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  - Video  - Dec 18, 2014

David Powlison sits down and talks about supporting the ministry of CCEF.

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Alasdair Groves, Brad Hambrick, David Powlison, Mike Emlet, Steve Midgley  - Premium Resource  - Dec 15, 2014

The complete digital issue (PDF) of JBC Volume 28, Number 3

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Dec 15, 2014

This toolbox article helps people identify a personal calling. Powlison asks a series of initial questions to help readers to discern a vocation within the kingdom. A second set of questions helps readers to recognize opportunities to use their vocation, specifically related to counseling ministry. Relatively few people identify themselves as “counselors,” but all of us counsel no matter what our vocation. Work through the article—and its two worksheets—for yourself or with a counselee.

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Dec 15, 2014

In a 2011 interview with Psychology Today, David Powlison was asked a series of questions about biblical counseling. This issue’s editorial centers around that interview. First, Powlison articulates a conscious strategy for redemptive engagement that shaped how he approached the opportunity. A reprint of the original interview follows. Powlison then reflects back on his answers, drawing out the particular biblical truths that came into play in the effort to present biblical counseling to this secular audience. 

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David Powlison  - Podcast  - Nov 06, 2014

 

CCEF Classics contains eight talks recorded by David Powlison and Ed Welch between 1991 and 1995. Enjoy these timeless resources from our archive.

The featured piece is the first of a three part series, Counseling in Everyday Life, by David Powlison.

 

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Nov 04, 2014

Twenty-two questions that enable a pastor or other Christian worker to evaluate both personal qualifications and ministerial qualifications in the interest of spurring growing maturity. Includes a 3-page "Application Work Sheet" to use with pastors, candidates and students

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Oct 08, 2014

The aging process brings a cascade of losses—“shadows of death.” You can be certain that if you are given the gift of a long life, then along the way you will lose many good gifts that you once enjoyed—loved ones, health, abilities, significant work. God fully understands our plight. Christ personally intercedes for us. The Spirit actively works in us. The Word of God brings light. “So we do not lose heart.

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Oct 08, 2014

The five stages of grief is one of the most influential psychological theories ever put forth. This interpretation of the grief process has become a staple of popular culture. We’ve all heard the progression: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Is this how it works? Are these actually “stages”? Is there a better way of thinking about how grief unfolds?

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Oct 08, 2014

The final words in the first hard conversation ever recorded are, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Loss is the one sure thing in life—and the Bible never lets us forget it. Every good word that God says and every good thing that he does occurs against this backdrop, because what you lose makes you need what he gives. Wise ministry reckons well with losses, and thus can reckon very well with the mercies of God. 

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Sep 02, 2014

The God revealed in the Bible is a person—in fact, “one God in three persons.” Because he is a person himself, he gets personal with each one of us. Powlison’s editorial recounts three stories that show God personally working in the lives of individuals.   

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