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  - Video  - Jan 21, 2015

Ed Welch discusses what Heaven is like.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jan 21, 2015

Sometimes when I talk with couples about their marriage, the husband looks as though he is in abject pain. And he is. It is not that he hates his wife—in fact his very presence shows that he wants to do marriage well. The problem is that he feels like an outsider among those who are insiders. He is forced to talk about relationships and feelings—a language that seems to make sense to his wife and this other guy—i.e., me—but that language is a dialect that he doesn’t understand. He feels a bit out of it; he feels less than competent; he feels stupid.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jan 13, 2015

I was asked to describe a typical counseling session in a phone interview with a group of Christian undergraduate students who were studying different Christian counseling models. Their assignment was to interview a representative from one of these models. Somehow they ended up with me, which, by the end of our conversation, was probably a disappointment. 

I think they were expecting something a bit churchy, with overtones of the predictable and trite. What they heard, I think, at least initially, seemed simplistic.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jan 05, 2015

My wife recently viewed my internet history, and what she saw seemed to go all the way back to the day the internet opened for business. 

She wasn’t snooping. She simply responded to divine intervention, a curious digital glitch, or both. For reasons I don’t understand, she suddenly found my internet history on her computer, so she scrolled through some of it. She told me about it when we got together for lunch.

“I’m disappointed,” she said. I hate to hear those words from my wife.

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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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