Monday, 18 June 2018

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A Christian Response to Suicide or Suicidal Thoughts

Tim Allchin of Biblical Counseling Center discusses how Christians can respond to those with suicidal thoughts

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Review: Biblical Counseling Basics

Biblical Counseling Basics: Roots, Beliefs, and Future by Jeremy Lelek provides a comprehensive answer about what biblical counseling is. Lelek does this by defining biblical counseling and then building on it in the three sections of the book.
Lelek's definition of biblical counseling includes the belief that it is a model of care that brings scripture to bear on the struggles of the human soul, while showing how people can flourish as they live in obedience to God.
In the first section he provides a history of Christian soul care from the Garden of Eden to the present day. Following this, in section two, he covers the theological tenants of biblical counseling. These include the use of scripture in counseling, God's role in the counseling process, a biblical understanding of human nature, the process of change, the role of the church in biblical counseling, and an overview of basic counseling methods. In the final section, he explores areas within biblical counseling where the movement is still developing and growing.

Biblical Counseling Basics does provide an excellent explanation of the origins of counseling, showing that it began in the Garden of Eden before the Fall, the beginning of restorative counseling after the Fall, the provision of the law of Moses, and the content of the Old Testament. He then shows how Jesus counseled, the counsel in the New Testament epistles, and how soul care was practiced throughout (Western) church history. He explains the development of the integration of psychology and scripture and the origins and growth of the modern biblical counseling movement.
Lelek also provides an excellent explanation of the authority, inspiration, and inerrancy of scripture, and how these apply to counseling. He explains well how this relates to human nature, human dysfunction, psychological healing, humankind's purpose, and the nature of change.
His emphasis on the importance of letting the Lord work on people's beliefs was helpful. In particular, in relation to beliefs about God, the gospel, people, life history, grace, the functional reality of sin, and its role in human motivations and perceptions. His explanation of the importance of a renewed heart was also insightful. He explains how the remnants of the old self may still affect someone's beliefs, desires, and emotional responses.

As I read the book, there were three areas that concerned me. First, Lelek misunderstands the meaning of general revelation. In the book he understands this to be truths which believers can glean from gifted non-Christian scholars (pages 64 and 195). However, general revelation is the revelation of God himself to all people. It is not truths that we can discover from others. Truth we discover from others is common grace.
Second, he claims that science has verified that chronic depression has a devastating physiological impact in that it causes damage to the brain (page 156). Lelek makes no mention of the brain being adaptive and can be changed when thoughts and behavior change.
And third, when referring to the servant of the LORD in Isaiah 49:4, he claims that Jesus struggled with a sense of purposelessness, lamenting that his labors in earth were for nothing (page 158). Lelek confuses which servant of the LORD is speaking in this Messianic passage. Throughout scripture we read that Jesus was fully aware of his purpose on earth. He who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).

Biblical Counseling Basics: Roots, Beliefs, and Future by Jeremy Lelek provides a comprehensive answer about what biblical counseling is. He does this by providing a definition of biblical counseling, explaining the history of soul care from the Garden of Eden until the present day, covering the theological tenants of biblical counseling, and discussing areas where the movement is growing and maturing.

Addicts: Cross Addiction is Your Only Hope

Justin Lakemacher of Redemption House explains how cross addition is the only hope for addicts

Monday, 11 June 2018

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Six Good Lessons from Disability

Christopher Ralston, Senior Editor of the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability at Joni and Friends International Disability Center, shares six good lessons from disability with Paul Tautges

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

I Thought it was Going to be Different

Are you or your counselee dealing with disappointment? Does this statement reflect you? "I thought this was going to be different!" How can you respond? Kevin Carson suggests how to trust the Lord in such situations

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Protecting Abused Women

In this ACBC podcast, Dale Johnson and Heath Lambert speak about the role of the church in helping abused women

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

A Time for Choosing

Heath Lambert lovingly speaks about the situation with Paige Patterson and how the Bible commands us to care for the abused

Monday, 28 May 2018

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018

International Association of Biblical Counselors

In this BCC podcast, Kevin Hurt speaks about the work of the International Association of Biblical Counselors in various countries around the world.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Julie Ganschow discusses the help, healing, and hope the church can offer through the power of the Gospel to post-abortive women.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

Substance abuse is often a factor in situations of domestic violence. In this session author Chris Moles will help counselors learn to deal with situations like these

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Monday, 16 April 2018

Canadian Biblical Counselling Coalition Annual Conference Videos

The Canadian Biblical Counselling Coalition recently held a conference about having hope in suffering. The videos for the teaching are available here

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Debilitated and Diminished - What Others are Saying

Debilitated and Diminished: what others are saying:
Debilitated and Diminished is a wonderfully helpful book for any biblical counselor. I’ve always been a bit uncomfortable with the term “emotional abuse” because I think it can be thrown around too easily; some women simply live with an inconsiderate and selfish husband. But does that constitute emotional abuse? And how do you counsel biblically and compassionately? Dr. Dryburgh answers these questions with a clear, solidly biblical approach. She first defines and describes what is meant by emotional abuse, what typical types of behavior are displayed by an abuser, and what the abuser is typically trying to achieve. She then recommends ways to counsel Scripturally which includes the role of the church as well as how to help the wife think and act biblically. After reading this book, I feel much better equipped to help women who are caught in an emotionally abusive marriage. Highly recommended!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The Natural Regression of a Woman

