that provides real hope. Continue reading

How to Conduct an Effective Intervention (Part 1)

Brad Hambrick

Brad Hambrick

This post is meant to help you take this step strategically rather than desperately.

Sometimes we are prone to think that interventions are a modern invention, but intentional, tough love conversations in the context of people who know the spiraling individual best have always been part of God’s design. Continue reading

Pastoral Responses to Addicts’ Needs

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Dr. Mark Shaw, an ordained minister, certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor, and certified biblical counselor, shared valuable insights in a recent interview to help pastors who are caring for people with drug addictions. Continue reading

Resurrection: Historical and Personal?

Charles Ware

Charles Ware

While Easter—Resurrection Sunday—has tremendous historical and theological significance, there are at least three powerful personal implications that we should understand. These implications infuse hope into a biblical counselor and the counselee alike. Continue reading

Counseling Teens Hooked on Porn

Steve Hoppe

Although counseling a teen with a porn addiction is a difficult, intimidating, and often thankless task, this does not diminish its importance. How are teens unique clients with respect to the porn epidemic? Which counseling strategies tend to fail and which strategies tend to bear fruit? What role should a parent play in the process? Are you willing to use unorthodox strategies? Are you willing to be vulnerable with a person less than half your age? Are you willing to tackle the challenge of counseling a teen hooked on porn? Continue reading

Overcoming Addiction: The Importance of Serving Others Mercifully

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

A key transformation principle for anyone seeking to overcome a life-dominating sin is seeking new ways to serve others. Matthew 22:37-40 is clear about loving God and loving others: “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’” Continue reading

Would You Rather Deal with An Angry Bear or a Drug-Seeker?

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Vision of Hope is a residential program under the authority of the local church that serves young women in four primary areas: addictions, eating disorders, self-harm habits, and unplanned pregnancy. In today’s post, Dr. Mark Shaw, Executive Director of Vision of Hope, discusses the importance of reaching a lost group of people enslaved to idolatrous sin called addiction and how the church must begin to take steps forward in order to impact the local community and the world. Continue reading