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April 08, 2013 - Kimberly Monroe - Blog Post

When we look closely at what actually changes people—examples both from Scripture and from personal experience—we see how diversely relevant the Word and Spirit are to our human struggles. David Powlison challenges the tendency of popular views on sanctification to take one strand in Scripture and present it as the be all and end all of Christian growth. Powlison specifically engages the strengths and weaknesses of the view that asserts, “You are sanctified by remembering that you are justified.”  

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April 05, 2013 - Kimberly Monroe - Blog Post

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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April 04, 2013 - Myriam Hertzog - Blog Post

In this thoughtful toolbox article, Winston Smith investigates when it is appropriate not to do marriage counseling.  At first glance, this may be a bit confusing.  Why would you ever say no to a couple who has asked for counseling?  Are there situations that warrant a different approach?  

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April 02, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

I saw a billboard on the way to the airport that read:  Thou shalt not commit adultery. It advertised a website that specialized in extra-marital sexual connections for those interested in a little cheating.  I am speechless.  Perhaps I am a prudish, self-righteous Bible thumper mired in some version of an old Christian America that is fading away. So I will let someone else speak.

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April 01, 2013 - Alasdair Groves - Blog Post

Pornography is pervasive and the number of families and churches damaged by it grows every day. Its prevalence makes you wonder if it is a problem that can truly be helped, and, if so, how? In an article published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Biblical Counseling, Alasdair Groves asserts that “with God’s help, it is possible for men to experience lasting victory in their battle with this entrenched and powerful foe.” 

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March 29, 2013 - Lauren Whitman - Blog Post

“The counselor says: Homework. The response from the counselee is: slumped shoulders, glazed eyes, slack jaw. It feels like one more burden. It does not feel like “help.” Why is that? Why is something that is supposed to be helpful viewed so negatively?”

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March 28, 2013 - Lauren Whitman - Blog Post

A woman in her forties dies from cancer and leaves behind her husband and two daughters. Any one of us would struggle to make sense of this tragedy. Is there any comfort, any consolation, any hope to be found when there is a loss such as this?  In a sermon delivered at the memorial service for this beloved woman, Dr. William Edgar anticipates five questions that are often asked in the face of such a heartbreak, and relays God’s answers to these good and honest questions. 

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