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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

Getting Oriented
By: David Powlison

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FEATURED ARTICLES

Who Can Stand before Jealousy?
By: Edward T. Welch

We’ve all been jealous at some point in our lives. It usually reflects our self-serving agenda and the belief that we deserve to have desired people and possessions. It can get ugly. But not all jealousy is bad. Jealousy originates in God and reflects his loving, protective zeal for us. Dr. Welch’s article shows how powerful and destructive human jealousy is, and gives a vision for how to imitate God’s good jealousy.

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The Dreaded S-Word: Submission and the Active Role of Helper
By: Robyn Huck

This is part 2 of Robyn Huck’s series on submission. She reminds us that the Christian life is fundamentally an act of submission to God—whether you are in the role of head or helper. Through biblical stories, analogous illustrations, and a case study, we see what an engaged helper looks like and how the role contributes to God’s kingdom.

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Getting to Know the Experience of Same-Sex Attraction
By: Brad Hambrick

This article encourages Christ’s people to pursue friendships with those who identify themselves as same-sex attracted (SSA). In the absence of relationship, God’s call to love our neighbor is neglected. Brad Hambrick seeks to remedy this estrangement by helping the reader to understand aspects of the SSA experience. Fruitful relationships will come more naturally as we grow in understanding and empathy.

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What’s in a Name? Understanding Psychiatric Diagnoses
By: Michael R. Emlet

As Christians, it can be hard to know what to think about the diagnoses the mental health world uses to describe troubled people. Are they useless because they are based on a secular view of mankind? Or are they helpful because they offer researched and detailed descriptions of common problems? Dr. Emlet offers a biblically informed perspective for our ministry that helps us to be neither “too cold” nor “too warm” toward these classifications.

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COUNSELOR’S TOOLBOX

More Than a Proof Text: “Jesus invites you to follow him–how will you respond?”
By: Lauren Whitman

Lauren Whitman describes Jesus’ encounter with Levi, a reviled tax collector. She shows how you can use this gospel story in counseling to help people think through Jesus’ pursuit of unlikely people and his call to discipleship.

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More Than a Proof Text: “You feel ashamed–but Christ is the lifter of your head” (Psalm 3:3)
By: Kristin Silva

Kristin Silva uses Psalm 3 to minister to a person whose shame is so heavy that it is visible in her physical demeanor. This true story has a powerful ending.

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BOOK REVIEWS

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
By: Myriam Hertzog

Myriam Hertzog interacts critically with Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, a popular speaker and author on the topic of shame. The review acknowledges that Brown taps into real issues. But Brown’s explanations and goals are shallow when compared to the riches Scripture offers.

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Developments in Biblical Counseling by J. Cameron Fraser
By: Sam R. Williams

Biblical counseling is what we do at CCEF, and this review is of a book that covers the history of the movement. Sam Williams provides a keen summary of Cameron Fraser’s Developments in Biblical Counseling. The book will be of interest to those committed to the practice and growth of the movement.

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