Category: Biblical Counseling

The Root of Conflict Within our Marriages

Have you ever experienced the rather odd moment when you sit in a counseling session with a couple and ask, “What brought you here today?” After a slight pause, both of them, intentionally, stare at the other. Their glances assert a belief that the other p... Read More »

What Is Mental Illness?

Two years ago, at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national meeting in Houston, messengers adopted a resolution calling on all Southern Baptists, “to look for and create opportunities to love and minister to, and develop methods and resources to care fo... Read More »

Religious Liberty in Counseling

There is no doubt religious liberty is facing many strains in modern America. The religious convictions of Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, CO, were questioned when he was directed to change his store policies and require his staff to... 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 »