Jay Adams (January 30, 1929 – November 14, 2020)
Jay Adams (January 30, 1929 – November 14, 2020) went to be with the Lord this past Saturday. All of us in the biblical counseling movement have lost a father, a man of great conviction, and a man to whom we owe the existence of our entire field of work. We here at CCEF offer our deepest condolences to Jay’s family, friends, and colleagues. We also want to express our gratitude to the Lord for Jay’s work as the co-founder of CCEF, which was just one of his many accomplishments. It is our great privilege to build upon the legacy he began here and to labor together with the many other institutions who, like us, owe their DNA to his seminal work. We pray that each new generation of biblical counselors will inherit Jay’s courage and conviction as they labor to equip the church for the care of souls.
A full account of Jay Adams’ life and ministry can be found here on the Institute for Nouthetic Studies’ website.
Debts to Jay Adams (1929-2020)
By Ed Welch
Nothing is new. A creative spark simply means that the people who provoked it have been assimilated into the way you think and live. “New” and “different” are forms of amnesia. Most of us are dabbling with a puzzle, for which other people have already put the pieces on the table.
I know some of the people who have put out my puzzle pieces. Jay Adams is certainly among them. I suspect a lot of what I do is just examine and rearrange what he has already done.
My father gave me Competent to Counsel in 1975. He inscribed it.
May you truly become “competent to Counsel” as you spend time alone with God to seek his wisdom to help others. Praying God’s richest blessing as you read and apply this book along with the Word of God.
I did read the book, and I came out of it more alive to how Scripture enters into everyday life.
You know Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in which Scrooge envisions his life from various perspectives. Well, if I envision my life without the influence of Jay Adams it is very different than it is now. We have all had thousands of influences on our lives, but it is a short list of people who remind us that, without them, we would not be who we are. If you take Jay out of my personal history, I no longer have the privilege of thinking about biblical counseling everyday, as I do now.
Anne Lamott has written that her life can be reduced to three words, “help” and “thank you,” or more specifically, “Lord, help” and “Lord, thank you.” And if you get in the groove of saying these things to the Lord, you will find yourself saying these things to and about other people.
Jay, you have certainly helped me. Thank you.