Trauma and the Significance of Meaning

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

“How could he?” It was my counselee’s constant refrain. Her husband’s sins were horrible, and though she had known about them for nearly a year now, the shock of it all was still strong. Some friends and family were annoyed at the repeated phrase and insisted she needed to get over it by now. But when you’ve suffered trauma, the repeated words are a significant indicator of effort. Repetition in the life of a trauma victim is an effort in finding meaning. Meaning is found beyond trauma in the person and work of Christ. Continue reading

A Gospel-Driven Approach to Using Proverbs in Counseling

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Proverbs is a well-known book of the Bible. Proverbs is also a book that causes different reactions among Christians ministers. The reactions range between a “love it” or “ignore it” relationship with Proverbs. Some preachers try to avoid preaching from Proverbs (ignore it). On the other hand, counselors cannot wait to go to Proverbs. The book of Proverbs looks like a collection of practical tips for life that makes preaching so hard and counseling so easy. However, it seems that both can get it wrong. Continue reading

Tensions in Relationships—Can Jesus Help?

Ernie Baker

Ernie Baker

I have many hurting relationships in mind. I am picturing grown men bawling buckets of tears while angry voices echo in my head. This is my life weekly. Thankfully, I am also remembering stabilized relationships even after adultery, and men and women learning to control their volume rather than using their voices as a weapon to cut or bash one another. What makes the difference? Continue reading

The Essential Role of Biblical Counseling in Racial Reconciliation

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

By God’s grace, evangelicals are starting to engage ethnic divisions in the church with greater intentionality. White evangelicals who’ve managed to avoid racial anxiety that many blacks have experienced for generations are beginning to feel its visceral impact in increasing waves. As Pastor Bret Fuller notes, “Every few months, there seems to be a local event that awakens our national conscience to the fact that black and white folks still have a journey to complete.” The journey of which Fuller speaks is one that numerous believers have been legitimately trying to pursue in recent years and, to be completely honest, this path has been more difficult than many of us ever imagined. Continue reading