Reclaimed Hope

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Vision of Hope (VOH) is a residential program for women ages 14 and older struggling with eating disorders, addiction issues of all types, self-harm habits, and unplanned pregnancies. With loving pastoral oversight and church family support based upon relationship-building among residents and church members, VOH is intricately woven into the fabric of Faith Church. A few years ago, VOH launched an “upcycling” thrift store called Reclaimed Hope. Some spiritual metaphors of the thrift store and the program itself come to mind. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 021 – Josh Stephens

The BCC

The BCC

Josh Stephens is Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Alliance. Find out about how the BC Alliance started and what they are doing. Josh will also demonstrate great resources from their online resource center that are available to members of the BC Alliance. Continue reading

A Gospel-Driven Approach to Using Proverbs in Counseling

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Proverbs is a well-known book of the Bible. Proverbs is also a book that causes different reactions among Christians ministers. The reactions range between a “love it” or “ignore it” relationship with Proverbs. Some preachers try to avoid preaching from Proverbs (ignore it). On the other hand, counselors cannot wait to go to Proverbs. The book of Proverbs looks like a collection of practical tips for life that makes preaching so hard and counseling so easy. However, it seems that both can get it wrong. Continue reading

Counseling Unsaved Images of God

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

While receiving my training in biblical counseling, I did not think that I would have so many opportunities to interact with non-Christians. Usually they have come because they were urged to do so by a Christian relative or friend. I welcome such opportunities, but working with them does present some interesting theological and practical challenges. Here are some of my thoughts on these important and challenging ministry opportunities. Continue reading

Punting on First Down

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

“Touchdown!” is a football fan’s favorite expression when watching his team play. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a fan laments when his team must punt the ball to the other team as a result of failure to make enough yards. For those who are unfamiliar with football rules, to punt means the offensive team is relinquishing their offensive possession of the football and their best chance to score a touchdown. Continue reading

Creating a Culture of Compassion across Color, Culture, Gender, and Political Lines (Part 2)

Charles Ware

Charles Ware

As biblical counselors we must never allow compassion feelings to lead us to compromise truth or biblical morality! Too often the body of Christ fractures along the same lines as society (e.g. political, cultural, and racial). Healthy conversations are rare, even among Christians. Gospel-centered compassion must create cultures where edifying conversations lead to unified action for the evangelization of our communities. Continue reading

Biblical Counseling Training in the Near East * An Encouraging Update on a Burgeoning Movement: Part 2

Wayne Vanderwier

Wayne Vanderwier

The situation in Lebanon was totally different. The theological school with which we had partnered in Egypt had a desire to begin a program in biblical studies in Lebanon. But when the influential leaders of the church there (the “gatekeepers”) heard what was happening in Egypt, they demanded that the school offer the same degree as was being offered in Egypt. They said, in essence, “Give us the MBC (Master of Biblical Counseling) or don’t come.” Continue reading

Biblical Counseling Training in the Near East * An Encouraging Update on a Burgeoning Movement: Part 1

Wayne Vanderwier

Wayne Vanderwier

God is doing amazing things in “the lands of the Bible;” those primarily Arab countries that form the southern and eastern perimeter (the coastlands) of the Mediterranean Sea. Although most of these nations have a population that follows the majority religion of Islam and are strongly influenced by the culture that flows from it, the gospel of Jesus Christ is both present and powerful in this area. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 010 – John Marc Wiemann

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The BCC

In this episode of 15:14 Curtis interviews John Marc Wiemann, Lead Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church. John Marc shares about how an average sized church can start a biblical counseling and biblical counseling training ministry. Continue reading