This weekend I taught part of an online Marriage & Family Counseling course and several student questions revolved around the matter of biblical divorce. What are valid reasons biblically for getting divorced? Two are quite clear: sexual immorality (Matt 19:9) and an unbeliever walking out on a believer (1 Cor 7:13-15). It’s important to note … More Can I Get Divorced Because of Verbal Abuse or Emotional Abandonment?
Our counseling will always only be as strong as our understanding of theology. We believe that genuinely helping people means helping them grow in Christlikeness as the Spirit helps them understand and apply the Word of God to their hearts. As such, the details of our doctrine will always find their way into the way … More How Christ’s Impeccability or Peccability Matters to the Drunk
The tide turned against using computers in class during my time in seminary. Behind the weight of a handful of studies that demonstrated better retention by students who handwrite notes verses students who type notes, an increasing number of professors are discouraging or outright banning the use of tablets and notebooks within their classrooms. Today … More A Plea to Professors: Please Don’t Ban Computers in Your Class
I promise you that the title isn’t meant to be clickbait. Anxiety is a very real thing that we feel as human beings, and the Scriptures are replete with comforts and corrections for us in our worries. Rather what I mean by “nobody struggles with anxiety” is that an individual’s battle against anxiety is never a war … More Nobody Struggles with Anxiety
Yesterday while reading Jeremy Pierre’s new book The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life, I came across a quotation from Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff. Wolterstorff discusses the way in which human beings make decisions: In weighing a theory one always brings along the whole complex of one’s beliefs. One does not strip away all but those … More What Holds Fast in a Riptide?
Earlier this week a student and I started talking about ideological spectrums. You know the chart – the neat little rainbow-shaped diagram with a left, right, and happy middle. Our minds are often conditioned to think that whatever particular idea resides within the center of a spectrum is the truth. “I don’t want to be an extremist” … More Beware the Counseling “Spectrum”
Kate and I will see a new chapter of our lives begin on August 1. I have accepted a position at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC as the Coordinator for Christian Counseling. This position essentially encompasses academic administration, student care, and recruitment for the M.A. of Christian Counseling. I find myself surprised when I think … More Charlotte Bound