A Personal Testimony and Counseling Implications

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Psalm 40: 1-3 models how David shares his testimony with the result that “Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD” (Psalm 40:3). Our personal stories can be a helpful part of relating to counselees and showing what change looks like in real life if they are accurate, brief, and Christ-centered. Continue reading

Contentitis

Ernie Baker

Ernie Baker

Do people grow just by knowing biblical content? Does memorizing biblical facts and hearing lectures alone prepare a person for ministry? Does just hearing content sanctify? Does knowing a lot about the Bible naturally lead to maturity? If training is more than knowing content, then what are the other ingredients? What are the dangers of just giving people content?  

As one who has been around the Church for 59 years and been actively involved in the spiritual growth of the Church both at the local church, academic, and international level for 37 years, these questions have intrigued, haunted, pestered, and even plagued me. Continue reading

Review of David Powlison’s “How Does Sanctification Work?”

Nate Brooks

Nate Brooks

While biblical counseling may be simple, it is not simplistic. Unlike Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, The Internal Family Systems Model, and other counseling approaches, biblical counseling cannot be diminished into a reductionistic methodology. It is against this idea that sanctification is a formulaic one-size-fits-all affair, that David Powlison writes his new book, How Does Sanctification Work? Continue reading

How is Counseling Like Parenting?

Sean Gould

Sean Gould

I am often reminded of God’s grace and love for me when I spend time with my 5-year-old daughter, Jane. There are many blessings from God wrapped up in her endless supply of energy and play. One of these that can often be overlooked is my own sanctification. God in his kindness has, in one way, given me a daughter to care for and shepherd in order that I might grow in holiness. Continue reading

How Does Sanctification Work? (Part 2)

David Powlison (CCEF)

David Powlison (CCEF)

In our last post, David Powlison began an exploration of how God brings about change in the lives of his people. Although it is tempting to generalize from one theme of Scripture or from one’s own experiences, David has raised important questions about the legitimacy of doing this. Today, he continues his exploration. Continue reading

How Does Sanctification Work?

David Powlison (CCEF)

David Powlison (CCEF)

This post—and our next post this week—have been submitted by Dr. David Powlison, one of the presenters for Biblical Counseling Coalition’s Global Summit, June 5-7, 2016. To hear more of David’s insights on biblical counseling’s potential to touch the hearts of people around the world, consider joining us for the Summit. Continue reading

Resources for Coping or Freedom from Slavery? Part Two

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 the counterfeits of legalism (law-keeping) and license (law-breaking). We experience this freedom in Christ as we “crucify the flesh,” “keep in step with the Spirit” and “through love serve one another.” 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

4 Examples of the Exposing Essence of Suffering

Lee Lewis

Lee Lewis

The realities of suffering are often approached with questions in the form of why. This is understandable, especially when you consider how alone and uncertain one can feel when they are in a place of hardship. While asking questions as to the why of suffering is not wrong, to stay in that place misses the opportunity to seek the face of the Lord as to the what. What are you trying to show me God? What are you trying to reveal in me God? What is it you have in store with this God? Questions like these align our hearts with God’s purposes in suffering. He is revealing our hearts and exposing where we have trusted creation above the Creator. Continue reading