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  - Sep 17, 2014

The hardships of daily life can make Scripture a little blurry. God’s goodness, which seemed so obvious yesterday, can be obscured by the worries and troubles of today. As such, I am always eager to find Scripture that encourages my confidence in its divine authorship. Every once in a while, I feel like I need to be wowed. 

The Apostle Paul’s rebuke to the church in Corinth about the Lord’s supper can do that.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Sep 08, 2014

Here is a familiar question: How can pastors afford to spend much of their time counseling when they have sermons to prepare, visits to make, and a million other things to do? A common refrain from a pastor sounds like this:  “I can meet with someone once, but I do not have time to meet regularly with people for ongoing counseling.”

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Ed Welch  - JBC Article  - Sep 02, 2014

The way we are to minister mirrors the way God ministers. This article shows how the normal, God-given ways of relating to people are the same ways we are to minister to those in the church who are deeply troubled, and often troublesome, due to psychiatric problems. Welch’s practical, field-tested advice can benefit every church by encouraging ordinary people to become inviting and helpful to strugglers and their families.

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Ed Welch  - Video  - Aug 18, 2014

Ed Welch talks about what his pre-conference "Introduction to Biblical Counseling" for the 2014 National Conference.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Aug 13, 2014

The voices have become a chorus. We are all moving too fast. Social media and texting can damage your soul—they work against human design rather than with it. As always, leaps in technology come with both advantages and unanticipated hazards, and the hazards of our e-world are now becoming common knowledge. 

Let me add my experience from the last few weeks. 

  • I have been in restaurants where more than 30% of diners were on their smart phones.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Aug 04, 2014

There is typically a dominant metaphor—a picture—that shapes our care for other people. It might not be held consciously, but as you scan your relationships, a picture will emerge. The possibilities include shepherd, brother, sister, father, mother, friend, priest and scores of others. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jul 28, 2014

The news from this region is that Germany won the 2014 World Cup, and they did it handily. But there is more. As the World Cup was getting underway, the Network for Biblical Counseling (NBS—Netzwerk Biblische Seelsorge) hosted its first conferences.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jul 22, 2014

When you try to engage someone who is silent, you do your best in a one-sided conversation. Then, with no response forthcoming, you move on to someone who will engage. Such is the experience of many who feel alone in their sufferings. They try to talk to God; they really try. But how long can they wait for nothing? So they adjust their expectations and figure out how to get by on their own. God exists, they believe, but he doesn’t involve himself in day-to-day human affairs.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jul 07, 2014

Since the beginning of the New Testament church, a contrast has been identified between grace and obedience, grace and law, or God’s work and our work. They are typically placed on opposite sides of a scale, and the pastoral task is to figure out how to strike the right balance between them. When in doubt, opt for fifty-fifty—that seems like a wise approach. Spend half your time talking about grace and the other half talking about obedience.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jun 30, 2014

When the wealthy young man could not quite give all his money away and follow Jesus, we are given a hard story (Matt. 19:16-22). Many of us have wondered what we would have done if Jesus asked us the same question. The story is always challenging. But the wealthy young man has recently been hijacked by someone new: the young man who is hoping to have sex…soon. 

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