Review of Bob Kellemen’s Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

In Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life, Kellemen uses the historic spiritual care framework (two themes and four tasks) as a guide to the theology and practice of Luther the counselor. The result? Pastoral golden nuggets! Far too many to mention in a short review. So in the limited space that I have, I will share one particular insight that really struck me and then one question I was left with afterwards. Continue reading

More than Preachers: The Solas and Soul-Care of the Reformers (Part 2)

Soul-Care After the Reformation In spite of the strong convictions of the pastoring reformers, soul-care did not receive the same notoriety as the sola doctrines and leadership reform after the Reformation. By the time of Luther’s death even the German Reformation proper had lost a significant portion of its earlier…

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After Darkness, Light: Christians and Counseling in the Twenty-First Century

Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert

I fear that after more than a century of the influence of secular therapy, the Christian witness to the grace of Jesus Christ has been diluted in the crucial ministry of counseling. Luther intended his Theses to spark a debate that the faithful needed to have about how the good news of Jesus Christ related to a critical area of church practice. My intent is similar in offering these 95 Theses for an Authentically Christian Commitment to Counseling. I believe the church today must have the same kind of debate about grace with respect to counseling that Luther wanted to have in his day with respect to indulgences. Continue reading