Most Christians are familiar with the hymn, “Amazing Grace,” penned in the 18th century by the converted slave-ship captain, John Newton. But many believers may not be as familiar with the pastoral counseling of Newton, which he engaged in mainly through writing letters to various people over his forty-three years of serving as a pastor. […]

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 […]

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 […]

    The Search for Relief People come to counseling because they want relief. The man whose life is being destroyed by his online gambling habit wants relief. The mother who worries that her efforts (and their results) are not good enough for God wants relief. The man whose demanding and ungodly boss is making […]–-Stephen-Yuille.mp3