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
The university years are filled with potential and opportunity. Students are exploring the realities of their identity in Christ beyond their parents’ instruction. There’re not playing with Monopoly money anymore, the training wheels are off, and they know it. These are the days that shape a trajectory for the rest of their lives. At times life can become overwhelming. What major should I choose? Should I take out more student loans? Should I go overseas this summer? Should I get married? What if I don’t get married? Should I create a startup company and surf every day for the rest of my life? Continue reading
One of the most difficult issues you may face in formal or informal counseling situations is a lack of teachability in the person whom you are trying to help. When a counselee is resistant or unwilling to receive your input, it can be a frustrating, disappointing, and even heartbreaking experience. Unfortunately, all pastors and counselors will face this issue sooner or later with individuals they disciple and/or counsel. Continue reading
Blogging brings joy when its message is useful to readers. If the timing is right and the message is challenging, then the result might be a course correction that yields a personal blessing to the reader. The hand of the Lord in using the blog becomes obvious. Continue reading
You’re reading the second in a multi-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Scripture and Counseling. In today’s post, Kevin Carson ponders The Role of Biblical Authority in Sifting Advice. Continue reading
Counseling can feel glossy and professional sometimes, but, says Dr. Ed Welch, the real action is just when non-professionals, people in ministry who care, come alongside people and ask them how they’re doing. Continue reading