Category Archives: Counseling

“In the West, we’ve lost the practice of lamenting. In contrast, the ancient Hebrews were constantly in God’s face.” Paul Miller

In Ruth chapter 1, upon the death of Naomi’s husband and two sons, her daughters-in-law request to continue living with her. But Naomi urges them not, saying, “No, my daughters, for it is more bitter for me than you that the … Continue reading

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William Struthers on the importance having a mentor and the problem of peer-to-peer accountability

The presence of an ongoing mentoring relationship with an older, wiser and more mature man has a significant impact on psychological well-being. A mentor is someone deliberately chosen whom you see as modeling a life that is on the path … Continue reading

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The Roman Catholic church’s definition of pornagraphy

The definition is here quoted from Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William Struthers, psychology professor at Wheaton College. After examining several different attempts to define pornagraphy, Struther’s states that the Roman church’s definition is the one he prefers: … Continue reading

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Robert Roberts on the common effectiveness of different psychotherapies despite the approach or expertise of the therapist

So therapies are therapeutically effective; this result of the studies spurs us on to integrate their therapeutic power into the work of Christian ministry. But two other cumulative results of the scientific literature on psychotherapy outcomes raise serious questions about … Continue reading

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John Broadus on the relationship between preaching and counseling in the ministry of the pastor

Pastoral work is of immense importance, and all preachers should be diligent in performing it. But it cannot take the place of preaching, nor fully compensate for lack of power in the pulpit. The two help each other, and neither … Continue reading

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Bob Kellemen on being culturally influenced vs. culturally informed

Here Kellemen is discussing the need to know those we speak the word of God to. He uses Paul’s interaction with the Stoics and Epicureans in Acts 17: After Paul opens his heart and his eyes [to the people in … Continue reading

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Jay Adams on the “discipline dilemma”: It takes discipline for undisciplined persons to become disciplined.

While it is absolutely necessary for undisciplined persons to become disciplined, the problem is that they find it very difficult to do so without help because they are caught in the discipline dilemma: it takes discipline to become disciplined. That … Continue reading

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