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
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
When I was in college, God used a number of means to help me grow as a young Christian. I was thankful to be part of a healthy church that preached God’s Word, I had many relationships with other Christian brothers and sisters that encouraged me forward, and I also came in contact with a good number of solid books which deepened my understanding of God and His ways. Perhaps the most impacting books I read in my early Christian years were books on the attributes of God. Charnock, Tozer, Packer, and Pink were all wise friends who gave me a fuller and more majestic view of God through their writings. Continue reading
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” (Heb. 12:5-6).
This thinking is so dramatically divergent from 21st century western thought that it seems untenable. In our post-modern context, we want to think of love only in terms of leniency, acquiescence, and affirmation. Continue reading
Do people grow just by knowing biblical content? Does memorizing biblical facts and hearing lectures alone prepare a person for ministry? Does just hearing content sanctify? Does knowing a lot about the Bible naturally lead to maturity? If training is more than knowing content, then what are the other ingredients? What are the dangers of just giving people content?
As one who has been around the Church for 59 years and been actively involved in the spiritual growth of the Church both at the local church, academic, and international level for 37 years, these questions have intrigued, haunted, pestered, and even plagued me. Continue reading
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