Why Women Counselors Should Study Theology

Caroline Newheiser

Caroline Newheiser

This past week I have been privileged to sit in a Systematic Theology class taught by Kevin de Young at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am a counseling student learning theology. The class read 685 pages of Francis Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology, published in 1679. Is the study of God an important part of the counseling curriculum? Should women even study theology? Why should anyone read systematic theology books written long ago? Shouldn’t we just love Jesus? Continue reading

Remembering the Attributes of God in Counseling

Sean Gould

Sean Gould

When I was in college, God used a number of means to help me grow as a young Christian. I was thankful to be part of a healthy church that preached God’s Word, I had many relationships with other Christian brothers and sisters that encouraged me forward, and I also came in contact with a good number of solid books which deepened my understanding of God and His ways. Perhaps the most impacting books I read in my early Christian years were books on the attributes of God. Charnock, Tozer, Packer, and Pink were all wise friends who gave me a fuller and more majestic view of God through their writings. Continue reading

A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry Book Review

Nate Brooks

Nate Brooks

Heath Lambert is not naive as to the contrary position he’s espousing in A Theology of Biblical Counseling. The first words of the first chapter declare, “Counseling is a theological discipline. There. If you have continued to read beyond the first sentence, you have already completed the most controversial part of this book” (p. 11). The disagreement between integrationists and biblical counselors has always been largely jurisdictional. Continue reading

Expanding Our Scripture Vocabulary

Lilly Park

Lilly Park

How would you rate your growing knowledge of Scripture? Note that I added “growing” in front of knowledge, because God is more concerned with our growth in the knowledge of Him (Ps. 86:11) than arriving at a level of “I know a lot about the Bible.” Continue reading

Leading Others to the Good Shepherd

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

Perhaps the greatest privilege and joy of involvement in the personal ministry of the Word is leading others to the green pastures of safety and security where Jesus, the Good Shepherd, never fails to care for them. Understanding and believing in Jesus as the only Lord and Savior is only the beginning, not the end, of their relationship with God and, therefore, only the beginning of our ministry to them. Yes, the Christian life begins with repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ as one’s sin-bearing Savior; however, it continues and thrives most fruitfully as disciples learn to walk humbly with our God by following the Good Shepherd. Therefore, meditating on the loving care of the Good Shepherd for His sheep builds up our faith and equips us to more tenderly care for those to whom He calls us to minister His grace and truth. Listen to how Jesus describes Himself. Continue reading