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  - 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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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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