In this episode, Andrew Ray talks with Winston Smith and David Powlison about counseling teenagers about sex. Their discussion is in response to a listener’s question: “I am a Westminster graduate and am currently involved in a Christian high school as a counselor. I’ve been taken back and shake my head when I hear over and over from Christian teens that they do not consider oral sex ‘sex.’ They say things like, ‘it doesn’t cause you to lose your virginity’ or, ‘it’s not intercourse, so it’s not forbidden by the Bible’ etc. How do I respond to this biblically?”
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David Powlison served as CCEF’s executive director (2014-2019), a faculty member, and senior editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. He held a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary. David wrote extensively on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books Seeing with New Eyes and Speaking Truth in Love probe the implications of Scripture for how to understand people and how to counsel. The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context explores the background and development of CCEF’s mission. David is survived by his wife Nan, their three children and spouses, and seven grandchildren.