Biblical counseling – is it just for the pastors and elders? Or for trained professionals? What does it look like to restore counseling to the local church? Here is a clip from Tim Lane's "Counseling in the Local Chuch" which is available in video format for the first time this semester. Registration deadline is December 20th. Click here to find more information and to register for this class.
On Friday December 14, 26 people, including twenty children, were gunned down in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. As we grieve this tragic loss of life, we also feel afraid and wonder how to think about God in all of this.
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.
Life in a fallen world is painful and broken. As Christians endure hardship and suffering, it is common to feel angry at God in our hearts. Our job as counselors is to help people face the reality of the anger they feel, express it, and repent of it so they can move forward. Listen as Alasdair Groves and Cecelia Bernhardt discuss how to come alongside and help those who struggle in this way.
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.)
“Knowledge is power.” How many times have we heard that phrase? As Christians we really don’t believe it. Or do we? In this final installment of a series using Zack Eswine’s book Sensing Jesus as a launching pad, I am looking at the temptation toward omniscience, to be a “know-it-all” in life and ministry. Ever since the serpent tempted Adam and Eve to be like God by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we humans have had a skewed view of knowledge.
Where does this come out in our lives?
“The goal of my relationship with this person is that I might become more like Christ in this relationship, and that they might be more like Christ as a result of this relationship . . . . That changes everything.” - Tim Lane
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.
What is your response in life and ministry when things just don’t seem to change? When you labor and sweat and pray, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” and that prayer seemingly goes unanswered? When after meeting months with a struggling couple they decide to divorce? When your friend’s depressed son commits suicide? When a relationship ends without reconciliation? Are you surprised? Undone? Angry? Fearful? How are you tempted to react?
Resistance seems like an odd thing: someone asks for counsel but then doesn’t listen to it. It sounds like a straightforward case of hard-heartedness. But there may be other reasons why counselees don’t listen.
Here are two.
1. Counselors offer ill-suited counsel