I just came back from a week of teaching biblical counseling to a group of pastors-in-training. Some are church planters; some will be serving as staff pastors; some are awaiting assignment. It was a privilege and joy to work with them on both the theology and the practical ministry of biblical counseling, and they were eager and grateful for the training. There are times when ministry is really fulfilling, and this was one of those times. Continue reading
As an organization, our vision is two-fold. We are committed, by the grace of God, to seeing the biblical counseling movement united and advancing in Canada. We believe that along with that goal, we ought to be promoting the practice of speaking God’s truth in love within the entire church family. We are passionate about promoting personal growth, centred on the person of Christ through the public and personal ministry of the Word. Continue reading
One of the most common questions shared among counselors is, “Do you have a good resource for helping someone dealing with….?” In fact, a good friend just asked me for a reference dealing with homosexuality. This is just an example of the many biblical counseling topics for which we ask one another to recommend helpful resources. Continue reading
One of the things I teach my counseling students is that all counseling problems are on some level theological problems. It may be that the person is unregenerate or, like most of the people I see, does not understand justification and sanctification in their salvation.
The Bible describes us as “being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:13), yet I find women are routinely overwhelmed, discouraged, and in a state of hopelessness because they continue to struggle with sin. Continue reading
Here, in alphabetical order, are the top 16 biblical counseling books published in 2016 about biblical counseling or important to biblical counselors.
If you are a counselor, pastor, student, one-another minister, small group leader, or spiritual friend, you want to know the most helpful books about the personal ministry of the Word— using God’s Word for helping hurting people. Continue reading
It seems impossible to believe that Overseas Instruction in Counseling is already a little more than 10 years old. When, in the Fall of 2005, Susie and I began to envision a ministry that would train pastors around the world in biblical sufficiency-based soul care, we never could have imagined the ways God would open doors of opportunity and expand the ministry we began in June, 2006. Continue reading
What is the gravitational center of your life? What do your desires focus on; what do your affections revolve around? Here’s another way to think about this: what are the planets in your life, and what is the sun? And are the planets properly aligned to the sun? Secondly, if the planets of money, sex, and power have flown off their God-ordained orbits, how can they be returned to their suitable place? Continue reading
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
How do we effectively train biblical counselors? From the proliferation of graduate programs over the past twenty years or so, it would seem that the answer is obvious—get them into a graduate program. If you can’t do that, get them into one of the numerous online programs. (There are even some good free ones out there today.) But, notice, the question is not how do we educate biblical counselors? The question is how do we train biblical counselors? 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