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

Helping the Sluggard

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Laziness is a common secondary issue that aggravates any presenting problem. Laziness is not secondary because it is not a sin, but because it is rarely the presenting problem. Usually, counselees are not seeking help because they are lazy and want to change. However, laziness becomes a powerful aggravating issue. Laziness hinders true change because it keeps the counselee away from God-given sources of change. Continue reading

God’s Counsel About Counseling Youth

Rick Horne

Proverbs is about easy sex, easy money, good and bad friendships, beauty, fear of what others think of me, careless lending, laziness and work, pleasure and pain, impetuous angry reactions, unguarded careless speech, a good or bad reputation. The list goes on and on. Pithy statements about hundreds of life experiences that concern young adults and God’s wisdom for them all: that’s Proverbs. Proverbs is a young adults’ book. Continue reading

How Do We Know Whether People Are Truly Changing?

Kevin Hurt

Kevin Hurt

How Do We Know Whether People Are Truly Changing

We are becoming smarter in many ways while at the same time never learning how to do life. It would be safe to say that we are surrounded by the rise of knowledge, and at the same time a bumper crop of brilliant failures. Knowledge may rapidly change the conditions of the human experience and life, but it can never change the condition of the human heart. Continue reading

Toy Story, Proverbs and Friendship

Jonathan Holmes

The Proverbs are a great place to start for learning about friendship. They provide a rich portrait of biblical friendship. Over the balance of the book, four distinct qualities of biblical friendship come to the forefront: constancy, carefulness, candor, and counsel. Continue reading

Friday’s 5 to Live By

The BCC

The BCC

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

Listening by “WALKing”

Garrett Higbee

Garrett Higbee

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes really blow it when it comes to listening well. I am too up in my head about what I want to say in response to really hear the other person’s heart. In thirty … Continue reading

The Four Levels of Relating

Nicolas Ellen

Five Minutes to Live If you only had five minutes to live, what would you want to say to the person that is closest to you? Would there be anything you would want to do for them before you died? … Continue reading