Mable celebrated her forty-seventh birthday today. Birthdays, like anniversaries, tend to stir-up the “way back machine,” and so it did for Mable as she spent most of her morning reflecting on her life.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

40 Questions to Help Those Battling Depression

Paul Tautges suggests 40 questions to keep in mind as we seek to help people struggling with depression

Monday, 9 April 2018

Chris Moles - Helping Abusive Men

Curtis Solomon interviews Chris Moles about the work he does helping abusive men. Chris provides helpful insights, including the contrast between the mindset of entitlement and responsibility

Friday, 6 April 2018

Addiction Resources

Paul Tautges has updated his list of suggested resources for those struggling with addiction

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Friday, 23 March 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Troubled by Triggers?

Andrea Lee provides helpful suggestions for how to help people who experience emotional difficulties after triggers

Monday, 19 March 2018

Inside the Heart of a CSA Survivor

Pam Gannon provides compassionate insights into what goes on in the mind of a victim of childhood sexual abuse

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Debilitated and Diminished what others are saying:

The biblical principles that Dr. Anne Dryburgh shares in "Debilitated and Diminished" are tried and true. In her book is a clear and concise breakdown of biblical principles, along with great practical applications to help women suffering under emotional abuse. Chapter 4 is also a valuable resource, as it covers the role of the church and how to come alongside and be a friend to the abused wife. Even though "Debilitated and Diminished" is full of deep and profound truth, it's an easy read. As I said... clear and concise! Whether you're in ministry, or a friend of someone suffering under emotional abuse, this book would be a great tool for your tool belt! And, even though this book is geared towards helping the emotionally abused wife; many of the principles could apply to emotional abuse occuring in different dynamics. We have requested that anyone in a leadership role, within our church read this book. It is so important to be united in our approach to helping these women and their families! I highly recommend this book!

Monday, 12 March 2018

Counseling a Liar 1: The Heart of a Lie

New Blog Series from Faith Church Lafayette. Counseling a Liar, pt 1: "If you leave a garden unattended, it will grow weeds. If you leave it for years and years, it will be impossible for you to tell that it was ever a garden at all. The person that chooses to lie has chosen not to cultivate..." Read further

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Monday, 5 March 2018

Helping those Struggling with Addictions - Dr. Mark Shaw

In this interview, Dr. Mark Shaw speaks about opportunities for help for those struggling with addictions and about becoming more equipped to support them

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


All of us will experience some level of loneliness at some point in our lives. The people who are most likely to experience the biting pain of loneliness include those who are facing bereavement, marital problems and/or divorce, chronic illness, unfamiliar surroundings or culture, or children who are growing up in a difficult home. Continue reading

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Biblical Counseling and Mental Illness

In counseling, we often find ourselves confronted with the question: Which issues are spiritual problems and which are not?Are people suffering because of physical or because of spiritual problems? What about “mental illness”? What is “weakness”? When should we talk of sin?
We need to know: What issues is the Bible and “Biblical Counseling” sufficient for? What are our opportunities and what are our limits?
Wrong answers and approaches to these questions have led to much pain in the practice of counseling. At our NBS-Conference 2018 we want to address these important issues.
Our speakers are: Dr. Heath Lambert, pastor, professor, author, and director of ACBC, as well as Dr. Charles Hodges and Dr. Dan Wickert, two medical doctors who pursue both their medical practices, as well as biblical counseling. Both have dealt extensively with this area of study and are known for their work through lectures and publications.
During the three-day conference, there will be six main sessions, as well as numerous breakout sessions to address this crucial topic. Other counseling topics will be addressed during the breakout sessions. On Friday night, there will be an “open evening”, which will address a special topic.
The main sessions, as well as several breakout sessions will be offered in English and translated into German. Some breakout sessions will only be offered in English or German.
Please find all information about the conference here

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Friday, 2 February 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Hope for Healing - Borderline Personality Disorder

David Powlison shares insights into how to bring hope to someone who has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Cross Addiction

Cross addiction is your only hope, to point addicts to their only source of hope: Jesus Christ. Blog article by Justin Lakemacher of Redemption House.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Deeper Faith in the Midst of Grief

Jenn Chenn shares about knowing the Lord in a new way as she grieved after the sudden death of her father

Friday, 26 January 2018

Book Review: Marry Wisely Marry Well

Are you single and worried about marrying the wrong person? Or do you fear that if you were to get married, it would only end in divorce? Ernie Baker has written a hope-filled book to calm your worries and fears called Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Personal Preparation. If marriage is a future possibility, regardless of your current relationship status, this book provides biblical wisdom for how to marry wisely and marry well. Continue reading

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

It is heartbreaking to see dear Christian women suffer in emotionally abusive marriages. This book suggests a biblical approach for helping them. All proceeds are for supporting Belgian gospel workers. The book is now available

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Forgiveness After Abortion

How can we care for women who have had an abortion and are suffering with regret and guilt. Julie Ganschow shares from her years of experience of helping these dear women.

12 Ways to Lie About Sexual Sin (and inappropriate relationships)

Brad Hambrick  shows 12 ways that people lie about sexual sin and inappropriate relationships