Union with Christ is certainly eschatological, but it also has present and active benefits. It changes how we think, relate, and long for. The doctrine of union with Christ, of necessity, alters how we care and how we counsel in the church. Continue reading
During my law enforcement career, my comrades and I were repeatedly instructed to use caution when responding to an emergency call because, as the saying went, you were no good to anyone and a drain on available resources if you were involved in a vehicle crash on the way.
In a similar fashion, biblical counselors, like first responders and other crisis care agents, are susceptible to a phenomenon known as compassion fatigue. Continue reading
According to the apostle Paul, no matter who you are or where you come from, you have always been and always will be a slave—either a slave to sin which leads to death or a slave to righteousness which leads to eternal life. Continue reading
Depression, it seems, grows into an unruly preacher of a false “gospel” that robs counselees of hope as it progressively dominates their thinking and potentially influences their behavior. Embedded in this harmful pattern is a distorted view of who God is and a lingering doubt concerning the trustworthiness of His promises. Continue reading
A failed adoption presents the Christian family with an emotional trauma that is at once a crisis of faith and an opportunity for the gospel to expand the borders of belief. Continue reading