Four years after it ceased publication, CCEF is again publishing The Journal of Biblical Counseling. And now each issue is available for free reading online. And it can also be downloaded as a PDF for free. Or you may order printed copies for a nominal subscription fee. Here is David Powlison’s explanation of the new […]Read More Journal of Biblical Counseling back in print
Some helpful articles recently spotted on the internet: Douglas Groothuis offers wise counsel on listening to sermons in “A short theology of listening.” An excerpt: Listen . . . with all your might; hear the living and active word. The teaching and preaching of God’s imperishable word is truly a sacred event whereby the Truth […]Read More Grab bag
In the interest of “something is better than nothing,” here are a few blurbs and comments on some books I’ve recently completed reading: Title: Don’t Call it a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day Author: Kevin DeYoung (ed.) Publisher: Crossway, 2011; 252 pp. $16.99 Recommendation (4-star scale): Kevin DeYoung is fast becoming one […]Read More Book blurbs
In his book Licensed to Kill (a book about the mortification of sin), author Brian Hedges notes: One of the reasons some people fail to benefit from their study of Scripture is that they interpret it in gospel-ignoring, Christ-neglecting ways. Too many never overcome sin because they never benefit from the Bible because they have […]Read More Sunday Leftovers (7/31/11)
Some helpful articles from the last week: The Telegraph provide a lengthy obituary of John Stott: “He turned his own church, located just a few yards from the headquarters of the BBC, into a showplace for a renewed form of evangelicalism. Strong lay leadership at All Souls set him free to become the trainer of […]Read More Grab bag
This fall, our church (Grace Bible Church) will again be hosting a biblical counselor training conference. The 30-hour training, done over 3 weekends during the months of September, October, and November, fulfills the basic training requirement to become certified as a biblical counselor by NANC. The conference is very inexpensive ($75 for all three weekends) […]Read More Biblical counseling training
First David was being chased relentlessly by Saul. He was discouraged and evidently despaired of receiving God’s promise of ascending to the throne of Israel. Then Jonathan came and encouraged his friend in the Lord. But you wonder, don’t you, “did he learn his lesson?” “Did the truths about God that Jonathan used to strengthen […]Read More He learned his lesson
To my knowledge, no one has ever wanted to kill me. Oh sure, I’ve had people angry with me. I’ve had people want to use me as a punching bag (a couple did back in the junior high years). I’ve had people speak to me in angry and hostile tones. Some have shaken in rage […]Read More Courage for the day
This week I counted the number of open tabs in my web browser. It was over 40. Time for a Grab Bag, me thinks. Many more churches are being proactive in providing biblical counseling for their people and the community (check out the GBCM webpage and the GBC biblical counselor training page as examples). Capitol […]Read More Grab bag
Nearly four years after I began the process, (3 years, 11 months, to be exact), today I completed the NANC certification process. A couple of thoughts about the process: I am grateful for the rigor and demands of the process. The discipline of study for the basic training and the exams were good for my […]Read More NANC certification complete!
This morning I was looking for something else on the NANC website, and stumbled on a number of resources that look to be very helpful for the Biblical counselor. Check out the NANC Resources.Read More Counseling Resources
After the development of the biblical counseling movement under the leadership of Jay Adams a generation ago, that movement has expanded greatly in recent years through organizations like NANC, CCEF, and ABC. In fact, growth has come so quickly and gone in so many directions that it is sometimes difficult to tell who is who, […]Read More Unifying biblical counselors
If you have been married any significant length of time, both you and your mate have changed significantly. The husband or wife is significantly different from the man or woman you married ___ years ago. But that does not mean love has ended. Those changes mean opportunities for the constant rekindling of a biblically distinctive […]Read More Learning to Love…All Over Again | RPM Ministries
A few days ago, I came across a question, “when is an issue important enough to correct someone?” The issue in that post seemed to be centered on correcting incorrect information (e.g., if something is not true, how often and when should I attempt to correct it?), and in that regard was helpful. However, that […]Read More When should I confront a brother?
Does God get disappointed when we believers sin? Here is a thoughtful and helpful answer from David Powlison: The statement I found particularly helpful: “Being not under wrath but under grace does not mean God is now somehow indifferent and does not respond appropriately to our sins.…There is a fatherly displeasure that God’s revealed in […]Read More Does God get disappointed in believers when we disobey?