Mike Emlet

Mike Emlet  - Blog Post  - Apr 22, 2013

Sometimes a book grabs you by the scruff of your neck and shakes you around a bit. Or strikes a chord of kindred experience that stirs a poignant ache, a longing for something different. Zack Eswine’s fine book on being a pastor, Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being (Crossway, 2012) is doing just that—and more—to me. This is an important book for anyone in ministry and I plan to riff off of some of his thoughts in a series of posts over the coming weeks. 

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Mike Emlet  - JBC Article  - Mar 25, 2013

Michael Emlet explores the interrelationship of behavioral habits, beliefs, and desires. Habitual actions matter in our sanctification, whether seemingly mundane (brushing your teeth), or seemingly unproblematic (going to the mall), or presumably serious (participating in worship). This article incorporates a review of James K. A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom in the context of Emlet’s larger exploration of the significance of habits for counseling.

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Mike Emlet  - Premium Resource  - Nov 07, 2012

Same-sex attraction. Homosexuality. Too often the church responds to these struggles with an embarrassed silence--don’t ask, don’t tell--or an angry tirade that produces more division then unity. The result: the individual who struggles with same-sex attraction or who has engaged in homosexual practice feels isolated, confused, and condemned, their own silence and shame perpetuated. As a community of redeemed people who are “tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,” how can we address these struggles with grace and truth?

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Mike Emlet  - Premium Resource  - Nov 07, 2012
Writer Anne Lamott has called perfectionism “the voice of the oppressor.” That’s what it feels like: days filled with “must” and “have to” and “should have” and “if only.” Life is a treadmill of obligations. And that’s true whether you are (for the moment) “successful” in your perfectionistic striving or (more commonly) “unsuccessful.” Either way, anxiety, guilt, shame, joylessness, self-condemnation, anger, and procrastination abound. This breakout session will explore the roots and effects of perfectionism and will examine the ways this mindset impacts our view of God, self, and others.
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Alasdair Groves, Mike Emlet  - Podcast  - Sep 13, 2012

Today on Help & Hope, Alasdair Groves and Mike Emlet discuss the value of the emotions of the counselee in the moment of the counseling session for the process of walking with them to heal from past hurts.

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Mike Emlet  - JBC Article  - Sep 07, 2012

Scrupulosity and religious compulsions can sap joy from the Christian life. The Doubting Disease is a widely influential text on how to think about and help these strugglers. Emlet assesses both the strengths and underlying flaws of Ciarrochi’s model.

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Aaron Sironi, Mike Emlet  - JBC Article  - Sep 07, 2012

This toolbox article gives counselors useful information and probing questions to help evaluate the degree of risk and establish a safety plan for a counselee who is suicidal.

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Mike Emlet  - JBC Article  - Aug 27, 2012

Michael Emlet’s “Listening to Prozac…and to the Scriptures” updates the answer to a perennial question. What is the relationship between biblical counseling and the use of psychoactive medications? Historically, biblical counselors have sought to walk what Emlet calls the “wisdom tight-rope,” not acquiescing to claims of medical panacea but also not denying that medications can sometimes serve as a helpful adjunct to primary pastoral care. Emlet articulates this tight-rope in a fresh way.

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Alasdair Groves, Mike Emlet  - Podcast  - Aug 16, 2012

This week on Help and Hope, Alasdair Groves and Mike Emlet discuss how to take seriously those statements of counselees that might imply intent to harm themselves.

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