Category: Counseling and Soul Care

  • Sanctification

    In this paper, we will look at the sanctification process—the process by which God’s elect are set apart from the perversion and corruption of sin and set apart to God, to become His pure and spotless people. Understanding the subject of sanctification is obviously of utmost importance, since God’s number one goal for believers is…

  • Emotions and the Heart

    In this paper, I will argue that it is both Biblical and essential to diligently watch over our hearts, paying close attention to our inner fears, frustrations, desires, attitudes and motives. I will propose that paying attention to the inner workings of the heart is necessary for sanctification and transformation into the image of Christ.…

  • Recommended Reading for Care Givers

    This is a list of books that I have read and would recommend for care givers, although I do not recommend everything in them. They are listed in no particular order

  • The Bible and Psychology, Sociology, Science, and Business principles

    As Christians, we wholeheartedly believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is the source of truth. But this leads to a number of questions: “What role do the sciences play in us understanding truth? How much can we learn from those who have studied psychology and sociology? What about applying business principles…

  • Counseling and the Local Church

    What is the place of professional counseling in the church? Does it have a place at all? And, if so, how should counselors and counseling interface with the discipleship efforts of the pastor and church? When should a Christian leader refer someone to counseling? And who should he refer them to? With such a bewildering…

  • Counseling and the Early Church

    What is counseling? For the purpose of this summary, I am considering counseling a subset of shepherding. The Greek word translated “pastor” (ποιμήν) is the common word for “shepherd.” Pastors are to “shepherd” the people of God in the same way that shepherds care for their flocks. I’m regarding “counseling” as the more individually-oriented aspects…

  • Self Esteem

    To esteem means regard with respect, prize. One of its synonyms is “value.” When thinking about esteem, we should ask ourselves the questions, “Prized, esteemed, valued by whom?” Although we can lose our sense of value and esteem in our own eyes, my experience is that we don’t usually have a problem with this. We…

  • Should We Love Ourselves?

    If you love someone, do you want them to take care of themselves? Of course you do. Every parent does. God is our Father, loves us, and wants us to care for ourselves. Part of God’s grief when we sin is that we destroy ourselves and keep ourselves from blessing. All of God’s commands are…