This post is a book review of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture, edited by Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert; B&H, 2015 (paper); 366 pp. $24.99 I’ve been pastoring for over two decades. I have a deep appreciation for my seminary training and the churches in which I was raised, […]

  People coming for biblical counseling often struggle with the question of assurance of salvation. Perhaps they have misunderstood what assurance is (for example, they might believe that they have assurance because they prayed a sinner’s prayer as a child), or it could be that they are rightly lacking assurance because they have not been […]

  James 1:13–15 In The Odyssey, Homer tells of Odysseus’s long journey home after the Trojan War. At one point, Odysseus sails past an island in the Aegean Sea, where there are sirens (mythological bird-women) who lure sailors toward their island with their beautiful song. But the island is encircled with jagged rocks that destroy […]

  Editor’s note: This post is part of a three-part series looking at the meditation of the heart and mind. Have you ever bumped into an old friend and casually asked how he or she was doing? You were expecting a cheerful response of, “Good, and you?” Instead it was as if you had opened […]

  Why doesn’t God immediately sanctify those he justifies? I like instant results, and I have been known to attempt to find an easy path to achievement. In college I accumulated an increasing collection of Cliff’s Notes that inevitably led to decreasing grades. I have vainly attempted to lose weight via the “sleep in, don’t […]

  Editor’s note: This series of posts provides seven principles related to killing sin and conforming to Christ in the context of your local church as revealed in Ephesians 4 and 5. Read the first two post in this series: The Church as the Context for Growth and Change – Part 1 The Church as […]

  When Paul wrote that all Scripture is “breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16), he was writing in context about the Old Testament Scriptures, which he also said were able to make one wise “for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” […]

  The Importance of Biblical Exegesis in Counseling Diligent Bible study is essential to the practice of biblical counseling. This statement should not be novel or all that enlightening for biblical counselors. We love the Bible and we believe it is necessary for the task of soul care, but we often approach the Bible as […]

  Joshua 7 recounts the story of how the Lord’s anger burned against Israel because of Achan’s sin (Josh 7:1). Achan took for himself some of the treasures of Jericho, which the Lord had expressly forbid his people from doing, demanding rather that all of it be wholly devoted to him (Josh 6:17-19). After the […]