Keeping our Counseling Biblical – Part Two

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

In the previous blog we addressed the tendency to drift from biblical counseling to pragmatism and attempts to help people in difficult seasons. I have found that having some reminders to keep me clear-headed and heart-focused in biblical counseling is essential to help keep my counsel biblical. Here are four more reminders that help me stay faithful to the practice of biblical counseling. Continue reading

Keeping Our Counseling Biblical – Part 1

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

I’ll admit it. There are times in my life where counseling gets confusing. The struggles people face as they come into my office can be complicated and daunting to address. People want real help and I want to give it to them. When problems are so immense and change is so hard, I can find myself subtly drifting away from sound biblical counseling towards practical answers and moral pep talks just to keep people moving in a positive direction. Continue reading

Pride Still Matters in Ministry

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

I just came back from a week of teaching biblical counseling to a group of pastors-in-training. Some are church planters; some will be serving as staff pastors; some are awaiting assignment. It was a privilege and joy to work with them on both the theology and the practical ministry of biblical counseling, and they were eager and grateful for the training. There are times when ministry is really fulfilling, and this was one of those times. Continue reading

“That’s It!”

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

A few days ago a woman approached me at a social event and said, ‘Did you write that book Trapped? I was taken aback because I’m not used to being recognized in public for things I’ve written. But she went on to say:
I was looking at books on line and my eye was caught by the cover of your book. When I read the title I said “that’s it! That’s what I’m feeling.” Continue reading

Not as Free as We Ought to Be?

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

My theology grounds me in confidence that the work of Christ on my behalf as held forth in the gospel has freed me from the bondage of sin to freedom in Christ. But turning that gospel reality into daily reality is met by a lot of culturally supported fleshly opposition. I’ve learned that while my culture increasingly opposes the religious freedoms I hold dear, at the same time it supports the fleshly freedoms I hold dear as well. Continue reading

Trapped in a Troubled Marriage

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

People trapped in a troubled marriage need more than calls for personal change, advice to manage the situation, or challenges to stay faithful. They need to know that there is freedom that makes a profound difference because Christ has purchased it for them. Continue reading

Learning to Read…Again

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

Learning to Read…Again

The art of reading is a time-tested discipline of Christian maturity. But in an age of information overload, we can lose the simple value of good books well read, sometimes to the detriment of the care of our souls. In this post we learn how to read for spiritual nourishment. Continue reading