Growing Compassionate Counsel Through Imagination

Curtis Solomon

Curtis Solomon

Compassion is one of my favorite words. The etymology of the word points to the basic meaning of “suffering together.” In Ephesians 4:32 the word that is sometimes translated “compassionate” can also be translated “tender-hearted.” We are called to have soft, tender hearts towards those we counsel. We are to enter into the suffering of the people we are seeking to minister to. We are to weep with those who are weeping (Rom. 12:15). But how do we do this with someone whose situation or struggle is completely foreign to us? My encouragement today: use your imagination. Continue reading

Creating a Culture of Compassion across Color, Culture, Gender, and Political Lines (Part 2)

Charles Ware

Charles Ware

As biblical counselors we must never allow compassion feelings to lead us to compromise truth or biblical morality! Too often the body of Christ fractures along the same lines as society (e.g. political, cultural, and racial). Healthy conversations are rare, even among Christians. Gospel-centered compassion must create cultures where edifying conversations lead to unified action for the evangelization of our communities. Continue reading

Creating a Culture of Compassion across Color, Culture, Gender, and Political Lines

Charles Ware

Charles Ware

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

Too Tired to Care

Joshua Waulk

Joshua Waulk

During my law enforcement career, my comrades and I were repeatedly instructed to use caution when responding to an emergency call because, as the saying went, you were no good to anyone and a drain on available resources if you were involved in a vehicle crash on the way.

In a similar fashion, biblical counselors, like first responders and other crisis care agents, are susceptible to a phenomenon known as compassion fatigue. Continue reading

Putting Your Past in Its Place

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

One of the many encouraging trends in the biblical counseling movement is an increased emphasis on the place of suffering in our model and practice. Much more is being written and said about the sadness and brokenness of life than ever before. I believe our sympathetic Savior is pleased by this development, and it has certainly given me direction as I contemplate what wise pastoral ministry sounds, looks, and feels like with people in my office who are under severe trial. Continue reading

When Our Theology Stifles Our Compassion

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

When our Theology Stifles Our Compassion

It is far more difficult to patiently support, silently love, and unceasingly pray than to exegete a passage of Scripture. We need to seek the Holy Spirit regularly for discernment in our approach, in order to be truly competent counselors and compassionate friends. Continue reading