Street-Level Change

Ethical application, both in preaching and counseling, is a debated and difficult topic.  Some are intentionally against any application of a particular passage to the ethical details of life (parenting, employee-employer relations, dating relationships, etc.).  Others feel that such detailed application is the heart and soul of the Christian message.  Both these extremes miss the …

Struggling with our past …

Perhaps this is a bit of a truism, but pastoral counseling exists because of problems in the past.  Perhaps it was a marriage argument from the past (last week, last night, 2 hours prior).  Perhaps it was a rebellious behavior from the past, the result of which is chaos and pain.  Perhaps it was abuse …

The Case of the “Hopeless” Marriage

I just finished reading Jay Adams' little book, The Case of the "Hopeless" Marriage: A Nouthetic Counseling Case from Beginning to End.  It was an informative and interesting little read.  I thought I'd do a mini-review of this tool for counselors. The book is a fictional marriage counseling case with a couple who are ready …

Counseling and Medicine

Within Christian counseling circles, one of the most polarizing issues is the use of medicine for controlling the symptoms of various problems. Some Christians are too slow to seek the help of medicine.  Though they profess that man is both body and soul, their "grit-your-teeth-and-just-pray-harder" approach seems to downplay the crucial role that the body …

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