Priorities in Finding A Godly Spouse from Genesis 24

In Genesis 24, Abraham decides that it is time for his beloved son Isaac to have a wife. Now, in Abraham's day, as in some places in the world still today, marriages were "arranged" by the families of the bride and groom. So, like all good dads of his time and place in history, Abraham arranged … Continue reading Priorities in Finding A Godly Spouse from Genesis 24

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Ten Gospel-Centered Books on Marriage

According to Ephesians 5:22-33 and 1 Peter 2:13-3:7, God created marriage to be a sweet picture of the Gospel in action. Therefore, the goal of biblical counseling with married couples is to, by God’s Spirit, point them to the Gospel and its magnificent implications for marriage. In that regard, I highly recommend and use each … Continue reading Ten Gospel-Centered Books on Marriage

Helping the Student Who Self-Injures

Self-injury (sometimes called "cutting") is the intentional infliction of injury to self without the aid of another person for the purpose of venting anger or self-justification. The intent is typically not suicidal. The self-injurer wants to live, but is simply trying to cope with extreme self-hate or anger. Although cutting the skin is the most … Continue reading Helping the Student Who Self-Injures

Awakening to the Gospel

Ray Ortlund begins his foreword to Jared C. Wilson's Gospel Wakefulness like this: What is the spiritual future of our churches? If our future is going to be better than our present, we have to change. How does change happen? Not by our own brilliance or willpower. Not even by agreement with the gospel. We … Continue reading Awakening to the Gospel

Biblical Counseling: The Growth of a Movement

I first read Jay Adams' landmark work Competent to Counsel in 1990, 20 years after it was first published. At that time, I was an investment banker serving as a lay youth worker in a growing Southern Baptist church, and Adams opened my eyes to a ministry that I had never before considered. Three years … Continue reading Biblical Counseling: The Growth of a Movement

Tim & Kathy Keller on Marriage

W.H. Auden, in A Certain World: A Commonplace Book, wrote this of marriage: "Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotions but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate." Could this statement be true? The assertion that any relationship … Continue reading Tim & Kathy Keller on Marriage

Equipped to Counsel: A Training Program in Biblical Counseling

Accompanying the recent growth in the biblical counseling movement has been an increased need for training and skill development in this paradigm. To that end, I am excited to offer this review of Equipped to Counsel: A Training Program in Biblical Counseling, developed by John Henderson, PhD. Dr. Henderson is an experienced biblical counselor in private … Continue reading Equipped to Counsel: A Training Program in Biblical Counseling