Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation


Let’s Celebrate This Golden Anniversary

David Powlison

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, CCEF’s executive director David Powlison reflects on our wonderful mission and how it has developed over time. Biblical counseling was a mustard seed in 1968 when CCEF was founded. Based on the premise that counseling should be systematically biblical, that seed has taken root and grown into a flourishing vision for the one-another ministries of counseling and pastoral care.

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The Priority of the Priesthood for Human Identity

Edward T. Welch

What does it mean that the Bible describes God’s people as a holy priesthood? To most of us, the word priest connotes a separate and exclusive caste of religious professionals. But in this article, Ed Welch shows us how, as believers, we are all priests. We live before a God who comes near and who invites us to come near to him. The priesthood of all believers was a rediscovery of the Reformation. Follow Ed’s logic and you will rediscover it for yourself.

Parenting by Faith—Not Formula

Julie Lowe

What do I have to do so my kids will be responsive, happy, constructive, and godly?! Parents are often looking for a list of do’s and don’ts that produce a guaranteed outcome. Julie Lowe gives us something better. She debunks the myths we have of the “ideal family” and “surefire parenting techniques” and points us to God as our model and source of wisdom. God teaches us to parent the way he parents us—and he is never formulaic.

Loving Others as Saints, Sufferers, and Sinners (Part 2)

Michael R. Emlet

Mike Emlet continues his discussion of three foundational categories for understanding ourselves and others. In this article, he unpacks the categories of sufferer and sinner. Scripture models taking the time to understand a person’s experience of suffering, and models winsome ways of identifying sin and calling people to faith and obedience. These teachings offer us both guidance and guardrails to help shape our love for one another.

Caring for Someone with Schizophrenia

Todd Stryd

To love someone whose behavior is irrational, erratic, confused, and confusing can be very hard. In this practical article, Todd Stryd affirms this difficulty, and then casts a vision for what it means to bring realistic hope, help, and perhaps even a measure of healing to those who struggle with schizophrenia.

50 Years: How CCEF Has Grown—and Seeks to Keep Growing

Edward T. Welch

As CCEF celebrates its anniversary in 2018, we continue reflect on how biblical counseling has developed. In this piece, Ed Welch describes a process of growth in our understanding of Scripture, our view of the person, and our understanding of Jesus. He relates specific ways this has affected our counseling methodology, and he anticipates further growth as biblical counseling expands its reach as an endeavor of the worldwide church.

More Than a Proof Text: “What is the deepest truth about who you are? God delights in you” (Zephaniah 3:17)

Cecelia Bernhardt

This article explores the question: What is the deepest truth about who you are? Cecelia Bernhardt describes how a troubled woman with a history of unstable relationships found her way into the love of Christ. This story traces how her “identity in Christ” became a reality, not an abstraction.




For 40 years, the Journal of Biblical Counseling of CCEF has provided a forum for biblical counseling’s development and application. The mission of the 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.

Senior Editor David Powlison writes, “CCEF works and prays to restore Christ to counseling—and to restore counseling to the church. The Journal of Biblical Counseling serves this mission as a publishing ministry of CCEF. We believe that true, life-explaining insight into people necessarily involves thinking Christianly. Loving, lasting help necessarily involves practicing ‘counseling’ as one aspect of consciously Christian ministry. The deeper you gaze into what actually goes wrong with people—the weight of our sins and sorrows—the more clearly you see that Jesus Christ is essential to making it right.”

The journal includes articles and reviews from CCEF faculty like David Powlison, Ed Welch, Michael Emlet, Winston Smith, Julie Lowe, and more. It also includes other authors in the field including Paul Tripp, Jay Adams, John Piper, Tim Keller, and more.

The Journal of Biblical Counseling (JBC) is currently published three times per year, available in both print and digital subscriptions. The JBC was published as a print journal from 1993-2007 (Issues: 11:2–25:3). From 1977-1992, it was published as The Journal of Pastoral Practice (Issues: 1:1–11:1).


Senior Editor: David Powlison
Managing Editor: Kimberly Monroe
Assistant Editor: Lauren Whitman
Proofreader: Bruce E. Eaton