Helping Churches to Better Handle Cases of Abuse

Jim Newheiser

Jim Newheiser

While church leaders should do all they can to restore broken marriages, they sometimes fail victims of abuse by not offering them the protection and support they need. When we learn of cases of abuse, we need to be proactive in confronting the guilty party and compassionate as we seek to help and protect victims. 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

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

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

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

Give Me Life According to Your Word

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

My experience is that many sincere Christians don’t read the Bible in such a way that connects powerful biblical truth to the realities of daily life. The following is a Bible study resource I use to help people read and apply the Bible effectively as a follow-up to counseling sessions. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 010 – John Marc Wiemann

The BCC

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

When Trauma Comes to Church

Judy Dabler

Judy Dabler

Believers have the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the people of God to rely on. These three resources make the body of Christ competent to handle even the toughest matters that come its way. Paul thought so, anyway. Continue reading