Finding Success When Counseling an Opioid Addict

Lucy Ann Moll

Lucy Ann Moll

When Cecilia* scheduled a counseling appointment, she told our center’s secretary that she popped pain pills and needed help for addiction. This case sounded challenging, but with God I knew it would be a success, for “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). Becoming more like Christ is a primary goal of biblical counseling, isn’t it? But what if a counselee doesn’t grow in Christ-likeness? Then is counseling a failure? We will explore the answers to these questions through the case of Cecilia. Continue reading

Shame

Anne Dryburgh

Anne Dryburgh

“You were a mistake.” “You are good for nothing.” “You are one big disappointment.” These unkind, hurtful comments are spoken so that the person receiving them feels a sense of shame. The experience of shame comes as a result of thinking that one is a failure. In other words, the message is conveyed that there is something inherently wrong with the person and that he or she will never be able to meet the standards that others expect. This means that the person is, by nature, inadequate. Continue reading

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Joe Keller

Joe Keller

The university years are filled with potential and opportunity. Students are exploring the realities of their identity in Christ beyond their parents’ instruction. There’re not playing with Monopoly money anymore, the training wheels are off, and they know it. These are the days that shape a trajectory for the rest of their lives. At times life can become overwhelming. What major should I choose? Should I take out more student loans? Should I go overseas this summer? Should I get married? What if I don’t get married? Should I create a startup company and surf every day for the rest of my life? Continue reading

Maddening Injustice

Anne Dryburgh

Anne Dryburgh

Injustice is maddening. By this, I mean we usually become intensely angry when we are confronted by it and the suffering experienced by the victims.

This past week I have had numerous conversations with people who were struggling to deal with their angry hearts in the face of injustice. Continue reading

New Research: Volunteering Gives Purpose and Help to Veterans with PTS

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

Since the attacks of 9/11, our nation has been engaged in war for the longest period in our history. As a result, we have a growing number of men and women who have returned from the battlefield struggling with posttraumatic stress.

For many veterans the transition from the battlefield to the home front proves to be very difficult. They struggle with nightmares, sleep disturbances, anger, fear, and sadness over the losses they have suffered. 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

Top Ten Posts of All Time – #7

Mark Kelly

Depression often robs us of our hope. The temptation in thinking that we cannot be honest with God about our situation deepens this hopelessness. Proceeding in prayer using the psalmist’s example in Psalm 13 breathes new hope into our lives. Continue reading