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  - Apr 11, 2014

David Powlison discusses how to respond to crticism in marriage.

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Apr 02, 2014

The lead article in this issue is unusually long for JBC: “Cure of Souls (and the Modern Psychotherapies).” My four-part article fills more than half of the journal that you now hold in your hands. 

 

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David Powlison  - Minibooklet  - Mar 31, 2014

The damage you suffered may have been done in one terrible moment or over time. But the healing and the restoration will unfold at your pace, at a human pace. It unfolds as part of your story, and it unfolds over time.

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David Powlison  - Minibooklet  - Mar 31, 2014

Pleasure was part of God s original design, but what happens when the things we enjoy become obsessions or escapes? David Powlison looks at two types of pleasures: those that bring pure, guilt-free enjoyment and those that are stained, empty, and disappointing. He points to the tell-tale signs that we are misusing pleasure to indulge ourselves or run from pain we need to face. Scripture invites us to experience the supreme pleasure of intimacy with the living God. He longs to redeem our choices, satisfy our souls, and enable us to enjoy secondary pleasures as his gifts.

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David Powlison  - Minibooklet  - Mar 31, 2014

When your earthly father has hurt you, how can you know God as a loving heavenly Father? Some say it can't happen unless someone will stand in your father's place, giving you a loving new image to use in relating to God. Is this true? David Powlison says that this well-intentioned perspective will fail to meet the need. It overlooks the way our own hearts contribure to our view of God. And it makes our hope for change dependent on another person, instead of connecting us to the power of Christ and his Word.

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David Powlison  - Video  - Mar 25, 2014

David Powlison answers the question "What If A Counselee Is Attracted To Me?"

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David Powlison  - Minibooklet  - Mar 18, 2014

"God's unconditional love." Sounds nice, but is it enough? Is there more to God's love?

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David Powlison  - Minibooklet  - Mar 18, 2014

Anger. We all experience it, some more than others. When is it righteous and when is it not? How can we control our anger and not get caught in a maze of rage when things don't go our way?

David Powlison takes a close look at anger to help us understand what it is and why we have it. He exposes three common misconceptions that leave us powerless to overcome anger. Using the illustration of a traffic jam, he probes the assumptions and cravings of the heart behind a typical angry response.

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David Powlison, Ed Welch, Paul David Tripp  - Minibooklet  - Mar 18, 2014

Couples who publicly sit at peace in church pews can secretly be at war. How do you help the victim of domestic abuse? And doesn't the perpetrator of the violence also need our help?

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David Powlison  - Minibooklet  - Mar 18, 2014

"Why is this happening to me? Where is God in my time of anguish?"

Knowing our hearts, God has spoken powerful words of comfort. Psalm 10, for example, is God's word to those who have been victimized by others. It guides people into knowing God in the midst of being violated.

David Powlison walks us through Psalm 10, helping us see its message of anguish and refuge. Can this ancient text help us in our pain today? Yes, because God is present and listening. What others may have meant for evil, God means for good.

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