Blog Post May 28, 2015

Sometimes we at CCEF define ourselves by our goals. Our mission statement says that we are aiming to restore Christ to counseling and to restore counseling ministries to Christ’s churches. That’s a good goal. Other times we define ourselves by the things we do. We teach, counsel, speak, and write. Each of those ministries of the Word is important. But at the end of the day, I believe God

Blog Post May 28, 2015

Rick Horne is the academic dean of The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI)—the training arm of World Impact. He is also the site coordinator of TUMI in Chester, PA and teaches in prisons and inner-city churches. Rick also serves as the secretary of CCEF’s Board of Trustees. He and his wife Betty are monthly donors.

We are delighted to share with you what Rick is doing with biblical counseling in an urban context. Over the past few years Rick has adapted one of our courses for

Blog Post May 21, 2015

I have often thought that just one, brief, sensory-filled visitation from the Lord would be the most effective way for me to be changed. It could be accomplished in a minute or less and would, I think, inspire greater obedience, less wavering or dullness of faith, more vivid hope, and tireless evangelistic zeal. That doesn’t seem too much to ask. 

I have also thought that it would be a fatherly kindness for God to be a little less veiled when his children are in dire

Blog Post May 15, 2015

Dianna is a biblical counselor to women at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, CA (a CCEF supporting church). Dianna is married to Jim, an elder at New Life. They have 5 adult children and 3 grandsons. Jim and Dianna are monthly donors to CCEF.  

I first found out about CCEF when I was pursuing my seminary degree at Westminster Seminary in California. But it wasn’t until a seemingly insurmountable crisis in my own life that I learned to love and appreciate

Blog Post May 08, 2015

Mary Beth Lundgren works for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as the Midwest Coordinator for Staff Care and Discipleship. Her husband Jim oversees collegiate ministries nationally for InterVarsity.  She and her husband are monthly donors to CCEF.

As the Midwest Coordinator I meet with our campus staff ministers across a ten state Midwest region. I meet with each person one on one for mentoring and discipleship. We discuss a wide range of topics: seeking God’s

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