The Goal of Counseling — and of Life A tool I have used many times — for myself and for counselees — is an assignment to ask oneself the following question at least 25 times throughout the day: “I am here to glorify God — how am I doing right now?”1 This goes with […]

  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 role of “equipping the saints for the work of service” (Eph 4:15-16). It is one of my favorite parts of ministry. Like a coach working […]

    Biblical counselors should be familiar with how the Bible addresses laziness. God speaks to the matter in Scripture, directly targeting the “idle,” “sluggard,” and “slothful.” Scripture addresses the issue in a host of other ways as well: through implication, by illustration in a narrative, in commending virtues like diligence and self-control, as it […]

  In our day and age when we have access to sermons galore on demand and immediate contact with friends through our devices, the importance of commitment to the church worship service may be a hard sell for some people. However, there are solid reasons why every believer should count this as one of the […]

  Five weeks of marriage counseling with Bill and Margie seemed to be bearing the sweet spiritual fruit every biblical counselor prays for. Christ-exalting love and unifying joy were beginning to sprout on their once fruitless and withering sprig of a marriage. To my delight, the anger, bitterness and distrust that drove them to the […]

  As biblical counselors and disciplers, we speak often about living like Christ and being transformed into the image of Christ and cultivating godliness. Those synonymous ideas all reflect the need for the believer to grow in sanctification. But we might also ask, “what does the righteous life look like? How will we know when […]

  James 1:18 In 2012, an elderly woman in the city of Borja, Spain, realized that a familiar fresco painted on one of the walls was looking a little faded. The fresco, Ecce Homo (“Behold the man”), was a rendition of Christ standing trial before Pontius Pilate. The woman took it upon herself to attempt […]

  In seminary pastors learn many new skills. We learn how to study the Bible. We learn to read the Bible’s original languages and how to use them to more accurately study Scripture. We learn theology. We learn practical ministry skills — how to communicate the gospel clearly and accurately; how to administrate in a […]

    A couple of years ago, my second son was learning to ride his bike without training wheels. As with many children, he was quite anxious about the prospect of losing his balance and crashing. With each new try, I would hold the back of his bike seat until he got going fast enough […]

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