Ed Welch

Ed Welch  - Video  - Sep 03, 2013

When we help each other, we listen. That is natural in close relationships and it is easy. Could anything be more basic? But, like all other aspects of godly wisdom, listening takes a lifetime to master. We can all do it, but we all want to do it better. Ed responds to the question "How do I listen well as a friend?" in this short video.

Ed Welch will also be speaking on this topic at this year's national conference Not Alone: The Relational Core of Life and Counseling.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Aug 28, 2013

My familiarity with gratitude goes back to junior high. I knew and respected a young man who was about seven years older than me, and my parents were talking about him and his family.

My mom noticed this young man’s character too. “I asked his mother what she did [to raise such outstanding boys]. She told me, ‘I taught them to say thank you.’” She hoped, I think, that I was listening, and I was.

It was a small awakening for me. Character and thankfulness had intruded into my junior high world. No small feat, indeed.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Aug 19, 2013

When Christians get thrown into the fire, or go through an analogous horror, do they feel the pain as much as those who do not follow Jesus? 

Do Christians receive a mystical deliverance from suffering?

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Aug 13, 2013

As practical theologians, biblical counselors have always found James to be a kindred spirit. Pastoral, persuasive, practical—in a pinch, he is our guy. Since he peppers his letter with succinct aphorisms, he is memorable and easily quotable. One favorite quote is, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (1:19).

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Ed Welch, Tim Lane  - JBC Article  - Jul 29, 2013

Even if you’ve never struggled with it yourself, in the course of pastoral ministry you will certainly talk with people who do struggle with the fear that they have committed the unpardonable sin. Tim Lane and Ed Welch give us different takes on the pastoral application of Jesus’ teaching about it. Because they consider different kinds of human struggles, they bring different questions to the passage. These differences may be helpful to your ministry, as pastoral application is never a one-size-fits-all proposition. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jul 26, 2013

Sometimes I go to secular psychology conferences, hear someone speak, and think, “I would be happy to bare my soul to that person. He seems to understand people and care about them.” 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jul 17, 2013

I asked a new friend how he came to know Jesus—always a great story.  He had been a searcher from his early teens and investigated the religions of his best friends. After hearing an apologist for one faith, my friend was stunned by the incoherence of the religion and the dearth of supporting evidence. When he raised his concerns, the apologist said, “You have to have faith.”

“How do you do that?”

“Just find that burning in the pit of your stomach.”

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Ed Welch  - Video  - Jul 17, 2013

Ed Welch sits down and talks about irrational fears. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jul 10, 2013

If you like words, I have a treat for you.

Since God uses words to communicate to us, we are interested in words in general and God’s words in particular. These two interests come together in the Psalms, where the psalmists took great care in handling words. Beautiful communication, they reasoned, should be communicated beautifully. As such, you can almost see them searching for just the right word, and they inevitably found it.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jun 28, 2013

Perhaps the hardest experience in the Christian life is to suffer and experience divine silence. It seems inconceivable. You lose a baby, you are shamefully victimized, or go through what feels like death itself, and you wonder, “Where is God? How could he be silent, distant or idly watching when this is happening?” If even bad fathers do something when their kids are being abused, why would the Good Father let us go through such turmoil without a peep?

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