June: The Wedding Month

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

It is premarital season. The Christmas rings are sparkling. Wedding plans are under way. June is just around the corner. Have you, pastor or counselor, engaged the engaged for a series of premarital counseling sessions? If not, you should seek to do so immediately. Continue reading

Reminiscence Brings the Anticipation of Hope

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

Some twenty-three years ago we moved from a major city to a small town outside of Birmingham, Alabama, in mid-April. Earlier, just after the New Year, a young woman came to me for counseling. Through her tears she related how she no longer loved her husband and desired to divorce him. Overall her countenance projected a different story. In God’s providence she was the last case of the day, and so I was able to take some extra time to listen to her. After about forty-five minutes I asked if I could make several inquires. Still crying, she managed a “sure.” Continue reading

Training Biblical Counselors

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

How do we effectively train biblical counselors? From the proliferation of graduate programs over the past twenty years or so, it would seem that the answer is obvious—get them into a graduate program. If you can’t do that, get them into one of the numerous online programs. (There are even some good free ones out there today.) But, notice, the question is not how do we educate biblical counselors? The question is how do we train biblical counselors? Continue reading

The Uniqueness of Meditating

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

Meditating is more than reading and then praying about the Scriptural application. It is observing: what did the original reader hear? What do I hear? It is interpretation. It is application. It is implementation. Continue reading

The Expense of Posting: Be a Wise Blogger

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

Blogging brings joy when its message is useful to readers. If the timing is right and the message is challenging, then the result might be a course correction that yields a personal blessing to the reader. The hand of the Lord in using the blog becomes obvious. Continue reading

12 Wisdom Principles for Hearing and Responding to Critiques

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

Dr. Howard Eyrich writes in the spirit of the BCC’s Confessional Statement as he lays out for us 12 wisdom principles regarding how those in the modern biblical counseling movement can respond to critiques—whether from others who self-identify as being within the movement or from those who self-identify as being outside the movement. Continue reading

Thy Word Is Truth!

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

Thy Word Is Truth

As biblical counselors, we find ourselves frequently at the point at which we must appeal to the counselee to affirm the veracity and authority of the Word of God and, therefore, the standard by which their choices in life must be made in order to be obedient, to please God, and to find the peace and tranquility promised in Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Restoring Lives through the Gospel: The Story of Briarwood Presbyterian Church’s Biblical Counseling Ministry and Birmingham Theological Seminary

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

Birmingham Theological Seminary

At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. Sprinkled liberally throughout January and February we are using our megaphone to highlight vital biblical counseling ministries—like today’s post from Dr. Howard Eyrich of Briarwood Presbyterian Church and Birmingham Theological Seminary. Continue reading

How Does God Expect Us to Be Able to Change?: The Linchpin

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

How Does God Expect Us to Be Able to Change--The Linchpin

Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:13-21 now resides under the glass at my counseling desk. It has been become my daily reminder to humbly seek God asking both for wisdom for myself and the work of the Holy Spirit in my counselees’ lives even as Paul prayed for this Ephesian church. If the apostle Paul desired and needed to pray this prayer, then certainly I do. Continue reading