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Video Jan 21, 2015

Ed Welch discusses what Heaven is like.

Blog Post Jan 21, 2015

Sometimes when I talk with couples about their marriage, the husband looks as though he is in abject pain. And he is. It is not that he hates his wife—in fact his very presence shows that he wants to do marriage well. The problem is that he feels like an outsider among those who are insiders. He is forced to talk about relationships and feelings—a language that seems to make sense to his wife and this other guy—i.e., me—but that language is a dialect that he doesn

Video Jan 14, 2015

Winston Smith discusses singleness and marriage.

Blog Post Jan 13, 2015

I was asked to describe a typical counseling session in a phone interview with a group of Christian undergraduate students who were studying different Christian counseling models. Their assignment was to interview a representative from one of these models. Somehow they ended up with me, which, by the end of our conversation, was probably a disappointment. 

I think they were expecting something a bit churchy, with overtones of the predictable and trite. What they heard, I think,

Blog Post Jan 05, 2015

My wife recently viewed my internet history, and what she saw seemed to go all the way back to the day the internet opened for business. 

She wasn’t snooping. She simply responded to divine intervention, a curious digital glitch, or both. For reasons I don’t understand, she suddenly found my internet history on her computer, so she scrolled through some of it. She told me about it when we got together for lunch.

“I’m disappointed,” she said. I

Blog Post Dec 19, 2014

I thank my God in all my remembrance about you (Phil. 1:3).

Scripture teaches us to thank God, though we probably spend more time thanking other humans than him.  Since our thanks to God can so easily be elided, Scripture specializes in it, inviting us to follow its lead. 

With this in mind, 

I give thanks to my God (1 Cor. 1:4) 

for the growing number of wise men and women who are producing

Blog Post Dec 12, 2014

CCEF is excited to announce that we are offering a new course in 2015! The course is “Counseling Abusive Marriages” and will be taught by Darby Strickland. Darby has been a counselor for fifteen years and has gained a wealth of experience and case wisdom on how to effectively intervene in difficult marriage situations. 

CCEF interviewed Darby (DS) to learn about the new course. 

Who should take this course?

DS: Pastors, elders, lay

Blog Post Dec 09, 2014

I took a public speaking course in high school because I figured that, one day, I actually might have to speak in public and I dreaded the thought. 

My section of the class had about 18 students which, to me, certainly constituted in public. But when it came time to give my first speech, I was well prepared—it was a 3-5 minute “demonstration speech.” I volunteered to go first because that gave me extra credit, and I knew that the pain of waiting, no