Personality Disorder: What Use Is This Label for a Counselor?

Lucy Ann Moll

Lucy Ann Moll

Picture a classroom of 9-year-olds. One boy slumps low in his chair, sneaking peeks at Snapchat. Nearby three girls in matching Katy Perry t-shirts steal glances at the “weird” new girl. The “weird” girl looks at the rain, her stare blank. Could one of these children one day fit the label of personality disorder? Perhaps. However, the Bible doesn’t use the term personality disorder. In fact, Scripture says the point of counseling is change in personality and behavior. So what does a biblical counselor do with a personality disorder label? Continue reading

The Instant Gratification Trap in Counseling, Part 2

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

Delayed gratification does not come easily for most people. It is choosing to resist present comfort for long-term pleasure. The Christian life is a life of deferred gratification. Jesus teaches us to not store up treasures on earth, but to store up treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:19-21). Continue reading

The Implications of Misplaced Identity

Lee Lewis

Lee Lewis

The idea of identity is one of those nebulous concepts that can be hard to understand. Yet, in my pastoral and counseling ministries I consistently deal with the implications of how people identify themselves. I have found there to be much confusion on this topic and a myriad of opinions in our culture concerning this matter. Continue reading

Emphasizing the Identity of Jesus

Rob Green

The last few years have seen a significant rise in the importance of helping a counselee understand his or her identity IN Christ. We have welcomed (okay, many of us) this emphasis with open arms recognizing that this is an important emphasis in the Scriptures. Practically speaking, when a person understands their identity they are able to love because they are loved by Jesus, they are able to respond with grace because that is how Jesus responds to them, and they are able to be compassionate and merciful because that is what they receive from Jesus. Continue reading