Blog Post Apr 30, 2015

I am bent toward realistic pessimism. Stock markets will go bad, my health will get worse, and I will die in a way that is not my first preference. These and many other prophecies seem realistic to me, and if I can maintain a certain level of this “Eyore-ness,” they might even ward off some future disappointment (though it seems odd to try to minimize disappointment by living with a low-grade version of it now).

There is, of course, a better way. God’s words to us

Video Apr 23, 2015

Ed Welch sits down and discusses our need for one another in the Christian life.

Blog Post Apr 22, 2015

One of the most frequent questions asked by counseling students is: how do we counsel unbelievers? How do we offer words about Jesus to those who have no commitment to him? 

In order to answer these questions, first consider a counselor’s unique vantage point. Our conversations usually take place when old ways of managing life are ineffective, and there is a sense of personal neediness. In such a context, unbelievers who once wanted nothing to do with religion are now

Blog Post Apr 16, 2015

The new issue of the Journal of Biblical Counseling offers articles with topics that cover a wide range of important issues for personal ministry. One theme to notice throughout is various ways in which God’s sovereign purposes become evident. God gently turns the disappointment of unmet desires into confidence in his loving providence over our lives. Though sin is destructive, God intervenes constructively, and he teaches us to do the same. Where there is pain and heartache,

Blog Post Apr 13, 2015

The new issue of the JBC will be released next Monday, April 20! Here is a sneak peek at David Powlison's editorial that introduces the new column in the JBC


If you say to me, “I want to have a word with you,” I know immediately what you mean. We need to talk something over. Something concerns you. You are inviting me into a purposeful conversation in which you will have the first word, and then we will

Blog Post Apr 01, 2015

We always interpret our suffering. A man said, “that is life” in response to his five-year-old son’s death. In other words, like all of nature, we are born and we die. That is life. Life is to die. All suffering is headed toward death. You can imagine that this man’s response had a measure of grief but was governed by fatalism. After the burial, he would get on with life and not look back as he, too, is headed toward death.

Take suffering. Add isolation. Now

Blog Post Mar 30, 2015

 “I gave up store-bought desserts for Lent,” whispered my nephew. “But don’t worry, I don’t really like them anyway.”  

This was how my young nephew secretly informed his grandmother of his pledge to “give something up” during Lent. When I heard the story I laughed and was launched back into the memory of a time when I was invited, well—required, to give up one of my pleasures during the season of Lent. 

Blog Post Mar 25, 2015

There is currently a growing evangelical movement in Québec that has a special emphasis on biblical counseling. Québec is an unlikely place for this—less than 1% of its population is evangelical. This makes Québec a mission field with one of the largest unreached people groups in North America.

Matthieu Caron is a leader in this movement. He is the pastor at Shawinigan-Sud Baptist Church in Québec. He is also a professor at Séminaire Baptiste Évangélique du Québec Seminary (