Ed Welch

Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over 30 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His books include: When People Are Big and God is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame it on the Brain; Depression—A Stubborn Darkness; Running Scared; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away From Addiction; and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety.

Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Dec 19, 2014

I thank my God in all my remembrance about you (Phil. 1:3).

Scripture teaches us to thank God, though we probably spend more time thanking other humans than him.  Since our thanks to God can so easily be elided, Scripture specializes in it, inviting us to follow its lead. 

With this in mind, 

I give thanks to my God (1 Cor. 1:4) 

for the growing number of wise men and women who are producing resources and doing pastoral care and counsel, a.k.a., biblical counseling.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Dec 09, 2014

I took a public speaking course in high school because I figured that, one day, I actually might have to speak in public and I dreaded the thought. 

My section of the class had about 18 students which, to me, certainly constituted in public. But when it came time to give my first speech, I was well prepared—it was a 3-5 minute “demonstration speech.” I volunteered to go first because that gave me extra credit, and I knew that the pain of waiting, no matter how short, would go beyond what I could bear. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Nov 21, 2014

By nature I am not an angry, hater-kind-of-person, but I am working on it. I heard prosperity teaching again that was both inadvertent (I hope) and loathsome. 

A highly respected Bible teacher was talking about a particularly wretched month in his life: a frightening diagnosis from his physician, a late night call from a congregant who blasted him as a good-for-nothing pastor, a car accident with few injuries but a totaled car, and other miseries. He described a bleak picture. Everyone in the church was silent, riveted.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Nov 11, 2014

It seems obvious, but I have never suggested it: if a man has been with a prostitute, it is right for him to ask her forgiveness. Consider this story. 

Sex dominated this man’s life. He paid to get into nightclubs where he could meet women, and he paid to be with prostitutes. When he wasn’t strategizing how to have sex, he paid for pornography. 

How God gets our attention is a mystery, but he got this man’s attention. A relationship with a gentle, local pastor was one of the means. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Nov 05, 2014

We live with implicit theological maps. No one lives merely with a mental outline of his or her chosen confessional statement; no one lives with a mental transcription of Scripture that is their sole guide to life. Instead, Scripture is dispersed into the internal topography of our minds. That topography takes its shape from Scripture, our pasts, our personalities, our sins, and dozens of others influences. These “maps,” whether we know it or not, guide our ministry. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Oct 28, 2014

A twenty-five-year-old man is filled with dread. He believes he can never truly walk in the Spirit with his thoughts thoroughly controlled by Christ. He can never fully avoid the contamination of the world around him. Even more, the evidence, he thinks, is clear—he is not one of the elect. He is persuaded that God has abandoned him, and being out of favor with the angry God is a dreadful thing. As you might guess, he has objections to any Scripture you might offer.

How might you respond? 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Oct 15, 2014

Most marriages have times when one spouse does not like the other, and the dislike is usually mutual—at least my “friends” tell me that is accurate, though I’m confident that even when my wife thinks she doesn’t like me, she secretly—very secretly—likes me. For some of us, these times happen less frequently and we manage them with more skill and grace. For others, mutual dislike is chronic rather than acute, and marital hopelessness becomes the rule.

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Ed Welch  - Premium Resource  - Oct 08, 2014

Losing someone to suicide is one of the hardest of losses, and it happens now more than it ever has. In this short session we will speak especially to those who have lost a loved one to suicide and aim to bring comfort to them. 

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Ed Welch  - Premium Resource  - Oct 08, 2014

What would the Apostle Paul say about our conference? He would have much to say about the many kinds of loss that we experience. But if he only had a half-hour he would speak of the great gain we have in Jesus that more than outweighs the losses of life. The passage is from Philippians 3. Our task is to take it to heart.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Sep 26, 2014

This scares me. 

Recently, I was talking with an older, single man who keeps drifting back into sexual sin. It’s as if the tide of sexuality is going to win in the end—like he is destined to postpone sexual sin—but not to beat it. That way of thinking is scary enough, but there is more.

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