Leading Others to the Good Shepherd

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

Perhaps the greatest privilege and joy of involvement in the personal ministry of the Word is leading others to the green pastures of safety and security where Jesus, the Good Shepherd, never fails to care for them. Understanding and believing in Jesus as the only Lord and Savior is only the beginning, not the end, of their relationship with God and, therefore, only the beginning of our ministry to them. Yes, the Christian life begins with repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ as one’s sin-bearing Savior; however, it continues and thrives most fruitfully as disciples learn to walk humbly with our God by following the Good Shepherd. Therefore, meditating on the loving care of the Good Shepherd for His sheep builds up our faith and equips us to more tenderly care for those to whom He calls us to minister His grace and truth. Listen to how Jesus describes Himself. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 021 – Josh Stephens

The BCC

The BCC

Josh Stephens is Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Alliance. Find out about how the BC Alliance started and what they are doing. Josh will also demonstrate great resources from their online resource center that are available to members of the BC Alliance. Continue reading

We Are Equally Sinful. We Are Not All Equally Broken or Toxic.

Brad Hambrick

Brad Hambrick

Admittedly, this post will be as uncomfortable as its title. But, then again, counseling is about very uncomfortable things. The concern I want to discuss is the tendency to assume that biblical principles like those found in I Corinthians 10:13 mean that all our struggles carry the same weight. The unintended consequence can be that abusive relationships receive the same counsel as garden-variety arguments and instances of low impulse control receive the same guidance as manic episodes.

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Are You Faithfully Protestant?

The BCC

The BCC

In October of 1517, Martin Luther began a recovery of the gospel of Jesus Christ that would change the world. In October of 2017, ACBC wants to invite you to join us at our Annual Conference as we celebrate, and as we continue, this Protestant Reformation. Continue reading

15 Martin Luther Quotes on the Sufficiency of Scripture

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

Martin Luther is famous for his Ninety-Five Theses which launched the Reformation. So, I thought I would collate my favorite 95 Martin Luther quotes from my new book: Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life (released yesterday, August 14, by New Growth Press). Continue reading

Meditating on God’s Enduring, Wise Word

Ken Long

Ken Long

A recent workshop on revival pressed me to think deeper about the place of Scripture memorization and meditation in the biblical counseling process. Professor John Woodbridge, Research Professor of Church History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, spoke about common aspects that were regularly part of revivals. He co-authored the book, “A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir.” One aspect regularly found among people experiencing a revival was “daily Scripture-saturated living,” which includes “memorizing and meditating on Scripture.” Since this has been such an important, common aspect of revival, Professor Woodbridge was interested in knowing if any of the churches represented in the audience had intentional programs of Scripture memorization and meditation. I was able to affirm that our church did, since it is an essential part of our biblical counseling ministry. He and others expressed appreciation for the comment. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 020 – Dave and Stacey Hare

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The BCC

Dave and Stacey Hare join us for this episode of 15:14. They are currently on furlough after spending five years in Cameroon, Africa learning the culture and the language of a people group with no Bible. This interview explores the challenges faced not only in this culture but in others which have no written Bible to point people to as you seek to disciple them. The Hares share about the need for Scripture in the sanctification process as well as counsel that missionaries need to hear from their pastors back “home.” Continue reading

Hope for the Weary: Seeing the Light of Love in the Darkness of Dementia

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

There are certainly many, many illnesses that cause suffering and misery, but none like age-related dementia and its evil twin, Alzheimer’s. These conditions slowly steal memories and abilities away from a person as the plaques and tangles make their way through the brain. Otherwise active, healthy people lose their ability to function in life. They first lose their short-term memory, then their long-term memories, then their ability to accomplish the most basic of tasks. They become, in many ways, babies in an adult body. Continue reading

Trauma and the Significance of Meaning

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

“How could he?” It was my counselee’s constant refrain. Her husband’s sins were horrible, and though she had known about them for nearly a year now, the shock of it all was still strong. Some friends and family were annoyed at the repeated phrase and insisted she needed to get over it by now. But when you’ve suffered trauma, the repeated words are a significant indicator of effort. Repetition in the life of a trauma victim is an effort in finding meaning. Meaning is found beyond trauma in the person and work of Christ. Continue reading

Growing Compassionate Counsel Through Imagination

Curtis Solomon

Curtis Solomon

Compassion is one of my favorite words. The etymology of the word points to the basic meaning of “suffering together.” In Ephesians 4:32 the word that is sometimes translated “compassionate” can also be translated “tender-hearted.” We are called to have soft, tender hearts towards those we counsel. We are to enter into the suffering of the people we are seeking to minister to. We are to weep with those who are weeping (Rom. 12:15). But how do we do this with someone whose situation or struggle is completely foreign to us? My encouragement today: use your imagination. Continue reading