Ed Welch

Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - May 28, 2014

Travel expands us. We take in new sights, sounds and smells. We meet new people and make new friends. We see what the Spirit is doing in other parts of the world. But travel also makes us feel smaller. It is hard to be puffed up when you meet people more honorable than yourself and find that your cultural forms are not the only or right ones. These two features of travel were evident during a trip that Mike Emlet and I made, on behalf of CCEF, to partner with friends in India. 

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Ed Welch  - Video  - May 19, 2014

Ed Welch discusses how to counsel a person who is both a victim and a perpetrator.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - May 12, 2014

Giving advice goes poorly so often, it is worth more careful thought about how we give it. We all need advice. We seek it every day. That is a wise and natural part of being a creature rather than the Creator. But we also know that advice can run from helpful to horrible, and it can bless a relationship or hurt it. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - May 05, 2014

The topic for the 2014 CCEF annual conference in San Diego is: Loss. It was not my idea. There is something about California that does not turn my mind in that direction. I would have voted for a conference on happiness and joy, or maybe the nexus between the beauty of creation and the beauty of God’s law à la Psalm 19. But after a brief sulk over being out-voted, I realized that my colleagues had hit on something important.

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Ed Welch  - Video  - Apr 21, 2014

Ed Welch responds to the question "How Do I Deal With Shame From My Past?".

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Apr 15, 2014

James 1:5-7 seems to make obtaining wisdom impossible.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 

To get wisdom, there cannot be one bit of doubt. It is either perfect faith or nothing. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Apr 08, 2014

“...I’m lost. I am distraught. Last night I couldn’t help it—I needed to see blood, so I scratched myself with my razor. Just a tiny bit of blood. A tiny scratch....”

I have a soft spot for women who cut. They know they need help, though it is hard to ask for it. The statements above are from the journal of a friend who tries to resist cutting herself. She often succeeds, sometimes fails. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Mar 25, 2014

We will all suffer, of that there is no doubt. It is strange, then, that we are often unprepared for it. With that in mind, a useful exercise is to summarize Scripture and identify what words of God can guide us when things are hard. 

Here is my current list of ten things to do while suffering (it is always subject to ongoing refinement). 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Mar 20, 2014

What do we do when we want to connect Scripture to the struggles of daily life but our problem does not show up in a concordance? How do we get guidance from Scripture for struggles that are not obviously identified there? This is a critical matter for biblical counselors. 

There are a few different ways to answer this question. I will just mention one.

Ask a few more questions

When you don’t have a clue about how to bring Scripture to someone, get to know that person a little better. Ask a few more questions. 

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Ed Welch  - Minibooklet  - Mar 19, 2014

Weary. Hopeless. Numb. Depression seems to strip you of everything you need to even fight against it. 

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