The Importance of Giving Hope

July 31st, 2020 by posted in Counseling, Suffering

One of the most important aspects in biblical counseling is giving hope. My experience, however, is that many biblical counselors find this a very secondary issue. We have the tendency to focus on heart idols well, we ask fairly good questions, and while sometimes we struggle giving good homework, that is always in the forefront […]

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Music as Homework

July 15th, 2020 by posted in Uncategorized

Giving good homework has always been tricky for me. I have many ideas, but making sure the homework is good, and effective, is sometimes a challenge. I am a proponent of homework. I believe homework must be given each session, even the first session. It may be simple, but it must be something that helps […]

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Helping Your Counselee Understand Competing Voices

June 21st, 2020 by posted in Counseling

“When truth lines up next to error, Bible next to philosophies of life, Christ next to figments of the imagination, you can learn to spot the difference in a flash. Good is good, evil evil, never the twain shall meet, and God trains our senses to discern good and evil. But in actual lives lived […]

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What is Soul Oneness?

June 5th, 2020 by posted in Marriage and Family

I was recently asked to comment on the term Soul Oneness.  When I inquired as to where the person had heard the term, he referred me to chapter 2 of Larry Crabb’s book, The Marriage Builder,[1] titled, Soul Oneness: Manipulation or Ministry?  I remembered skimming this chapter many years ago, so I took a second […]

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Book Review: Uprooting Anger by Robert Jones

May 22nd, 2020 by posted in Counseling

Introduction Ivan Denisovich, you shouldn’t pray to get parcels or for extra stew, not for that.  Things that man puts a high price on are vile in the eyes of Our Lord.  We must pray about things of the spirit–that the Lord Jesus should remove the scum of anger from our hearts.[1] We all understand […]

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