Bob and Betty pull you aside after the morning service, and with a mixed look of despair and frustration ask if they could meet with you later in the day. Without giving details in their request to meet, their bloodshot eyes indicate that their world has somehow imploded. Wanting to help and without giving it […]

Editor’s Note: This is part three in a series. Part one may be found here, and part two may be found here. In previous posts, we considered how seriously God’s Word condemns laziness. We also looked at some ways that the Scriptures connect laziness to other sins and common counseling issues. In this post, I’d like especially to focus on the Scriptural judgment of laziness as a failure to love one’s neighbor. This insight has been […]

Last summer, designer Kate Spade committed suicide. A few days later, chef Anthony Bourdain also took his life. Those two events not only made people question, “How could someone take their own life?” but “How could two so successful people take their own lives?” One columnist wrote, What stands out both Spadeʼs and Bourdainʼs death is the […]

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two part series. Part one addresses The Gospel in Miniature, and The Sad Realities of False Gospels. This article discusses examples of false gospels. The book of Galatians doesn’t specify all the different kinds of false gospels, but it does hint at some that were leading the Galatians astray, and from those hints, and from looking at history, we can deduce a number of other kinds of false gospels […]

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two part series. This article addresses The Gospel in Miniature, and The Sad Realities of False Gospels. Part two discusses examples of false gospels. United Press International reported a few years ago that Italian police had seized $6 trillion in counterfeit U.S. bonds stored in Switzerland that were “possibly” to be used to purchase plutonium… Police said an “organization specializing in international financial transactions guaranteed by counterfeit U.S. bonds,” had moved the […]

In our suffering, we can often respond with much self-focus. If you’re like me when you get sick, you find it challenging to think about much else beyond, “Wow…I feel crummy and I don’t want to feel this way anymore.”  When life hurts, you have likely asked one or more of these questions: “Why?” “Why […]

“Have you ever read a passage of Scripture numerous times, only to read it again and have a particular insight capture your attention and stir up your affections for the first time? As we enter into another year, allow me to share a phrase packed with Gospel implications that call us to exemplify the worthiness […]

For many of us, it can be all too easy to agree with Solomon when he writes, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Eccl 1:2), and “All things are wearisome” (Eccl 1:8). We—like he—may consider all that happens in the world (or even just in our own lives) and conclude that there is only grief […]

. This is the second post in a two part series around mistakes new counselors often make. You can read part 1 of this series here. I have the privilege of training and supervising biblical counselors nearly every week. Working with those who disciple and minister as biblical counselors is a part of my pastoral […]

Editor’s note: If you haven’t yet, make sure you read Part 1 of this post! These two posts are the fourth installment in the series “Songs of the Heart” by Terry Enns, a collection of studies on the Psalms and Biblical Counseling. Other titles in this series include “One Thing” – Parts 1 and 2;  “Joy Comes […]