JBC Vol. 33 · No. 2 Articles
David Powlison prepared these remarks shortly before his death. He had written them to share with the graduating class of Westminster Theological Seminary, but was unable to attend in person due to his declining health. In this brief address, David takes us on a journey through the Sermon on the Mount and offers us encouragement […]
In this article, David Powlison expands on an earlier piece he co-wrote with Heath Lambert. It offers an affirmative answer to an apparent contradiction: Since those committed to counsel biblically are committed to seeing counseling restored as a core ministry of local churches, is it really acceptable for counseling to be done outside of the […]
This is the latest article on marriage counseling from Aaron Sironi and Lauren Whitman. In it, they discuss the pitfalls of trying to help a couple when only one spouse comes for counseling. They offer thoughts about how to avoid mistakes, as well as how to offer constructive help despite the obvious limitations.
Coming to terms with the pain of past traumas is a perennial concern for counselors, pastors, and all believers. Here, Ed Welch introduces us to three important books on the topic of trauma. He provides a selective summary of the most relevant information from these texts so that we can both learn from the authors’ […]
Many of us love someone who has strayed from the Christian faith. In this article, Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert acknowledge the fatigue and feelings of hopelessness that we can experience when we are in a relationship with someone whose choices cause us to grieve. The authors offer practical advice as well as some stirring […]
This essay is the first of many articles to come that honor David Powlison. Here, Dr. William Edgar, an esteemed apologist and personal friend of David’s, describes him as an irenic apologist for biblical counseling who knew when to build walls and when to build bridges.
Purchase the digital edition of the Journal of Biblical Counseling volume 33:2. 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 […]
Purchase the print edition of the Journal of Biblical Counseling volume 33:2. 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 […]
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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.
Our past 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).