David Powlison

David Powlison, M.Div., Ph.D. worked for four years in psychiatric hospitals, during which time he came to faith in Christ. He teaches at CCEF and edits The Journal of Biblical Counseling (soon to be re-launched online). He received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in the history of science and medicine, focusing on the history of psychiatry. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary, and has been doing biblical counseling for over 30 years. He has written numerous articles on counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books include Speaking Truth in Love, Seeing with New Eyes, Power Encounters, and The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context.

David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Apr 08, 2016

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David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Mar 31, 2016

Dear friends of CCEF, 

Scripture speaks words of life into the darkest places. God’s words to us are constructive and honest, and always loving, and always for our good. As we serve in ministry we are faced with an important question: How can we reflect God’s words as we speak with one another? I hope you will be encouraged by this article on the subject, Straight Talk.

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David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Mar 28, 2016

Scripture speaks words of life into the darkest places. God’s words to us are constructive and honest, and always loving, and always for our good. As we serve in ministry we are faced with an important question: How can we reflect God’s words as we speak with one another?

We hope you'll be encouraged by David Powlison's article on this subject entitled Straight Talk.

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David Powlison  - 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.
 

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David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Nov 30, 2015

November 2015

Dear friends,                                                                                                 

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Nov 16, 2015

Prayer is a verbal interaction with God and it should, for the most part, be out loud. Speaking out loud expresses the reality that prayer is talking to someone else—it is not simply talking to yourself inside your own head. David Powlison’s editorial casts a vision for hearty communication with the living God.

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Nov 02, 2015

Worry, stress, drivenness, fretting, panic… everyone deals with rushes of these kinds of emotions, everyone lands somewhere on the spectrum of anxiety. And we can help each other, both by who we are and by what we say. Click here to download the outline for this session.

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Nov 02, 2015

God invites us to ask him for wisdom (James 1:5). Honestly praying with and for each other is not a secondary factor in ministry. It is primary because the things a struggler and a helper most need are gifts from God. All of us are up against forces far stronger than ourselves. And hope, forgiveness, protection, daily strength, courage, and the power to love come with God’s help.

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David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Aug 31, 2015

Let me start at what might seem like an odd place. I believe that life in Jesus expresses an essential humanness that breaks down artificial walls between personal life, social life, and ministry life. I experience life as “chocolate milk”—all stirred together—rather than separated into discrete, alternating categories, “a glass of milk + a candy bar.” 

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