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

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

Biblical Counseling Training in the Near East * An Encouraging Update on a Burgeoning Movement: Part 2

Wayne Vanderwier

Wayne Vanderwier

The situation in Lebanon was totally different. The theological school with which we had partnered in Egypt had a desire to begin a program in biblical studies in Lebanon. But when the influential leaders of the church there (the “gatekeepers”) heard what was happening in Egypt, they demanded that the school offer the same degree as was being offered in Egypt. They said, in essence, “Give us the MBC (Master of Biblical Counseling) or don’t come.” Continue reading

Biblical Counseling Training in the Near East * An Encouraging Update on a Burgeoning Movement: Part 1

Wayne Vanderwier

Wayne Vanderwier

God is doing amazing things in “the lands of the Bible;” those primarily Arab countries that form the southern and eastern perimeter (the coastlands) of the Mediterranean Sea. Although most of these nations have a population that follows the majority religion of Islam and are strongly influenced by the culture that flows from it, the gospel of Jesus Christ is both present and powerful in this area. Continue reading

Tensions in Relationships—Can Jesus Help?

Ernie Baker

Ernie Baker

I have many hurting relationships in mind. I am picturing grown men bawling buckets of tears while angry voices echo in my head. This is my life weekly. Thankfully, I am also remembering stabilized relationships even after adultery, and men and women learning to control their volume rather than using their voices as a weapon to cut or bash one another. What makes the difference? Continue reading

Ezra 7:10 and the Counselor

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

Faithful counselors are conscientious; they exercise great care in guiding others with the Word of God. Additionally, they seek to listen well, speak truth graciously, and rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish His transforming work in the hearts and minds of those whom they help. However, as admirable as all of this is, the neglect of our own obedience is a real danger. It is possible to go through the motions, teaching what we know is good counsel while at the same time failing to consider the relationship that our own personal Bible study and daily walk with the Lord have upon the effectiveness of our ministry. For this reason, I’d like us to ponder one simple verse hidden away in one of the books of the Minor Prophets. Ezra 7:10 reads, “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 010 – John Marc Wiemann

The BCC

The BCC

In this episode of 15:14 Curtis interviews John Marc Wiemann, Lead Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church. John Marc shares about how an average sized church can start a biblical counseling and biblical counseling training ministry. Continue reading

The Essential Role of Biblical Counseling in Racial Reconciliation

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

By God’s grace, evangelicals are starting to engage ethnic divisions in the church with greater intentionality. White evangelicals who’ve managed to avoid racial anxiety that many blacks have experienced for generations are beginning to feel its visceral impact in increasing waves. As Pastor Bret Fuller notes, “Every few months, there seems to be a local event that awakens our national conscience to the fact that black and white folks still have a journey to complete.” The journey of which Fuller speaks is one that numerous believers have been legitimately trying to pursue in recent years and, to be completely honest, this path has been more difficult than many of us ever imagined. 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