Fear of Failure

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

The fear of failure is rooted in pride. It is self-worship. Three root causes of this phobia are people-pleasing, perfectionism and pessimism. To overcome the fear of failure, one must choose to trust in God, boast in God and hope in God. Continue reading

Teens and Body Image

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

As I approached writing this blog post, I asked my 18-year-old daughter for input. I asked her what she would like counselors, youth workers, and parents to consider on this topic. She said this: “Body image issues are common, all girls struggle with it. Some of the prettiest, thinnest, and most attractive are the ones who have the most discontent with their bodies.” Continue reading

“There’s an App for That” – When A Social Media Identity Overshadows Identity in Christ

Marie Notcheva

Marie Notcheva

Several years ago, while interviewing girls for her book Lies Young Women Believe, author Nancy Leigh Demoss noted a budding problem: Christian teens, even girls active in their churches, freely admitted to being a “different person” online than they were in front of adults, Christian friends, and youth leaders. Many admitted to saying and doing things on social media (which was still in its early stages) that they would never do in person and to using such platforms to hide behind a “false self.” Continue reading

Resources for Coping or Freedom from Slavery? Part One

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Biblical counseling does not offer religious resources for coping with the problems of life. Rather, it offers a deep, decisive, and progressive freedom from all enslaving forms of performance-oriented law-keeping and enslaving patterns of law-breaking. In the gospel we have a divinely authoritative message of forgiveness, righteousness, freedom, and new life in Christ. And all this is experienced by trusting in the curse-bearing death of Jesus and receiving the blessing of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

BCC Weekend Resource: Living for Approval

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

The BCC Weekend Resource

On weekends, here at the BCC we enjoy pointing you to excellent resources for your Christian life and for your biblical counseling ministry. Today we do so by posting the following blog by Dr. Amy Baker, which is excerpted from Why Do I Care? When Others’ Approval Matters Too Much (releasing Fall 2015 by New Growth Press). Continue reading