Blog Post Feb 01, 2016

Yes, the title—Counseling Is Theological—is making you sleepy. But let me explain. Theology can, indeed, be boring. Some theological books read like an old encyclopedia article or an oversized dictionary. But theology done well is electric. It reveals to us the very mind of God and it compels us into action. There is nothing more exciting.

Theology looks for patterns in Scripture. What recurs? Are there particular themes? What seems especially important? It

Blog Post Jan 26, 2016

I wrote a book titled, When People are Big and God is Small. Though I haven’t read it for a while, I still think of the topic often and I am left wondering if I have grown over the years.

The topic is this: living for approval from others. It is a doozy. It is everywhere. We discover it behind our infatuation with self-worth. We feel it when we are substandard, and the

Blog Post Jan 20, 2016

On the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, we present this free Journal of Biblical Counseling (29:2) article on healing from post-abortion grief written by CCEF Faculty, Aaron Sironi. Download the full article below, and visit the Journal of Biblical Counseling webpage to preview other recent articles, purchase the entire 29:2 volume, or subscribe regularly. 

Blog Post Jan 18, 2016

Emotions are tricky. Everyone has them. Everyone struggles with them. Many struggle with how they feel more than anything else in their lives. Then there is the sea of other people’s emotions in which all of us swim. I suspect most of us consider emotions to be more of a liability than an asset.

What does the Bible have to say about emotions? The Bible doesn’t talk about emotions quite the way we do. We’d like Romans to lay out a theology of emotions, or Proverbs to

Blog Post Jan 05, 2016

Recently, I have been pondering Ephesians 4:29 with my children and what it means for our conversations. It states, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” In this verse, two ways of speaking are contrasted: negative and destructive versus positive and beneficial. In personal interactions with others, we are called to imitate Christ and to use our

Blog Post Dec 27, 2015

Dear friend of CCEF,
God’s beloved Son was born as a man so that we might become beloved sons and daughters. This gift brings much comfort to us as we face the realities of a broken world—filled with sin and suffering. It’s so simple to say, so hard to take to heart.
For 35 years I have been a participant in our ministries of teaching, speaking, counseling, and writing. The truths and graces I seek to communicate in ministry are Scripture

Blog Post Nov 30, 2015

Faculty member Julie Lowe will teach “Abuse in the Church” as a new on-site intensive class in January 2016. Julie has been counseling for over 16 years. She has a master’s degree in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is certified as a registered play therapist. She has extensive experience with foster families, adoptive families, and child maltreatment issues. 

We recently sat down with Julie (JL) to

Blog Post Nov 20, 2015

When are you going to write that thank you note? my mother would ask. The question followed every birthday, every Christmas, every time I received a gift. I hated that question. It's not that I wasn't thankful, I just didn't like being forced to say it. Being told to say "thank you" seemed to immediately corrupt whatever gratefulness I felt. So, more often than not, the thank you notes were never written. (Sorry, Mom.)

Interestingly, many Christian traditions begin morning worship by