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  - 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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David Powlison  - Video  - Jul 29, 2014

David Powlison discusses the benefits of attending a CCEF Conference. For more information on the 2014 National Conference: Loss, click here.

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David Powlison, Judy Blore, Julie E. Lowe, Lauren Whitman, Mike Emlet, Paul David Tripp, Robert D. Jones, Tedd Tripp  - Book  - Jul 25, 2014
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. This “Must Read” series provides carefully selected articles on key issues as an entryway into those decades of content.
 
This issue on parenting explores goals of Christian parenting, and provides practical help and wisdom for particularly difficult issues. This issue begins with articles on adolescent years when parenting often becomes the hardest.
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David Powlison, Joseph P. Lehmann, Mike Emlet, Paul David Tripp  - Book  - Jul 25, 2014

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. This “Must Read” series provides carefully selected articles on key issues as an entryway into those decades of content.

This issue on suffering explores the character, meaning, and experience of suffering, how God meets us in suffering, and practical guidance for counseling those who suffer.

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David Powlison, Ed Welch, Mike Emlet, Paul David Tripp, Winston Smith  - Book  - Jul 25, 2014
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. This “Must Read” series provides carefully selected articles on key issues as an entryway into those decades of content.
 
This issue on anger explores the features of anger, its effects on the individual and others, the way forward in the struggle, and practical help and applications for life and ministry.
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David Powlison, Ed Welch, Mike Emlet  - Book  - Jul 25, 2014

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. This “Must Read” series provides carefully selected articles on key issues as an entryway into those decades of content.

This issue on redeeming psychology explores how Christian faith and scripture engage various psychologies and counseling models, and includes analysis of modern diagnoses and medications.

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David Powlison  - Video  - Jul 15, 2014

David Powlison describes what his general session "All is Lost" from the 2014 National conference will be about.

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