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Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

The Journal of Biblical Counseling

 

The mission of the Journal of Biblical Counseling (JBC) is to develop clear thinking and effective practice in biblical counseling. We seek to do this through publishing articles that faithfully bring the God of truth, mercy and power to the issues that face pastoral ministries of counseling and discipleship. See subscription options here and Kindle editions here.

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EDITORIAL

What Can You Do When God Seems Far Away?
By: David Powlison

We’ve all experienced times when Scripture seems irrelevant, and when our relationship with God waffles somewhere between distracted, indifferent, and complaining. What can you do about that? David Powlison offers two suggestions. One asks God to do something for you and the other asks you to slow down and notice some things about yourself.

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FEATURED ARTICLES

The Manna from Heaven Is Christ, Your Daily Bread
By: Lauren Whitman

When God gave manna to the Israelites, it was more than physical sustenance in the desert. The manna pointed to our need for God, a need that is perfectly fulfilled in Christ. In this article, Lauren Whitman shows us how the Bible presents Christ as our nourishment from heaven. She goes on to show how you can apply this truth to the hearts of sufferers, sinners and seekers.

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Counseling in the Brambles: How to Help Oppressive Marriages
By: Darby Strickland

Marriage is meant to be a place of safety and trust, but when one spouse oppresses the other, marriage becomes a place of danger and fear. In the last issue of JBC (30:2), Darby Strickland’s article helped to identify when and how oppression happens in a marriage. In this follow-up article, she describes how to intervene and set counseling goals for both spouses.

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The Dreaded S-Word: Submission and the Abuse of Authority
By: Robyn Huck

In the final article of her three-part series on submission, Robyn Huck describes what happens when those in God-given leadership roles abuse their power and harm those under their care. She lays out a process to help those who suffer under abusive authority and explores how to weigh God’s seemingly competing commands to submit to those over us and confront sin and injustice.

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COUNSELOR’S TOOLBOX

Ode to the White Board: Helping People Make Connections
By: Todd Stryd

This practical article illustrates how a white board can serve as a counseling tool. Using a case study of a woman struggling with debilitating anxiety, Todd Stryd demonstrates how to use the white board to organize her whirlwind of feelings and experiences into a form that can be discussed and examined together. Stryd shows how such visual depictions enable her to make connections between underlying issues and current problems and come to new conclusions about how to live out her faith.

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BOOK REVIEW

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
By: Brian Liechty

Since its publication in 2007, this book about parenting adopted children with traumatic backgrounds has had considerable impact in Christian circles. Reviewer Brian Liechty assesses the book and points out how it can be helpful to Christian parents whose adopted children are from “hard places.” But he also cautions that the authors fail to understand children as moral agents, which means readers must weigh the book’s insights and recommendations judiciously.

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