Faithfully Protestant – Heath Lambert

This post is a live transcript and recording of Heath Lambert’s plenary session entitled “Faithfully Protestant: Biblical Counseling and the Reformation” at the 2017 ACBC Faithfully Protestant Conference. This is an editable post with revisions still being made to the live blog.   Faithfully Protestant: Biblical Counseling and the Reformation           10.2.17…

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What Do Addicts Need from You?

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

If you have a family member or friend trapped in the throes of addiction, you know enduring pain. One of the most devastating realities of addiction is that it inflicts collateral damage on loved ones — the people trying to help the most end up being hurt the most.

Care for people struggling in addiction demands a resiliency of character and commitment that is extraordinarily difficult to sustain over time. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 022 – Heath Lambert

The BCC

The BCC

This week’s episode of 15:14 features an interview with Dr. Heath Lambert, Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Dr. Lambert shares about the upcoming 2017 ACBC Annual Conference, “Faithfully Protestant.” Learn about the theme of the conference, some teasers about things that will be revealed at the conference as well as some information about the pre-confernece “Crafting a Covenant.” And of course find out more about Dr. Lambert in the segment “Two Minute Favorites.” Continue reading

Thirsty Souls Need Living Water

Betty-Anne Van Rees

Betty-Anne Van Rees

So often when someone reaches out for help, they are like parched ground. Confused, hurting, worn out from effort – without hope. They aren’t quite sure how they got to this scorched land but they feel the drought and the resulting dehydration. Often they sense it is life threatening and the truth is, this may actually be so. Continue reading

Grieving Broken Dreams

Lilly Park

Lilly Park

We often talk about grieving in relation to death. But a form of grieving can also occur when certain life dreams become just that—a dream. Here are a few stories with changed names which illustrate this truth. Mary is a widow after being married for over fifty years. Sally’s husband hasn’t been faithful to her for many years and now may have a form of dementia. Andrea suffered a stroke a few years ago. She used to be a successful businesswoman. For each person, there was one word in our conversation that started a flood of tears—grief. Continue reading

The Gift of Tears

David Robinson

David Robinson

A woman who lost her husband recently shared of a particularly difficult night of despair and hopelessness. It was a night of desperate loneliness. That same night someone happened to call her and she shared her deep grief. As the person listened, they concluded this woman ought to go see a counsellor.

As she shared her story with me, I wondered, “Did she really need a counsellor?” Continue reading

Adelante! Adelante!

Kevin Hurt

Kevin Hurt

Three days before reaching the New World, the crew begged him to turn back, fearing if they went farther they couldn’t catch enough wind to return to Spain before running out of food and water. But Christopher Columbus had one word for his faltering men: Adelante! Adelante! — Onward! Onward! Continue reading

Can Your Counselee See The Invisible?

Carol Cornish

Carol Cornish

Our culture is awash in materialism. Though many people give lip service to religion, and books about spirituality (whatever that is) soar to the top of bestseller lists, their day to day behaviors reveal a functional materialism. Rather than addressing a prevailing consumerist mindset, let’s consider how to help people who are stuck in knowledge that comes only from their physical senses. Continue reading