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

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

Heaven Is for Real…But the Preaching and Pastoral Care Were Not

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

Heaven Is for Real…But the Preaching and Pastoral Care Were Not

I was not planning to see the newly-released movie, Heaven Is for Real. But my extended family wanted to see it…and they wanted my perspective on it. So I went. I won’t be reviewing the movie, but I will reflect on the movie’s depiction of: The Pastor as a Person, The Pastor as a Preacher, and The Pastor as a Pastoral Care Giver. Continue reading

Mental Illness and Compassion

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

Mental Illness and Compassion

As a medical doctor and biblical counselor, there is something I do need to talk about. A lot of questions have been raised about the relationship between terrible outcomes for struggling individuals and the attitude of the church toward the concept of mental illness. Some of what I have read has been constructive. Some of it has muddied the water. Continue reading

Lessons Learned from the Dark Valley of Depression

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

Lessons Learned from the Dark Valley of Depression

Yesterday’s post, The Mind, Body, and Medications, concluded with mention of the experience of Bob Somerville whose lengthy testimony concludes Dr. Laura Hendrickson’s chapter in the new book Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling. Dr. Somerville is a NANC-certified biblical counselor and professor at the Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. In this gutsy testimony, Bob shares how the grace of God brought him through a deep, dark, and unexpected encounter with depression. Continue reading

The Mind, Body, and Medications

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

The Mind, Body, and Medications

In my ongoing study of the subject of mental/emotional illness, counseling, and the church; I found a very helpful chapter in the recently released book, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling. The final chapter, “The Complex Mind/Body Connection,” is written by Dr. Laura Hendrickson. As a trained medical doctor, and board-certified psychiatrist, Laura brings insight that is appreciated within the biblical counseling world. Continue reading

Mental Illness and the Church

Jeremy Pierre

Mental Illness and the Church

In light of the passing of Matthew Warren, who took his life, and in light of much discussion in the Christian community about suicide and mental illness, we asked one of our BCC Council Board members, Dr. Jeremy Pierre, to share his perspective. As we do, we pray for Rick and Kay Warren as they find Christ’s hope in the midst of their grief. And we pray that Dr. Pierre’s insights would be helpful to the Christian community. Continue reading