No Time for Widows?

Carol Cornish

Carol Cornish

According to the Scriptures, taking care of widows is a big deal. But in a culture obsessed with youth, it sometimes seems that ministry to widows has been pushed to the periphery. How can this be changed and what does it look like to really care for widows? Continue reading

Review of David Powlison’s “How Does Sanctification Work?”

Nate Brooks

Nate Brooks

While biblical counseling may be simple, it is not simplistic. Unlike Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, The Internal Family Systems Model, and other counseling approaches, biblical counseling cannot be diminished into a reductionistic methodology. It is against this idea that sanctification is a formulaic one-size-fits-all affair, that David Powlison writes his new book, How Does Sanctification Work? Continue reading

What Do People See in You?

Kevin Carson

Kevin Carson

Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? I have. That eerie feeling when you suspect someone’s eyes are on you. Depending on where you are, your experience of this feeling changes. At home when I look up and see a five-year-old’s eyes peering down at me in bed, I have sheer joy. This of course is much different than when riding a subway, walking down a dark sidewalk at night, or sitting in an empty house with the windows open and sense someone is watching.
The reality is that people do watch you. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 017 – Jeremy Lelek

Brad Knight

Brad Knight

Dr. Jeremy Lelek joins Curtis for this episode of 15:14. Dr. Lelek shares about the Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC) and the new structure of the Called to Council Conference for 2018. He also talks about another ministry he leads … Continue reading

Food for Thought?

Steve Midgley

Steve Midgley

I’ve been listening to the still small voice recently. Or to put it another way, I’ve been preaching from 1 Kings 19. It’s striking just how little agreement there is about what happened up on the mountain. What was that still small voice? A whisper? A silence? In offering a paraphrase, one writer suggests that what Elijah heard was ‘the sound of a deafening silence.’ Continue reading

Fasting 101

Joe Keller

Joe Keller

Fasting is a lost art in pursuit of the spiritual disciplines and one that seems quite distant from everyday life in modern western culture. However, when we look to Scripture there is an expectation that believers would fast as a part of the Christian life (Matt. 6:16; 9:15). So, before you dismiss this practice as only for Tibetan monks…let’s explore a few of the “whys and hows” of fasting so that we might enrich our spiritual development and the lives of those whom we walk alongside. Continue reading

Distinguishing Between Guilt and Guilt

Robert Jones

Robert Jones

Skilled cardiologists make sharp distinctions in diagnosing a possible wide spectrum of heart problems. Skilled counselors as soul physicians must do the same. Let’s consider three biblical distinctions concerning guilt. Continue reading

Divine Power

Jason Ho

Jason Ho

I recently rented a car with a clutchless-manual transmission. Having never driven one of these, I lurched and groaned along in first gear wondering why the non-existent automatic transmission wasn’t kicking in. Once I figured out how this semi-automatic transmission worked, I was quickly on my way.

Often our counselees are like this. They learn about their hearts and their idols; they understand what thought, attitudes, desires, and actions need to be put off and put on. Yet they lurch and groan along. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 016 – Ellen Castillo

The BCC

The BCC

Our guest on this week’s episode of 15:14 is Ellen Castillo the Founder and Executive Director of Word of Hope Ministries in Santa Maria, CA. Listen in as Curtis asks Ellen to share about a variety of issues including the isolation many biblical counselors experience in their ministry, navigating the relationship with your church in parachurch ministry and using art to get teens to open up in counseling. Continue reading

Is “a Pain-Free Life” the Goal?

Beverly Moore

Beverly Moore

Over the years, I have had numerous counselees who have suffered from being sexually abused during their childhood. This is in my past as well. Understandably, the effects have been devastating. In most instances the abuse was done by someone the counselee knew and trusted. This fact adds to the hurt, pain, confusion, and feelings of betrayal. Continue reading