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Five for Friday

Drat. Missed the end of Friday. But, I’m just going to pretend that I’m writing this from Fairbanks, Alaska where it still is Friday. If I can pretend, then so can you. Get your parkas and wool hats, and read what I’ve been reading this week…

Can Jesus Heal Mental Illness?  This is part one of what is (so far) a 4-part series by Heath Lambert of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. The remainder of the series is worth your attention as well.

Expressing our emotions. Another series of posts. The one I have linked to is the 6th (and final) post of a large series on emotions by Dr. Bob Kellemen on his RPM Ministries site. This post has all of the links to the previous posts, so you’ll be able to get caught up. Dr. Kellemen helps us to understand our emotions biblically. If you have emotions of any type, give these a good, long look.

40 Joys through Jesus. When your heart needs some cheering up. I really appreciate folks who do the research I typically avoid! This is devotional material here folks. You could read through it quickly, but I’d encourage you to take it in slowly.

Millenials and the False Gospel of Nice. “There is anecdotal evidence that seems to indicate a robustly orthodox evangelicalism is growing among the young.” A counter-argument to the narrative that orthodoxy is causing young evangelicals to leave the church.

The importance of the right running shoes, and proper fit. This is a slideshow of what can happen if you make a mistake on either. Not pretty. Downright ugly, if not nasty. If you have a weak stomach, maybe skip this one.

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Resources for biblical counseling

This past Saturday, I was afforded the great privilege of sharing at Lake City Community Church’s Family Summit. The Family Summit is a one-day event the church hosts to support, encourage, and equip their church family to be empowered, devoted followers and proclaimers of Christ. After an opening, general session, attenders could select from workshops like Leading a Child to Christ, Parenting Adult Children, Spiritual Formation, and more. I taught two sessions on biblical counseling – one was focused on defining what biblical counseling is, the other focused on what it looks like, with an attempt to undo some of the “professional” mystery.

As a part of those two sessions, I included some suggestions for other resources to get further informed and equipped. In an effort to serve you who were not there, or those of you who were at the Family Summit but were drawn away by the allure of other workshops (perfectly understandable), or for those of you who were there and either did not take notes and/or threw away your handouts, what follows is a list of those resources….

For further reading: 

“Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling” by Jay E. Adams

“Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change” by Paul David Tripp

Journal of Biblical Counseling – a CCEF publication

“How People Change” by Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp

For further training: 

Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Counseling and Discipleship Training

CCEF School of Biblical Counseling (online)

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (graduate studies, some classes available online)

Western Reformed Seminary (Tacoma – graduate studies)

Biblical Counseling Organizations:

Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly NANC)

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)

Biblical Counseling Coalition