One of my favorite classes in seminary was Spiritual Disciplines led by Dr. Paul Chitwood at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He taught us several practical steps on how to pray through the Psalms powerfully. I have taken his advice and crafted them into my own unique approach to prayer. Here are 5 strategies to... Continue Reading →
Four Warning Signs that You Have A Gambling Addiction
Here are four warning signs that indicate you have a gambling addiction. First, you feel the need to be secretive. Second, you have trouble controlling your impulse to gamble. Third, you gamble even when you don't have money---which could lead to poverty. Fourth, you isolate yourselves from family and loved ones due to your desire... Continue Reading →
God Counsels with a Loving Eye
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." -Psalm 32:8 There are 4 key words in this passage: instruct, teach, counsel, and love. It is God's love, however, that makes all the difference. Just as faith without works is dead... Continue Reading →
Finding Joy In Pain Is Difficult
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the Earth." -Psalm 100:1. The year 2016 was the most difficult year of my life. I was involved in a sledding accident that resulted in a mild concussion. A couple months later, my friend from high school passed away. For several weeks, my son Evan was having recurrent... Continue Reading →
Misfits Are Fit For The Kingdom Of God
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the term misfit as "a person who is different from other people and who does not seem to belong in a particular group or situation." Does this describe you? If so, you are not alone. Growing up, I tried to fit in many tribes. In middle school, I hung out with the jocks. Somehow... Continue Reading →
Christian Counselors and Medical Professionals: A Symbiotic Relationship
I think its vital to work alongside a physician to help someone cope with their depression. An important distinction to make from the beginning with the doctor, however, is what constitutes as an organic problem versus a non-organic problem. For instance, let’s say Billy (fictional name) is suffering from thyroid deficiency and that’s why he feels depressed. Because this deficiency... Continue Reading →
Are Anti-Depressants the Answer for Depression?
Case Study: Let's say there is a 45 year old female named Sarah (Fictitious name). She told you she was terribly sad and has a lot of trouble keeping up with life. She came to you seeking biblical counseling. Sarah has several friends who received anti-depressants from their family doctor. The medicine seemed to help, but... Continue Reading →
Counseling the Heart Through Biblical Thinking
Ever since Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, human thinking has been marred by sin. People distort truth, embellish stories, and abuse others with their words. The absolute truth-telling that exists in the mind of God is unfortunately uncommon in His Creation. In this paper, I will focus specifically on how sin... Continue Reading →
Can Secular Psychology and Biblical Counseling Find Common Ground?
Common grace is the blessing God bestows upon every created being, both the saved and the unsaved. Examples of common grace include the beauty of nature, intellectual discovery, moral accountability, relationship building, and physical health. In this paper, I will explain whether secular Psychologists use common grace to properly diagnose the human condition or oppose... Continue Reading →
Limited or Unlimited Confidentiality in Biblical Counseling?
The purpose of this essay is to talk about the kind of commitment to confidentiality a biblical counselor should make with a counselee, when it’s appropriate to limit privacy rights and report a confession to civil authorities, and how a counselor should cooperate with the authorities about these issues. The ultimate goal is to restore... Continue Reading →