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.
There are many ways to learn how the riches of God connect to the personal struggles and troubles of life. Gaining a firsthand feel for the process is the first step in considering how to help someone else. This talk will work through a segment of 2 Corinthians 1 that illustrates right before our eyes how the process of change happens.
Our prayer is that this material will help you better understand how God enables us to help others. Our desire is that you will grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and in skillful and wise love for others.
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 defines us by our fruitfulness—and for CCEF that is seen in the lives of others.
This article is for church leaders who are thinking about starting a counseling ministry. Rather than a “how to” guide, Powlison offers ten questions to help a church gain a better understanding of itself and its context. Each question is followed by a short discussion that further orients leaders as to what to consider before moving forward.
In this free editorial, David Powlison introduces our new column: “More Than a Proof Text.” These short articles demonstrate how a Scripture passage becomes a personalized message, how ministry engages a person. These are not Bible studies. Though careful study and accurate exposition reside in the background, these articles illustrate ministry happening in the foreground. Each connects the dots between a person’s complex struggles and a simple truth that bids to rearrange that person’s reality in a vivid and relevant way.
The new issue of the Journal of Biblical Counseling offers articles with topics that cover a wide range of important issues for personal ministry. One theme to notice throughout is various ways in which God’s sovereign purposes become evident. God gently turns the disappointment of unmet desires into confidence in his loving providence over our lives. Though sin is destructive, God intervenes constructively, and he teaches us to do the same. Where there is pain and heartache, the Lord offers comfort, hope, and purpose.
The new issue of the JBC will be released next Monday, April 20! Here is a sneak peek at David Powlison's editorial that introduces the new column in the JBC.
If you say to me, “I want to have a word with you,” I know immediately what you mean. We need to talk something over. Something concerns you. You are inviting me into a purposeful conversation in which you will have the first word, and then we will talk about it.