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

The BCC

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

Emancipation and Teenagers

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

A 15-year-old counselee (“Jen”) informed me that she had no intention of cooperating with counseling unless I would help her to emancipate. I did not agree with her ultimatum, nor did I agree that she should pursue emancipation, but I did agree to research the ins and outs of emancipation. This was not the first teen I have counseled who has mentioned wishing they could emancipate, but this was the first one who was completely serious about it. I needed to educate myself, and so the two of us sat side by side at the computer and looked up the California legal requirements to emancipate. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 019 – Chad Robichaux

The BCC

The BCC

This episode features an interview with Chad Robichaux, Founder and CEO of The Mighty Oaks Foundation which runs The Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. Chad is a former Force Recon Marine with eight deployments to Afghanistan, former law enforcement officer and Mixed Martial Arts champion. Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs help veterans, active duty service members and first responders who are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). The program helps men and women overcome this battle through hope and help found in God’s Word. Continue reading

Why I Wrote “Christian Life Issues, Volumes 1 and 2 – An Exposition and Application of John Bunyan’s Description of the Christian Life as Found in his Book The Pilgrim’s Progress”

Wayne Mack

Wayne Mack

On occasion when people hear that I have written a two volume set of books entitled Christian Life Issues, Volume 1 and 2, based on the Bible and John Bunyan’s classic description of the Christian life, I’ve been asked to explain my purpose for writing these two volumes. My main purpose—as is true or should be true for every Christian in terms of whatever they do— is to magnify the Lord and help people see how glorious He is (1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 11:36). But the question is, how can we do that? Continue reading