Blog Post Aug 13, 2014

The voices have become a chorus. We are all moving too fast. Social media and texting can damage your soul—they work against human design rather than with it. As always, leaps in technology come with both advantages and unanticipated hazards, and the hazards of our e-world are now becoming common knowledge. 

Let me add my experience from the last few weeks. 

  • I have been in restaurants where more than 30% of diners were on their smart phones.

Blog Post Aug 04, 2014

There is typically a dominant metaphor—a picture—that shapes our care for other people. It might not be held consciously, but as you scan your relationships, a picture will emerge. The possibilities include shepherd, brother, sister, father, mother, friend, priest and scores of others. 

One I heard recently was that of host or hostess. It came from Jamie Rose and it identified how she and Melissa Clemens do counseling in West Philadelphia1

Video Jul 29, 2014

David Powlison discusses the benefits of attending a CCEF Conference. For more information on the 2014 National Conference: Loss, click here.

Blog Post Jul 28, 2014

The news from this region is that Germany won the 2014 World Cup, and they did it handily. But there is more. As the World Cup was getting underway, the Network for Biblical Counseling (NBS—Netzwerk Biblische Seelsorge) hosted its first conferences.

Over 600 people attended including pastors, counseling professionals, psychiatrists, and more students than anyone anticipated. Considering the small budget, the size of the evangelical church in Germany, and that the organizers had

Blog Post Jul 22, 2014

When you try to engage someone who is silent, you do your best in a one-sided conversation. Then, with no response forthcoming, you move on to someone who will engage. Such is the experience of many who feel alone in their sufferings. They try to talk to God; they really try. But how long can they wait for nothing? So they adjust their expectations and figure out how to get by on their own. God exists, they believe, but he doesn’t involve himself in day-to-day human affairs.

Blog Post Jul 07, 2014

Since the beginning of the New Testament church, a contrast has been identified between grace and obedience, grace and law, or God’s work and our work. They are typically placed on opposite sides of a scale, and the pastoral task is to figure out how to strike the right balance between them. When in doubt, opt for fifty-fifty—that seems like a wise approach. Spend half your time talking about grace and the other half talking about obedience. That seems to fit the Apostle Paul

Blog Post Jun 30, 2014

When the wealthy young man could not quite give all his money away and follow Jesus, we are given a hard story (Matt. 19:16-22). Many of us have wondered what we would have done if Jesus asked us the same question. The story is always challenging. But the wealthy young man has recently been hijacked by someone new: the young man who is hoping to have sex…soon. 

He is twenty-ish and a capable apologist with his friends. If you spoke with him for five minutes you would be

Blog Post Jun 16, 2014

I once thought that the psalms were sung by a fine choir in God’s throne room. Then I actually read them, and they sounded more like the words a street troubadour who encourages the participation of those around him. Now I find that they are simply spoken and sung everywhere: in the darkness of night, in the early morning, in all the details of everyday life. And there are a handful of psalms in which the psalmists speak to themselves. These are the ones I want to consider.