Five for (late night) Friday

Really pushing to avoid this becoming a Five for Saturday…

An impending marriage. I pray that when the day comes for me to launch my daughters into marriage, I respond as well as Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr has.

Christ’s victory is our victory. YES!

Are you competent to counsel? “Do you care enough to ask when someone seems troubled? Are you wise enough to point to Christ and His Word, not your opinion? Are you humble enough to pray on the spot for their struggle or burden?”

Where did all these Calvinists come from? Fascinating (and well-researched) infographic from Josh Byers and Tim Challies about the New Calvinism.

Dear future mom. Beautiful, moving message to a future mom of a child with Down syndrome.

And with 10 minutes to spare, got this done on Friday.



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



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7 ways larger and smaller churches can work together

Last week, Dr. Bob Kellemen of RPM Ministries posted two articles about megachurches, multi-site churches, and smaller churches. Dr. Kellemen and RPM Ministries are one of my go to resources, thus the presence of his blog on my blogroll. Many moons ago, while he was still teaching at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD (and while I was still living in the DC metro area) I took a class with Dr. Kellemen, and appreciated the man and admired the material. He is currently the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, and serving as an elder of a smaller sized church in Indiana. He has written two posts on the kingdom purpose and kingdom placement of the megachurch, multi-site churches, and the smaller church. The question he asked at the end of his first post was “How can the mega-church with a multi-site vision for kingdom ministry cooperatively support, empower, and partner with like-minded smaller churches in the community?” As the pastor of a smaller church, I commented on his post, and he graciously offered me the opportunity to do a guest post on his blog, which appeared on Monday. I am grateful for the opportunity to share about the smaller church, and specifically the rural smaller church such as those served by Village Missions, as well as to offer suggestions on how the larger church (whether it is big, large, mega, or multi) can partner with the smaller church.

Below is what I wrote, and I do want you to read it. To get a bit of context, I suggest you read Dr. Kellemen’s posts. Here is part one, Multiplying Kingdom Ministry Together and part two, Through the Eyes of the Smaller ChurchContinue reading