Reclaimed Hope

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Vision of Hope (VOH) is a residential program for women ages 14 and older struggling with eating disorders, addiction issues of all types, self-harm habits, and unplanned pregnancies. With loving pastoral oversight and church family support based upon relationship-building among residents and church members, VOH is intricately woven into the fabric of Faith Church. A few years ago, VOH launched an “upcycling” thrift store called Reclaimed Hope. Some spiritual metaphors of the thrift store and the program itself come to mind. Continue reading

The Instant Gratification Trap in Counseling, Part 1

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

We are born with a desire to gratify ourselves. We are driven by innate desires for food, water, sleep, shelter, fellowship, and communication. This is how civilization develops and progresses. Incredible inventions were created that have made life easier, such as the washing machine and the telephone. Instant gratification is not a new phenomenon. However, our expectation of “instant” is faster than ever. 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

Friday’s 5 to Live By

The BCC

The BCC

Friday's 5 To Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top 5 biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living. Continue reading

Finding Security in the Midst of Our Insecurities

Jonathan Holmes

Finding Security in the Midst of Our Insecurities

Paul writes some of the most comforting words in all of his writings in Romans 8:1 where he states, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” That one little word, now could not come at a better time for many of us. Helping a counselee truly soak in this precious truth is a noble and worthy endeavor for those who care for souls. One of the issues which often arises in counseling is the issue of insecurities. Continue reading

Friday’s 5 to Live By

The BCC

The BCC

Friday's 5 To Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top 5 biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living. Continue reading

Good News for Single Men

Abe Meysenburg

Good News for Single Men

Last night I had a conversation with a handful of single men from our Soma Tacoma family. As a shepherd and elder who cares deeply for the hearts of people, I’d like to speak directly to other single men about a few of the takeaways from our two-plus-hour dialogue. Continue reading

Who Am I…Really?

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Identity in Christ Series - Who Am I…Really

We inevitably live out of our sense of who we are. Inferior identities are God-demeaning and self-destructive. Out true identity in Christ leads to the freedom and joy of living as beloved children of God. Biblical counselors have the privilege and responsibility to help counselees see, understand, and grow up into this glorious new identity—the very image of Christ. Continue reading