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

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

The Gospel in the Here and Now

What causes people who have experienced God’s forgiveness from past sins and who trust in a glorious future with Him in Heaven to lead what the apostle Peter describes as “ineffective or unfruitful” lives (2 Peter 1:8) in between? Why do I, in my struggle against sin, often find myself trying to perfect by the … Continue reading The Gospel in the Here and Now

Fear, Worry & the God of Rest

Every Christian who struggles with anxiety, fear, worry, panic and the like should read Running Scared: Fear, Worry & the God of Rest, by Ed Welch. Likewise, pastors, counselors, parents and others who shepherd those struggling with anxiety, fear, and worry should also read this very helpful book. If we're honest, to some extent, all … Continue reading Fear, Worry & the God of Rest

One in Four Women & One in Six Men Need To Read This

Those are the conservative estimates of the number of men and women who will be sexually abused at some point in their lifetimes. Rid of My Disgrace by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb is the definitive book for those who have suffered sexual abuse. The Holcombs bring a wealth of training, research and experience to this issue. Dr. … Continue reading One in Four Women & One in Six Men Need To Read This

For Those Who Can’t Help Themselves

Far too many resources for those who are suffering or stuck in sinful patterns are of the self-help variety. Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry, by Mike Wilkerson, is for those who have given up on self-help. This book is the curriculum for Seattle's Mars Hill Church's Redemption … Continue reading For Those Who Can’t Help Themselves