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

Hope for Troubled Marriages

Brenda Pauken

Brenda Pauken

Couples sometimes enter marriage counseling already feeling defeated. Years, or even decades, of marital miscommunication, discord, and disappointment have taken their toll. How can we instill hope in couples who have so little? Continue reading

Persevering Through Sorrow in Prayer

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

Sorrow and despair are painful realities for all of us. Unsurprisingly, many of us often respond to deep sadness with unrealistic optimism or awkward denialism. Loss or ache can be difficult to engage with, so we seek to avoid it. I know this is true not only because of my experience as a counselor but also because it is my own tendency! We find it difficult to face the sorrows we experience. Continue reading

When You Stop Talking (to God and Others)

David Robinson

David Robinson

Biblical counseling allows for very honest conversations to be fostered in a safe, truthful, gracious, and raw environment.

And as much as we enjoy the sentiments of that first sentence, many say, “I no longer have those conversations – I have stopped talking to God and I’m certainly not going to share with others. In fact, these conversations bring fear and despair. I’ve stopped talking.” Continue reading