When I was in college, God used a number of means to help me grow as a young Christian. I was thankful to be part of a healthy church that preached God’s Word, I had many relationships with other Christian brothers and sisters that encouraged me forward, and I also came in contact with a good number of solid books which deepened my understanding of God and His ways. Perhaps the most impacting books I read in my early Christian years were books on the attributes of God. Charnock, Tozer, Packer, and Pink were all wise friends who gave me a fuller and more majestic view of God through their writings. Continue reading
Do people grow just by knowing biblical content? Does memorizing biblical facts and hearing lectures alone prepare a person for ministry? Does just hearing content sanctify? Does knowing a lot about the Bible naturally lead to maturity? If training is more than knowing content, then what are the other ingredients? What are the dangers of just giving people content?
As one who has been around the Church for 59 years and been actively involved in the spiritual growth of the Church both at the local church, academic, and international level for 37 years, these questions have intrigued, haunted, pestered, and even plagued me. Continue reading
Do you remember receiving a good piece of advice at some point in your life? What was it? Did it involve something regarding a daily task or a specific way of handling a relationship? Often times, a good piece of advice is simple, pithy, and to the point. Continue reading
This was a unique opportunity for Canadians. While some have pursued training in biblical counselling or have read books on biblical counselling topics, there have been few opportunities to talk to others who are also pursuing this type of ministry training. Many connections were made, and we are already hearing that those relationships are being effectively used by God for mutual edification and encouragement. Continue reading
Incarnating means putting something into flesh. Jesus was God incarnate. God put on human flesh or, another way to say it, he was clothed in humanity. In a similar way, as believers, we are called to incarnate Jesus. We are to be clothed in Christ (Romans 13:14). And indeed we are (Galatians 3:27). As believers our lives become testimonies of this truth. Continue reading
One of the things I teach my counseling students is that all counseling problems are on some level theological problems. It may be that the person is unregenerate or, like most of the people I see, does not understand justification and sanctification in their salvation.
The Bible describes us as “being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:13), yet I find women are routinely overwhelmed, discouraged, and in a state of hopelessness because they continue to struggle with sin. Continue reading
If you’ve been in ministry for a while, I’m sure you’ve encountered hurting people who resist biblical counsel. They are quick to say something like, “Yeah, I know that, but …” Assuming relevant Scripture is offered, why wouldn’t a Christian be eager to receive God’s Word? Let’s consider some possible reasons. Continue reading
“Mentoring” is a buzzword in our current culture. A quick google search on the words “mentoring teenagers” yields dozens of articles, blogs, organizations, and curricula to mentor teens in both the secular and Christian realms.
Biblical mentoring sets itself apart from many other mentoring strategies because it is not a program or a formalized ministry. Continue reading
The Pastor and Counseling January 7-8, 2016 Counseling is one of the harder things pastors have to do, especially when knowing how to help is unclear. Understanding someone’s struggle is often far less straightforward than understanding what Scripture says on … Continue reading
On weekends, we often like to highlight upcoming biblical counseling conferences. This weekend we are using our BCC “megaphone” to make you aware of the October 16-17, 2015 Columbus, Ohio Biblical Counseling Conference 2015 The conference is being hosted by Fellowship Baptist Church of Dublin, Ohio. Dr. Bob Kellemen and Pastor Jim Stevanus are the keynote speakers. Continue reading