My meeting with Jay Adams

Two days ago Jay Adams departed this earth and went Home. Many have started writing their personal recollections of him. I did not know him personally and was not his friend, but I met him on two occasions — the first of which had a significant impact on my life. To the best of my […]

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Reflections on my recent trip

I arrived home from my trip with Eric Mock (SGA) and Pastor Dan Kirk to teach biblical counseling in Ukraine and Israel almost two weeks ago.  I’m over the jet lag, back into my regular routine, and have had some time to reflect on the trip.  Here are some things for which I am grateful: […]

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Counseling Conference Audio is posted

Last weekend our counseling ministry, The Center for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship held the first weekend of our annual conference. This year, in addition to teaching the basic training sessions, which fulfill the preliminary requirements for certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, we also taught two additional tracks — a track covering all […]

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Writing sabbatical begins today

Today, due to the generosity and encouragement of the GBC elders, I begin a one-month writing sabbatical. I have been anxious to get started on this project.  For the past two weeks, most mornings when I awaken, I am thinking about aspects of the project — structure, chapters to include, and books to read to […]

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BCDC Teaching Notes

Yesterday concluded the second weekend of our Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Conference (BCDC).  This year, in addition to the basic training track (the first step in ACBC certification), we are also providing the teaching for specialization in marriage and family counseling and reconciliation counseling. I taught in both tracks and am happy to provide my […]

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Counsel the Word Podcast

Our church and counseling ministry launched The Center for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship — a counseling resource website — several months ago.  On that website you will find many resources to biblical counseling:  audio from our conferences, blog posts, and resources on a vast number of topics (look at the list). And this week we […]

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Distinguishing Between Guilt and Guilt

The article “Distinguishing Between Guilt and Guilt” by Robert Jones, is definitely worth reading, as he clarifies genuine guilt (culpability) and the sense of guilt when there may not be biblical culpability.  Read on… Distinction #1 – Guilt Concerning Intentional Sins and Unintentional Sins While all sin is sin, all sin incurs guilt, and all […]

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New Biblical Counseling Resource Site

Our church is thrilled to announce the inauguration of a new biblical counseling resource site:  Center for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship. This website is the result of months of planning and design and is another aspect of our desire to equip and train individuals to use the Scriptures well in counseling and discipling others. We […]

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Understanding Christian Psyschology

There are several different approaches to counseling people from a Christian perspective.  One form that is gaining influence among Christians is the Christian Psychology movement.  What is the background to that movement, what is its theology, and how can we biblically evaluate it?  These are some of the questions our associate pastor, Keith Palmer, recently […]

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BCDC 2016 Teaching Notes, Weekend 3

This weekend I participated in the final weekend of the Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Conference, being held at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth. Both sessions that I taught were in the exam preparation track (for taking the ACBC exam for certification). Below are the notes and power points for both: The role of the […]

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2017 ACBC Annual Conference

At the annual Association of Certified Biblical Counselors conference two weeks ago, ACBC announced its plans for the annual conference to be held next year.  And because of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, this conference will focus on the truths […]

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BCDC 2016 Notes — Weekend 2

This past weekend I participated in the second weekend of the Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Conference. I was graced to be able to speak on two key doctrines relating to Christ — the hypostatic union of Christ and His substitutionary atonement.  Additionally, I spoke on the role of the husband in marriage. Below are the […]

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Live Stream the ACBC Conference

Tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 3) the annual national conference for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) begins.  It is the 40th anniversary of the founding of this organization, and promises to be an excellent conference. If you are unable to attend, you can enjoy the live stream of the plenary sessions here:  Live Stream #ACBC16

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