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

No Greater Promise: Rooting Our Significance, Security, and Rest in the Covenant Formula, Part 2

Joshua Hayward

Joshua Hayward

Yesterday we discussed how most of our heart cravings can be placed into one (or a combination) of three categories: a craving for significance, security, and/or rest (“SSR” for short). We looked at God’s promise, “I will be your God and you will be my people” and how this promise culminates in the fulfillment of the believer’s longings for SSR. What does it look like to root these longings for SSR in whom God promises to be for us? Let me offer five diagnostic questions that will help us toward that end. Continue reading

No Greater Promise: Rooting Our Significance, Security, and Rest in the Covenant Formula, Part 1

Joshua Hayward

Joshua Hayward

More often than not, when I begin a counseling process with people I feel overwhelmed by the apparent complexities of the issues. “Where do I begin? Do I talk about this, or that? What do I need to focus on? There’s so much to address!”

It is easy to feel overwhelmed, but good biblical counselors understand the importance of going beneath the presenting problems and addressing the underlying heart cravings that are often the cause of the sense of complexity in any given situation. Continue reading

Are You Faithfully Protestant?

The BCC

The BCC

In October of 1517, Martin Luther began a recovery of the gospel of Jesus Christ that would change the world. In October of 2017, ACBC wants to invite you to join us at our Annual Conference as we celebrate, and as we continue, this Protestant Reformation. Continue reading

Meditating on God’s Enduring, Wise Word

Ken Long

Ken Long

A recent workshop on revival pressed me to think deeper about the place of Scripture memorization and meditation in the biblical counseling process. Professor John Woodbridge, Research Professor of Church History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, spoke about common aspects that were regularly part of revivals. He co-authored the book, “A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir.” One aspect regularly found among people experiencing a revival was “daily Scripture-saturated living,” which includes “memorizing and meditating on Scripture.” Since this has been such an important, common aspect of revival, Professor Woodbridge was interested in knowing if any of the churches represented in the audience had intentional programs of Scripture memorization and meditation. I was able to affirm that our church did, since it is an essential part of our biblical counseling ministry. He and others expressed appreciation for the comment. Continue reading

Growing Compassionate Counsel Through Imagination

Curtis Solomon

Curtis Solomon

Compassion is one of my favorite words. The etymology of the word points to the basic meaning of “suffering together.” In Ephesians 4:32 the word that is sometimes translated “compassionate” can also be translated “tender-hearted.” We are called to have soft, tender hearts towards those we counsel. We are to enter into the suffering of the people we are seeking to minister to. We are to weep with those who are weeping (Rom. 12:15). But how do we do this with someone whose situation or struggle is completely foreign to us? My encouragement today: use your imagination. Continue reading

Three Important Goals for a Counselor’s Quiet Time

Darryl Burling

Darryl Burling

As anyone who ministers to others knows, our ability to biblically care for others flows from the Lord’s work in our own hearts. Our ability to help others who are struggling with sin and to deal with the concerns of our own lives is directly related to how we have allowed the Lord and His Word to challenge our sin and help us to lean on Him in the circumstances of life. Continue reading

Getting Lost in the Details

Eliza Jane Huie

Eliza Jane Huie

The details of situations can seem vitally important. But could it be that the really important things come in the brief moments of vulnerably that are shared in the dialog of a counseling session. Those brief moments are often easily lost. This post explores how to better navigate the details in order to not to miss moments of deep connection. 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