No Time for Widows?

Carol Cornish

Carol Cornish

According to the Scriptures, taking care of widows is a big deal. But in a culture obsessed with youth, it sometimes seems that ministry to widows has been pushed to the periphery. How can this be changed and what does it look like to really care for widows? 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

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

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

15:14 Ep. 014 – Wayne Vanderwier

The BCC

The BCC

Wayne Vanderwier, Executive Director of Overseas Instruction in Counseling, joins Curtis for this episode of 15:14. Hear how the Lord is growing biblical counseling internationally. Wayne also shares about the importance of creating culture specific biblical counseling training and certification organizations. Continue reading

If I Only Had More Time

Kevin Hurt

Kevin Hurt

A deadline is looming. You only have a few hours left until you need to submit the final version of a project. Your heart beats fast, your knees bounce . . . but you are still on Facebook, doing last minute research, or replying to an urgent email as you rush toward that deadline. You, my friend, need better time management skills. 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