Friday’s 5 to Live By

The BCC

The BCC

Friday's 5 To Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top 5 biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living. Continue reading

A Grief Like No Other: When a Friend Loses a Child

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

So many of my friends have gone through the unspeakable agony of losing a child—whether in vitro, in infancy, or adolescence—but this is a lonely, solitary agony that even those closest to the parent cannot really shoulder. We want to enter into grief with a friend, and yet cannot fully. Empathy is the closest we can come. Continue reading

Friday’s 5 to Live By

The BCC

The BCC

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top 5 biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living. Continue reading

Loss: Finding Hope That Lasts When Life Falls Apart

David Powlison (CCEF)

David Powlison (CCEF)

Loss--Finding Hope That Lasts When Life Falls Apart

The mission of the BCC is to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. The BCC is not about the BCC; the BCC is about BC. Today we use our BCC “megaphone” to highlight a personal invitation sent from the CCEF’s Executive Director, David Powlison, to you to attend the 2014 CCEF National Conference on Loss: Finding Hope that Lasts When Life Falls Apart. Continue reading

4 Things Not to Say to Hurting People

Colin Mattoon

Colin Mattoon

4 Things Not to Say to Hurting People

If you are a Christian who has faced suffering in your life, then you have probably encountered a fellow Christian who wanted to provide comfort and help to you. Some of them were probably helpful, while others…not so much. Most people, including myself, have said things that are unhelpful and have made things worse for brothers and sisters who are suffering. Here are 4 things not to say to people who are hurting. Continue reading

You Are Not Alone

Matt Johnson

You Are Not Alone

Many of us counsel people in the church, and letting them know that we’re all in the same boat together can go a long way. The common bond you have is not so much the type of sin and suffering as much as kind and degree. Continue reading

Depression, Catastrophizing, and Elijah

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Depression, Catastrophizing, and Elijah

Catastrophizing exaggerates our troubles and is often linked to depression. God’s gracious dealing with Elijah in 1 Kings 19 gives us a model for dealing with our own and others’ distorted sense of helplessness. The “RRPL” response gives practical steps to move toward God for restored perspective and hope. Continue reading