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June 06, 2013 - CCEF - Blog Post

From The Gospel Coalition: "Finding the courage to voice your story of sexual abuse can feel impossible: too exposing, too embarrassing, too painful, too taboo. Tragically, sometimes the hardest place to share such stories is within the church. 'Why is this so,' asks Scotty Smith, 'and how can the church do a better job of giving men and women the voice to tell their stories of shame?'"

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June 03, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

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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June 02, 2013 - CCEF - Blog Post

Usually counseling skills are talked about from the counselor's perspective. But what is it like from the point of view of the one seeking help? For counseling to be fruitful, what must happen in the counsel-seeker’s relationship with the counsel-giver? This workshop will discuss four key ingredients that make a decisive difference in the effectiveness of pastoral counseling

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May 28, 2013 - CCEF - Blog Post

“Take two verses and call me in the morning”? How do Biblical counselors actually use the Bible in counseling? Dr. Mike Emlet, CCEF faculty member, will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming conference based on his book, Crosstalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet. Four area churches are partnering for the conference, which will be held at Sovereign Grace Church in Titusville, FL this Saturday, June 1. For more information, please click here. 

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May 22, 2013 - Mike Emlet - Blog Post

It’s the year 2063. A New Yorker article titled “The Last Normal Person in the United States” highlights the life of a certain E. Piphany. As far as experts know, she is the last living person not found to be diagnosable by the recently released DSM-9. Amazingly, she alone does not fall into one of the 5,146 conditions currently described in the DSM.1 Which, ironically, makes her quite abnormal . . .

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May 22, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

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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May 16, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

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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