Give Me Life According to Your Word

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

My experience is that many sincere Christians don’t read the Bible in such a way that connects powerful biblical truth to the realities of daily life. The following is a Bible study resource I use to help people read and apply the Bible effectively as a follow-up to counseling sessions. Continue reading

Pursue Love and Speak Prophetically

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

This past December’s BCC retreat addressed a number of provocative counseling methodology questions. As I reflected on these questions, I wondered if there was a single theme that captures what we’re after in our counseling approach. I believe 1 Corinthians 14: 1 is helpful: “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” Much of what we aspire to in our methodology is summed up in those two commands: “Pursue love and speak prophetically.” Continue reading

Our Bullet-Proof Vest

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

People who don’t understand and put on the breastplate of righteousness are susceptible to defeated discouragement, self-confident pride, or careless presumption. All three create serious spiritual and counseling problems. Helping counselees “put on” this piece of armor is the gospel remedy for these problems. Continue reading

The Insanity of the King and the Sanity of the Baptist

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

To be sane means to be in touch with reality and the ultimate reality is God. Our sinful pride separates us from God and leads to “madness in [our] hearts” (Ecclesiastes 9: 3). The gospel re-connects us to the wonderful reality of God and progressively leads to the sanity of “faith working through love” (Galatians 5: 6). John the Baptist specifically points the way to gospel humility, freedom, and joy. Continue reading

Wisdom for the Young (Part Two)

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Young adults are often concerned about their future direction and anxious about making the right decisions. We have the privilege and responsibility to walk with them, support them, and to help them to understand what God’s will for their lives looks like. Godly counsel to the young includes helping them set the right goal for their lives and pointing them to the way of wisdom. Continue reading

Wisdom for the Young (Part One)

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn explores the challenging question that youth inevitably face: How can I know God’s will for my future? Monumental decisions face youth as they transition from living under their parents’ roof to living under their own roof. How can they be sure they are going down the path God wants them to? Continue reading

Resources for Coping or Freedom from Slavery? Part Two

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Biblical counseling does not offer religious resources for coping with the problems of life. Rather, it offers a deep, decisive, and progressive freedom from the counterfeits of legalism (law-keeping) and license (law-breaking). We experience this freedom in Christ as we “crucify the flesh,” “keep in step with the Spirit” and “through love serve one another.” Continue reading

Resources for Coping or Freedom from Slavery? Part One

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Biblical counseling does not offer religious resources for coping with the problems of life. Rather, it offers a deep, decisive, and progressive freedom from all enslaving forms of performance-oriented law-keeping and enslaving patterns of law-breaking. In the gospel we have a divinely authoritative message of forgiveness, righteousness, freedom, and new life in Christ. And all this is experienced by trusting in the curse-bearing death of Jesus and receiving the blessing of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

The Divine Remedy for Anxiety

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

You’re reading the first of a several-part Grace & Truth blog miniseries on Biblical Counseling and Anxiety. In today’s post, Pastor Pat Quinn diagnoses the spiritual root causes of anxiety and then offers God’s remedy for anxiety. Continue reading

Unpacking the Riches of Christ at University Reformed Church

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Unpacking the Riches of Christ at University Reformed Church

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 Pastor Pat Quinn of the Biblical Counseling Ministry at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. Continue reading