Do you remember receiving a good piece of advice at some point in your life? What was it? Did it involve something regarding a daily task or a specific way of handling a relationship? Often times, a good piece of advice is simple, pithy, and to the point. Continue reading
This was a unique opportunity for Canadians. While some have pursued training in biblical counselling or have read books on biblical counselling topics, there have been few opportunities to talk to others who are also pursuing this type of ministry training. Many connections were made, and we are already hearing that those relationships are being effectively used by God for mutual edification and encouragement. Continue reading
One of the things I teach my counseling students is that all counseling problems are on some level theological problems. It may be that the person is unregenerate or, like most of the people I see, does not understand justification and sanctification in their salvation.
The Bible describes us as “being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:13), yet I find women are routinely overwhelmed, discouraged, and in a state of hopelessness because they continue to struggle with sin. Continue reading
Katherine is perplexed. She is passionate and full of conviction, and desires to speak truth into the lives of people she loves. She is not sure, however, that she understands how to do that in a way that is not harsh. She very humbly asked me what she could do to be able to speak honestly without sounding insensitive. Continue reading
For today’s post, we decided to compile the most popular posts from this year as a “Year in Review” as we look forward to heading into the new year. Continue reading
Philippians 4:8 is one of the most commonly used verses in biblical counseling. In a concise manner, it provides a grid through which our thoughts should be screened. The apostolic exhortation is clear and direct.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Continue reading
“Everyone loves a good story.” I think this old adage is true because readers can envision the setting painted by the writer’s words. They can see similarities and differences between themselves and a story’s characters. They can get caught up in the plot as they imagine the characters’ conversations and actions. Therefore, biblical counselors would do well to become very familiar with the stories in the Bible. Continue reading
In the last post, I suggested that Spiritual discernment is a crucial element of wisdom in the Information Age. For biblical counselors, Spiritual discernment involves analyzing the claims of secular psychological claims against a biblical worldview. I ended with the question, How do you progressively develop a “biblical worldview”? Continue reading
If you’ve been in ministry for a while, I’m sure you’ve encountered hurting people who resist biblical counsel. They are quick to say something like, “Yeah, I know that, but …” Assuming relevant Scripture is offered, why wouldn’t a Christian be eager to receive God’s Word? Let’s consider some possible reasons. Continue reading
In this second installment of a two-part series on renewing the mind, we consider some of the components of this crucial part of the Christian life. Recall from the last post how Pastor Mark had to help Jeremy, an emotionally distant husband, figure how he needed to change in order to honor God in his marriage. Continue reading
Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship
The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Counseling