15:14 Ep. 011 – Jeremy Pierre

The BCC

The BCC

This episode of 15:14 features Dr. Jeremy Pierre who serves on the Board of Directors for the BCC. Dr. Pierre is Dean of Students at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as Associate Professor and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department. In addition, he serves as a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church. In this episode, Dr. Pierre shares the value and importance of the academic side of the biblical counseling movement. Continue reading

The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life

Nate Brooks

Nate Brooks

A question I always want to ask of a book before I spend my time and currency on it is, “Why do you exist?” In a world of expansive publishing, why should I read this particular book on a given subject and not a different book that covers much of the same ground? While much has been written on topics frequently addressed by biblical counselors, Jeremy Pierre’s The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life treads upon ground that has remained relatively undisturbed by the heels of those in the biblical counseling movement. Continue reading

The Importance of Questions in Biblical Counseling

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

Our biblical counseling center provides training for those interested in learning how to provide intensive biblical discipleship counseling. In one module, our students are taught the nuts and bolts of how to conduct a biblical counseling session. They learn that we begin a counseling session by gathering data and getting information from the counselee. Before we can give any counsel, we must know the issues the counselee wants or needs to address (Proverbs 18:13, 15, 17). Our counselees often bring the respectable problem out first. They want to know if we are trustworthy and knowledgeable before they bring the real problem to the table. The respectable problem and the “real” problem are not always one and the same! Continue reading

The Beauty of Mediation as a Ministry Tool

Ernie Baker

Ernie Baker

I want to be a Christ-like counselor, don’t you? Well, a chief characteristic of our Lord’s ministry was that he was a reconciler of others to his Father. He served as an intermediary who was willing to sacrifice so that our chief relationship could be made right. Wouldn’t it make sense that if we serve as intermediaries to help others get right with one another that we are being like our Savior? Continue reading

Top Ten Posts of All Time – #10

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

You may have said (or heard someone say): “I made the mistake and prayed for patience this morning and got stuck in traffic for two hours today. I learned a very valuable lesson today: never pray for patience!” That’s often the way we think about patience, but what does the Bible say about patience and impatience? Continue reading

Handling the Nonstop Talker

Robert Jones

Robert Jones

You face the awkward dilemma in both informal helping conversations and formal counseling sessions: How can I engage my counselee who dominates each counseling conversation with nonstop talking? Continue reading

THREE ESSENTIAL TRUTHS TO REMEMBER WHEN SOMEONE REJECTS YOUR COUNSEL

Colin Mattoon

Colin Mattoon

One of the most difficult issues you may face in formal or informal counseling situations is a lack of teachability in the person whom you are trying to help. When a counselee is resistant or unwilling to receive your input, it can be a frustrating, disappointing, and even heartbreaking experience. Unfortunately, all pastors and counselors will face this issue sooner or later with individuals they disciple and/or counsel. Continue reading

Do My Homework Assignments Rely on the Holy Spirit for Change?

Ken Long

Ken Long

In October, the reading of a BCC blog caused me to critically reexamine my counseling. “The Holy Spirit in Counseling: Our Great Advantage that is Often Overlooked” by Lee Lewis, pressed readers to make sure we were not “minimizing our need for the Holy Spirit” in our counseling. I admitted that my counseling has room for improvement but certainly not in this area! I distinctly remember the second chapter in Jay Adam’s Competent to Counsel entitled “The Holy Spirit and Counseling.” That’s good, but am I practicing what is in the chapter? Continue reading