Ed Welch

Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jun 14, 2013

We live in an era where personal identity is of great importance to us. Perhaps we simply don’t know who we are. We are like victims of amnesia who are lost and always searching for our ‘true’ identity—or perhaps we are looking for an upgrade. We seek meaningful self-definition in our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies, and (sometimes) in Jesus. Whatever the reason, we listen when someone speaks about identity.

There are a number of ways to approach the ‘Who am I’ question. A useful way is to change the question just slightly from:

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jun 11, 2013

There aren’t many books that walk you through the question: What should I do when I am planning to sin again? All Scripture, of course, is about this question because we all know we will sin again, but there are two patterns that are especially precarious.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jun 03, 2013

The DSM V has arrived, and the world is largely unchanged. The new iteration opts for the status quo, which is what happens when you have to please those with competing agendas. If you are looking for something more dramatic you will have to wait another decade for the DSM VI.

For biblical counselors, an overarching principle still applies: psychiatric diagnoses can open our eyes to see real human struggles, and these same diagnoses can distract us from Scripture’s insights and spiritual causes or contributions.

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David Powlison, Ed Welch, Mike Emlet, Tim Lane, Winston Smith  - Premium Resource  - May 22, 2013

Coldness, indifference, boredom, and distance create hopelessness in marriage. The world offers tips to "relight the fire"; but the living God, far more deeply, restores a genuine love.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - May 22, 2013

Scripture reveals things we try to hide. When we see these things clearly, it is an occasion for thankfulness and humility.  

The occasion this time was a comment we heard from Adelaide, my two-year-old granddaughter. While the adults were talking around the dinner table, she was in the adjacent room when we heard her say, “I did wrong. You can’t see me.” When we investigated, we saw no obvious wrong and assumed she was remembering an event from earlier in the day. With no egregious sin to consider with her, I reflected on her spiritual instincts.

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Ed Welch  - JBC Article  - May 20, 2013

“Are You Feeling Inadequate?” is a pastoral letter from Ed Welch to biblical counselors. Certain stock criticisms of biblical counseling occur and recur. Welch puts his finger on the key criticisms and offers clarifying answers. He encourages pastoral counselors and bids to improve the conversation with more clinically-oriented Christian counselors.

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Ed Welch  - JBC Article  - May 20, 2013

Ed Welch’s “When God Touches the Untouchables” speaks words of life into the experience of shame. This article portrays an inconceivably wonderful resolution to the problem of shame. 

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Ed Welch  - JBC Article  - May 20, 2013

Ethan Watters’s Crazy Like Us discusses how the American mental health model has been exported to other countries, and various ways it has been received or rejected. Cross-cultural analyses help us to better understand our own cultural context.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - May 16, 2013

A friend sent me a copy of Jon Ronson’s book, The Psychopath Test: A Journey through the Madness Industry. He just wanted my opinion of the book, I think. (But it did remind me of another friend who gave me a six-pack of Tic-Tacs for my birthday.)

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - May 07, 2013

Dreams are among the great oddities of human experience. They are bizarre juxtapositions of events of the day, personal anxieties, divine intrusions, side effects of medication, and random neuronal firings triggered by a late evening meal. We can rightly interpret them as either profound or meaningless, though it is hard to distinguish between the two.

Like most people, I dream whether I know it or not. A few I remember for a moment when I wake up in the middle of the night, others stay with me longer.

Recently I had two dreams on the same night.

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