Not in Church! Thoughts about Sutherland Springs

A tragedy occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, yesterday. Something that should never happen happened as a small group of Christians gathered together to worship. A man walked into the church during worship and shot and killed 26 ... Read More »

7 Practical Ways Churches Can Help “Troubled Souls” Like Robin Williams

Robin Williams was a man who impacted many. I heard him referred to on a secular radio program this morning as “a creative and comedic genius with a troubled soul.” The news yesterday that he was dead at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide was surprising.... Read More »

The Sufficiency of Scripture for Biblical Counseling

Ministering Scripture It has been my privilege to teach the principles of the sufficiency and superiority of Scripture in a variety of contexts at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas for over 20 years. During that time, Southwestern... Read More »

But I’M Not a Counselor … (Part 3)

Your friend comes to you for help. She says she is depressed and has no motivation and is very anxious. You know she has a commitment to Christ and she expresses a desire to follow Him. As you listen to the challenges she faces in her relationships with her fa... Read More »

But I’M Not a Counselor … (Part 2)

In Part 1 (which can be viewed here) I expressed my belief that we are all counselors, whether we want to be or not. I also provided a challenge to purpose to learn and minister Scripture as God gives you opportunities to provide counsel. One of the biggest ob... Read More »

But I’M Not a Counselor … (Part 1)

When most of us hear the word counselor we think of someone who has an advanced degree and who sits in an office providing a mysterious concoction of listening and help. Most Christians do not perceive themselves to be counselors. If you are a pastor you likel... Read More »

What is Biblical Counseling?

In the midst of a therapeutic culture where counseling had become a formal, professional discipline (well actually many disciplines: psychiatry, psychology, social work, marriage and family counseling, etc.), Jay Adams is credited with “re-discovering” Bib... Read More »