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.

Darby Strickland, David Powlison, Ed Welch, Jayne V. Clark, Lauren Whitman, Matthew C. Mitchell, Michael Gembola  - Premium Resource  - Apr 16, 2015

The complete digital issue (PDF) of JBC Volume 29, Number 1

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Apr 16, 2015

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. 

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Apr 16, 2015

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.

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David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Apr 16, 2015

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.

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David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Apr 13, 2015

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

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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.

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David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Feb 25, 2015

Churches often contact CCEF asking how to establish a counseling ministry. Frequently they want a manual or step-by-step guide. But a wise answer to the “how to” question calls for a number of orienting conversations that precede the implementation of any program for offering counseling. “Ten Questions to Help You Establish Biblical Counseling Ministries in Your Church” is a talk I give for pastors and other ministry leaders. The ten questions are designed to help churches gain a better understanding of themselves and their context.

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David Powlison, Ed Welch, Mike Emlet, Paul David Tripp, Winston Smith  - Book  - Feb 06, 2015
Over the decades, the JBC has published more than 1000 articles. With so much content that explores ministry and life, it can be hard to know where to begin.

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David Powlison, Ed Welch  - Premium Resource  - Feb 04, 2015

The Q&A Panel with David Powlison and Ed Welch.

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Feb 04, 2015

General session 3 of the Anxiety conference.

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Feb 04, 2015

General session 2 of the Anxiety conference.

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