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

Creativity in Counseling Youth

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

In biblical counseling we often bring God’s attributes to bear on our counselees’ struggles. For example, God is most certainly an intelligent, creative artist. By making us in his image, God has given us many creative abilities. He has given us abilities to produce paintings, sculptures, music, writings, buildings, and more. We can also utilize creativity in biblical counseling, especially with young counselees who do not respond well to a conventional style of counseling. Creativity in counseling can be used as a means to open up discussion on pertinent topics as we seek to apply biblical solutions. Continue reading

Five Reasons to Join the Global Summit

Deepak Reju

Deepak Reju

Today’s post is an encouragement for you to consider participating in the upcoming Global Summit, June 5-7, 2016. Even if you cannot travel to the Chicago area, that doesn’t need to stop you from experiencing the blessings of learning about how God is using biblical counseling to expand his kingdom purposes all over the world. We hope to hear from you soon! Continue reading

Eight Core Convictions That Every Biblical Counselor Should Know

Garrett Higbee

Garrett Higbee

These core convictions are a unifying centerpiece for this year’s BCC Global Summit keynote presentations. I will lay out the basis for each one below, but in order to fully appreciate their significance and grasp a more comprehensive understanding of their foundational importance to the BC movement, you will want to attend the BCC Global Summit. Continue reading