Helping Churches to Better Handle Cases of Abuse

Jim Newheiser

Jim Newheiser

While church leaders should do all they can to restore broken marriages, they sometimes fail victims of abuse by not offering them the protection and support they need. When we learn of cases of abuse, we need to be proactive in confronting the guilty party and compassionate as we seek to help and protect victims. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 028 – Ernie Baker

The BCC

The BCC

Dr. Ernie Baker is Pastor of Counseling and Discipleship at First Baptist Church Jacksonville, Florida. He is also Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University and a Biblical Counseling Coalition Council Board Member. Dr. Baker describes the difference between … Continue reading

Basics for Discipleship in Suffering

Andrea Lee

Andrea Lee

Talking to someone who is suffering can be disorienting. The person’s emotions and interpretations rush at you. And the sufferer’s pain guarantees you will need to use great care as you interact. But there is opportunity in trials because they give direction and shape to discipleship. This particular trial and this specific suffering become the immediate context in which discipleship takes place. Here are three basics to remember when the opportunity comes. Continue reading

Expertise and Experience Cannot Be Found in a Book

Michael Leister

Michael Leister

We can be very thankful for all the major biblical counseling books which have been translated into the German language and for the several training opportunities in biblical counseling here in my country. Two of the “main ingredients” to help the German church grow in this essential field of shepherding the human heart are pretty much in place. But there is something our country lacks when it comes to practicing biblical counseling, and that is expertise and experience. Continue reading

Help to the Hurting: A Response to the Shooting in Las Vegas

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The BCC

When tragedy strikes human beings want many things. We want to find refuge from the horror. We want comfort. We want things to return to “normal.” We want answers, especially to the question, “Why?” As our nation reels in the aftermath of the shooting in Las Vegas we know these desires have risen in the hearts of many. Continue reading

Why I Wrote Anger and Stress Management God’s Way

Wayne Mack

Wayne Mack

Anger! Stress! These are two words that are used frequently in the course of our daily lives. They are so commonly used because they describe a very common phenomenon. Who of us has not been on the giving and receiving end of anger? Unfortunately, the same is true of stress. We all know people, or perhaps we are the people, who have been “stressed out.” Whether it’s anger or stress, we are all too familiar with the experience. Who of us has never observed or even been a participant in the devastating consequences of either of these two destroyers? Continue reading

Getting Help Is Different Than Venting

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

You may have heard a counselee or friend say, “I just need to get this off my chest!” or “I need to talk to someone or I am going to explode!” These sentiments are common as people struggle and find some relief in expressing their pain. Without a doubt, a compassionate Christian should be ready to listen to another struggling believer. No one can provide help without having a loving, listening attitude. However, we should consider moving from offering mere emotional relief through passive listening to providing actual help through loving instruction. There are some biblical reasons why merely venting is not enough and is even harmful. Consider three important truths to teach your counselee who believes that getting help is equivalent to finding someone to listen to their venting. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 027 – Kim Kira

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The BCC

This week Curtis interview’s Kim Kira the primary teaching Elder at Lighthouse Community Church in Torrence, CA. Lighthouse has a unique ministry because it is comprised of a predominantly multi-Asian congregation. Pastor Kira shares the blessings and challenges that face a church of this kind. He also gives some practical insights into counseling person’s of various Asian cultures. We also get to learn about what the Lord is doing in the biblical counseling movement in Japan. 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

A Fresh Take on Idolatry

Steve Hoppe

Steve Hoppe

Idolatry idolatry idolatry. That’s all your church talks about. While you admit that idolatry is a huge problem in your life, you’re sick of hearing about it. The concept has grown stale and you aren’t changing as a result. Allow Steve Hoppe to provide a different angle on the problem of idolatry while offering hope for a life of freedom now and for eternity. Continue reading