15 Luther Quotes of Note on the Sufficiency of Scripture Martin Luther is famous for his Ninety-Five Theses which launched the Reformation. So, I thought I would collate my favorite 95 Martin Luther quotes from my upcoming book: Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life (releasing August 14 with New Growth
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Author and blogger Tim Challies joins Curtis for this episode of 15:14. Tim shares the importance of the supremacy of Scripture in counseling, writing and every area of life. Tim also shares thoughts on digital vs. print bibles, the importance of face-to-face interaction in a digital world and some advice for those getting into the blogosphere. Continue reading
One of the criticisms that I hear of biblical counselors is that we have little or no interest in what science has to say about the emotional struggles of life. We are considered science deniers when we disagree with the … Continue reading
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
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
Biblical counselors would be the first to affirm that God’s Word is the source of our counseling and the Spirit’s agent for change. But are we communicating that in an effective way to our counselees in our actual practice? Are we really depending on the power of God through His Word to arrest, comfort, and transform hearts? Do those who minister in a more informal way in our churches understand the value of pointing to the Word, before they offer an outside resource? Continue reading
What makes counselling effective? What gives counselees an expectation that counselling will be a productive use of their time? In other words, how do we know that counselling will work? This is obviously a very important question, and it is one that has been at the center of numerous studies. Continue reading
The top 5 books on a theology of biblical counseling introduces readers to the theological concepts that root the discipline in Scripture and real life.
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Today, Jeremy continues his exploration of how focusing on Christ’s glory with counselees opens up a new way of accessing the hope of the gospel for change. Continue reading
In today’s post and in our next post Jeremy Lelek unpacks the radical perspective Scriptures offers to counselees whose struggles require radical change in their lives.
Have you ever sat with someone struggling with extreme issues; problems that would likely garner such diagnoses as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, or Pedophilia from a psychiatrist or psychologist? Continue reading