Counseling and the Spirit

Theology is intensely intimate. Michael Bird excellently summarizes theology as “speaking about God while in the very presence of God.” We have deeply engaged with the subject of our study.” a This theological intimacy builds a particular type of worshiper. This worshiper, then, is aware of the nature of his relationships and his relationality with … Continue reading Counseling and the Spirit

How Can I Understand? Thoughts on Counseling from Acts 8

So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. In Acts 8, we are reminded of the familiar story of the Ethiopian Eunuch. The wealthy … Continue reading How Can I Understand? Thoughts on Counseling from Acts 8

God’s View of Counseling

Counseling doesn’t just inhabit clinical settings, nor is it the property of several upstart professions practicing in the wealthier countries. God’s view of counseling cuts deeper, applies wider, aims different, lasts longer, matters more. You live or die based on the counsel you listen to—and the counsel you give. Counseling is not just for those … Continue reading God’s View of Counseling

Counseling and the Work of the Spirit

Theology is deeply intimate. Michael Bird excellently summarizes theology as “speaking about God while in the very presence of God. We are intimately engaged with the subject of our study.” a This theological intimacy builds a certain type of worshiper. This worshiper, then, is aware of the nature of his relationships and his relationality with … Continue reading Counseling and the Work of the Spirit

NANC no more? The Future of Nouthetic Counseling

In my earlier years (the cage stage, as one wise author puts it), I supported the NCN, which stands for No Counseling Necessary. Why don’t people just get their act together and get on with it? My senior year in high-school was filled with empty zeal. I was zealous about many things, but knew little … Continue reading NANC no more? The Future of Nouthetic Counseling

Tenacious Biblical Fellowship

Paul Tautges in his Counseling One Another observes that one of the affects of relying on secular psychology has been the internalizing of the faith, thus leading to a departure from the Church. He writes that the early church would never have entertained such a strange notion. The Church was tenacious about its biblical fellowship. He observes: … Continue reading Tenacious Biblical Fellowship