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.

Andrew D. Rogers, David Powlison, Lauren Whitman, Matthew C. Mitchell, Mike Emlet, Winston Smith  - Premium Resource  - Apr 28, 2014

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Apr 28, 2014

Perhaps you, or someone you know, has suffered grievous wrongs. Is the goal simply to “get over it”? Not really. You will be marked and changed forever by what you experienced—Jesus still has scars. But there is a way to move forward constructively. Powlison looks in depth at stories of two deeply aggrieved persons who did just that. He closes by offering a series of questions to work through as you seek to bring redemptive good out of experiences of terrible wrong. 

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Apr 28, 2014

David Powlison discusses the differences between biblical counseling and other counseling models, offering four questions to prime the discussion.

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David Powlison  - Video  - Apr 11, 2014

David Powlison discusses how to respond to crticism in marriage.

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David Powlison  - Minibooklet  - Mar 31, 2014

You have been victimized by a terrible wrong. During your childhood, the time you were most vulnerable, instead of being protected, helped, and comforted you were abused. Most likely you were abused by someone who should have been trustworthy—a family member, a teacher, a neighbor, a coach, a pastor, a friend. Instead of being protected you were violated. You were treated with malice. Someone used, misused, and took advantage of you. Now you are wondering if recovery is possible.

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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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