Rejoicing Is a Safeguard

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

Our culture encourages us to pursue joy. We are increasingly becoming aware of the many benefits of gratitude and joy. The Bible also encourages us to pursue joy but grounds that pursuit in the reality of God. A striking example of this is in Philippians 3:1, where we see that rejoicing in the Lord is a safeguard for us. But how exactly is rejoicing a safeguard? Continue reading

Review of Bob Kellemen’s Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

In Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life, Kellemen uses the historic spiritual care framework (two themes and four tasks) as a guide to the theology and practice of Luther the counselor. The result? Pastoral golden nuggets! Far too many to mention in a short review. So in the limited space that I have, I will share one particular insight that really struck me and then one question I was left with afterwards. Continue reading

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