Talking to someone who is suffering can be disorienting. The person’s emotions and interpretations rush at you. And the sufferer’s pain guarantees you will need to use great care as you interact. But there is opportunity in trials because they give direction and shape to discipleship. This particular trial and this specific suffering become the immediate context in which discipleship takes place. Here are three basics to remember when the opportunity comes. Continue reading
Every Christian needs these 4 skills: effective prayer, truth application, listening, and wise patience. Which skills can you help others learn? In which do you need help. Guest writer Matt Mitchell, a pastor and author of Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue (CLC Publications, 2013), also blogs at “Hot Orthodoxy.” This article…
I’ve been listening to the still small voice recently. Or to put it another way, I’ve been preaching from 1 Kings 19. It’s striking just how little agreement there is about what happened up on the mountain. What was that still small voice? A whisper? A silence? In offering a paraphrase, one writer suggests that what Elijah heard was ‘the sound of a deafening silence.’ Continue reading
Prayer draws us close to God. Biblical Counselor Donna Hart, PhD, on staff at Biblical Counseling Center, deepened her prayer life at a retreat and learned the power of God’s name. Be encouraged. You can gain spiritual strength like Donna. Her article appeared first here on her website and is used with permission. A while…
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
Biblical counseling allows for very honest conversations to be fostered in a safe, truthful, gracious, and raw environment.
And as much as we enjoy the sentiments of that first sentence, many say, “I no longer have those conversations – I have stopped talking to God and I’m certainly not going to share with others. In fact, these conversations bring fear and despair. I’ve stopped talking.” Continue reading
Reflection about depending upon the Holy Spirit as a counselor. A few practical tips are given, and then a request for the BCC community to share their own ideas. Continue reading
A white Crossroads Bible College alumnus started a conversation on Facebook seeking to understand the racial divide. After a few days he decided to close the conversation. Some, many of whom were Christians, could not engage in an edifying conversation.
We are living in a very divisive time. It is a time when Christian compassion, especially within the body of Christ, must provide the needed environment to soften and unite hearts! Continue reading