A Letter from David Powlison
Our faculty’s work is at the heart of what CCEF does. They seek to engage wise discipleship in churches. They influence students around the world being trained for the hands-on part of pastoral ministry. They challenge cultural assumptions about psychology and counseling. At the heart of their work is a central passion: Christ and Scripture are relevant to the deepest personal and interpersonal problems. Every knee will bow to Jesus someday—it is a joy and sanity to live unto him today. This is what we strive for every day at our ministry.
Here is a glimpse into what two faculty members are doing now.
Mike Emlet began serving at CCEF 13 years ago after ten years as a medical doctor. One of the courses Mike teaches is Counseling and Physiology. Recently he reflected on his preparation for the course, “It is a time to dive into the depths of what it means that God has created us body and spirit people. There are implications for how brain physiology impacts how we as biblical counselors approach people wisely.” In addition to counseling and teaching Mike has been working one day a week this summer on writing projects. One article focuses on how to understand psychiatric diagnoses from a biblical perspective. It is an expansion from a previous CCEF national conference talk. It will be published in a future issue of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. The writing and research Mike is doing on this important topic is made possible through the generosity of our donors.
Cecelia Bernhardt has counseled at CCEF for ten years and has served as our counseling director for five. Cecelia is the type of person who moves toward problems. She has good instincts for what is needed and what is most helpful. She handles a crisis wisely and well. This is part of what makes her a great director of counseling. One of her roles as counseling director is to intervene in crisis situations and support both the counselor and counselee. “I think crisis situations can tempt people to question God’s sovereignty and his love. Sometimes in his love he spares us from hardship and sometimes in his love he works through a crisis in ways we can’t always see. As biblical counselors we lovingly help people to see how God is with them no matter their life circumstance.”
These are two more of the men and women you support. You can read more about previously featured faculty Ed Welch, Julie Lowe, Winston Smith, and Todd Stryd here. We have raised 50% of our goal. Would you consider a special gift to help us?
David Powlison, Executive Director