Remembering the Attributes of God in Counseling

Sean Gould

Sean Gould

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

Why We Wrote Letters to a Romantic

Sean Perron and Spencer Harmon

Sean Perron and Spencer Harmon

If we are honest, in the past two decades there has been a lack of helpful Christian resources when it comes to dating. Many Christians aren’t sure what to think about dating, courtship, and engagement. We have felt this void and longed for more practical resources that think deeply about the Bible as it relates to romance before marriage. Continue reading

A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry Book Review

Nate Brooks

Nate Brooks

Heath Lambert is not naive as to the contrary position he’s espousing in A Theology of Biblical Counseling. The first words of the first chapter declare, “Counseling is a theological discipline. There. If you have continued to read beyond the first sentence, you have already completed the most controversial part of this book” (p. 11). The disagreement between integrationists and biblical counselors has always been largely jurisdictional. Continue reading

Expanding Our Scripture Vocabulary

Lilly Park

Lilly Park

How would you rate your growing knowledge of Scripture? Note that I added “growing” in front of knowledge, because God is more concerned with our growth in the knowledge of Him (Ps. 86:11) than arriving at a level of “I know a lot about the Bible.” Continue reading

Leading Others to the Good Shepherd

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

Perhaps the greatest privilege and joy of involvement in the personal ministry of the Word is leading others to the green pastures of safety and security where Jesus, the Good Shepherd, never fails to care for them. Understanding and believing in Jesus as the only Lord and Savior is only the beginning, not the end, of their relationship with God and, therefore, only the beginning of our ministry to them. Yes, the Christian life begins with repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ as one’s sin-bearing Savior; however, it continues and thrives most fruitfully as disciples learn to walk humbly with our God by following the Good Shepherd. Therefore, meditating on the loving care of the Good Shepherd for His sheep builds up our faith and equips us to more tenderly care for those to whom He calls us to minister His grace and truth. Listen to how Jesus describes Himself. Continue reading

15 Martin Luther Quotes on the Sufficiency of Scripture

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

Martin Luther is famous for his Ninety-Five Theses which launched the Reformation. So, I thought I would collate my favorite 95 Martin Luther quotes from my new book: Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life (released yesterday, August 14, by New Growth Press). Continue reading

Why I Wrote “Christian Life Issues, Volumes 1 and 2 – An Exposition and Application of John Bunyan’s Description of the Christian Life as Found in his Book The Pilgrim’s Progress”

Wayne Mack

Wayne Mack

On occasion when people hear that I have written a two volume set of books entitled Christian Life Issues, Volume 1 and 2, based on the Bible and John Bunyan’s classic description of the Christian life, I’ve been asked to explain my purpose for writing these two volumes. My main purpose—as is true or should be true for every Christian in terms of whatever they do— is to magnify the Lord and help people see how glorious He is (1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 11:36). But the question is, how can we do that? Continue reading

Review of David Powlison’s “How Does Sanctification Work?”

Nate Brooks

Nate Brooks

While biblical counseling may be simple, it is not simplistic. Unlike Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, The Internal Family Systems Model, and other counseling approaches, biblical counseling cannot be diminished into a reductionistic methodology. It is against this idea that sanctification is a formulaic one-size-fits-all affair, that David Powlison writes his new book, How Does Sanctification Work? 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

How to Look Beyond the Fault and See the Need

Michael Leister

Michael Leister

Isaiah the prophet called the coming Savior “Wonderful Counselor” (Isaiah 9:6). Isn’t it astonishing that very few in the biblical counseling field have undertaken the effort to study the Wonderful Counselor as the master counselor? I was deeply struck and encouraged as I paid closer attention to our Lord and His way of dealing with people. Continue reading