Persevering Through Sorrow in Prayer

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

Sorrow and despair are painful realities for all of us. Unsurprisingly, many of us often respond to deep sadness with unrealistic optimism or awkward denialism. Loss or ache can be difficult to engage with, so we seek to avoid it. I know this is true not only because of my experience as a counselor but also because it is my own tendency! We find it difficult to face the sorrows we experience. Continue reading

Raising Teens Review

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

Our world is hyper-sexualised. From advertising, to music, to fashion and the media, our teenagers are flooded with sexually-charged content. So how can we raise teenagers in a world like this? Thankfully, biblical counsellor Eliza Huie has written a brief, biblical, and encouraging book to help you navigate this difficult subject with your teenager. Continue reading

God’s Working Word

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

What makes counselling effective? What gives counselees an expectation that counselling will be a productive use of their time? In other words, how do we know that counselling will work? This is obviously a very important question, and it is one that has been at the center of numerous studies. Continue reading

Living in the Light: Money, Sex, and Power: Review

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

What is the gravitational center of your life? What do your desires focus on; what do your affections revolve around? Here’s another way to think about this: what are the planets in your life, and what is the sun? And are the planets properly aligned to the sun? Secondly, if the planets of money, sex, and power have flown off their God-ordained orbits, how can they be returned to their suitable place? Continue reading

Does Biblical Counselling Have a Future in South Africa?

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

In this post we hear from one of the presenters who is scheduled for the Biblical Counseling Coalition’s Global Summit, June 5-7, 2016. To interact more with Kyle’s insights on the international scope of biblical counseling, please consider joining the conversation at the Summit, either on site in the suburbs of Chicago or online. We hope you can join us! Continue reading

Weekend Resource: Relationally Wise Pastoral Care

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

Do you want to build stronger relationships? Become a more valued influence in the lives of those you love and shepherd? Be able to navigate the uncomfortable tensions and inevitable conflicts that often occur in pastoral care? In short, would you like to become more skilful in your relationships? If you’re like me, the answer is a clear and unambiguous “Yes!” But while I know I need more godly skill (wisdom) in all my relationships, it’s often quite hard to translate that desire into real-life relational skills. How do I actually become a wiser counselor, a wiser pastor, and a wiser friend? Continue reading

Restoring the Gospel to a Place of Primacy in Pastoral Counselling: Biblical Counselling in South Africa

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

You’re reading the first of a multipart BCC Grace & Truth blog miniseries on International Biblical Counseling. Sometimes, because it is international, it will even be spelled with two L’s like this: International Biblical Counselling. That’s the case today as we launch this series with a post by Kyle Johnston about Biblical Counselling in South Africa. Continue reading

The Jubilee Pastoral Care Story

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

The Jubilee Pastoral Care Story

At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. Throughout January and February, we’re helping you to learn about vital biblical counseling ministries—like today’s post from Kyle Johnston of the Pastoral Care ministry at Jubilee Community Church in Cape Town, South Africa. Continue reading