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15:14 Ep. 011 – Jeremy Pierre

The BCC

The BCC

This episode of 15:14 features Dr. Jeremy Pierre who serves on the Board of Directors for the BCC. Dr. Pierre is Dean of Students at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as Associate Professor and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department. In addition, he serves as a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church. In this episode, Dr. Pierre shares the value and importance of the academic side of the biblical counseling movement. Continue reading

Ezra 7:10 and the Counselor

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

Faithful counselors are conscientious; they exercise great care in guiding others with the Word of God. Additionally, they seek to listen well, speak truth graciously, and rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish His transforming work in the hearts and minds of those whom they help. However, as admirable as all of this is, the neglect of our own obedience is a real danger. It is possible to go through the motions, teaching what we know is good counsel while at the same time failing to consider the relationship that our own personal Bible study and daily walk with the Lord have upon the effectiveness of our ministry. For this reason, I’d like us to ponder one simple verse hidden away in one of the books of the Minor Prophets. Ezra 7:10 reads, “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Continue reading

The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life

Nate Brooks

Nate Brooks

A question I always want to ask of a book before I spend my time and currency on it is, “Why do you exist?” In a world of expansive publishing, why should I read this particular book on a given subject and not a different book that covers much of the same ground? While much has been written on topics frequently addressed by biblical counselors, Jeremy Pierre’s The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life treads upon ground that has remained relatively undisturbed by the heels of those in the biblical counseling movement. Continue reading

Plan to Get Hope During the First Counseling Session

Ken Long

Ken Long

When starting with a new counselee, the first session is a most important one for both counselor and counselee. A wise counselor once said, “When you start, have in mind how you want to finish.” For us as biblical counselors, we desire that there will be God-like change in the heart of our counselee. This kind of change points to the glory of our God, 1 Corinthians 10:31, and is good for the counselee, Hebrews 5:14. Even in the first session, we should have clearly in mind the goal that we would like for the counseling. Continue reading

Teen Discipline vs. Punishment

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

Parents, you want me to change your child’s behavior. This is why you have brought her to counseling. She is driving you nuts with her meltdowns and defiance. You tell me that she is needy, attention-seeking, and unwilling to trust God. You are at your wit’s end, having tried every form of punishment you can think of. And still, there is no change. Continue reading

Balanced Way to Help an Abuse Victim (part 1)

An abuse victim needs loving support from spiritual leaders and friends. In this article by guest writer Jim Newheiser, which appeared first here, he recognizes a pendulum swing in addressing this difficult problem. He offers an assertion, a valid concern, as well as harm that be be caused. He followed this by a balanced approach…

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The Implications of Misplaced Identity

Lee Lewis

Lee Lewis

The idea of identity is one of those nebulous concepts that can be hard to understand. Yet, in my pastoral and counseling ministries I consistently deal with the implications of how people identify themselves. I have found there to be much confusion on this topic and a myriad of opinions in our culture concerning this matter. Continue reading