Author: Bob Kellemen

5 Biblical Portraits of Biblical Counselors, Part 2

In my last two posts, I’ve pondered the relationship between truth and love in biblical counseling. You can read the first post at Truth and Love: Sharing Scripture and Soul. You can read the second post at 5 Biblical Portraits of the Biblical Counselor.   Couplets In my second post, I shared the first two of five portraits that Paul paints of his ministry: he relates as a brother and as a mother. Before I share three additional paintings by Paul, let’s reflect a bit on the language we use about truth and love. I don’t think it is helpful...

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Five Biblical Portraits of the Biblical Counselor

In my previous post, Truth and Love: Sharing Scripture and Soul, I addressed the question, “Does the Bible teach that in biblical counseling relationships are tertiary?” I was responding, in part, to a blog post I had read by a fellow biblical counselor, Donn Arms, that stated that relationships are secondary or perhaps tertiary in biblical counseling. I based my response upon numerous biblical passages including Romans 15:14; Ephesians 4:15; Philippians 1:9-11; and 1 Thessalonians 2:8. 2 Analogies of the Biblical Counselor  Donn shared two analogies of biblical counseling. I understand that all analogies break down at some point....

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Truth and Love: Sharing Scripture and Soul

Truth and Love: Sharing Scripture and Soul I recently read a blog post by my fellow biblical counselor, Donn Arms, that described well the importance of relationships in biblical counseling: “Now, of course, nouthetic counselors understand the importance of building involvement with counselees. In Competent to Counsel Jay Adams confronted the prevalent notion of the day that counselors should take a stoic, detached stance toward counselees. He pointed out that Paul counseled ‘with tears’ (Acts 20:31) and ‘intense concern’ (2 Corinthians 11:29) (CTC, 52-54).” The post also developed a point that I would flesh out a bit differently. It said: “For...

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What Is Gospel-Centered Counseling?

What is gospel-centered counseling? It seems today that as Christians we’re always using the words “gospel” and “gospel-centered,” but what does that mean, especially related to counseling and one-another ministry? What Gospel-Centered Counseling Is Not I don’t know about you, but I often learn best from the opposite. So perhaps we could all consider what is not gospel-centered counseling. And perhaps we could learn from the stereotypical critiques that some share about their perception of biblical counseling. Gospel-centered counseling is not one verse, one problem, one solution. We might call this approach the “concordance” approach. Someone shares with us...

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Who Titles Your Life Story?

Who Titles Your Life Story? Two Editors to Your Life Story Your life is a story. And two people seek to write the title to your story. Satan’s Shaming Story Satan seeks to title your life story using the lens of shame, guilt, sin, and condemnation. Satan’s story is the story of the law…which condemns. Christ’s Grace Story The Author of Life is the only One with the right to name your story. He—Christ Jesus—names your story through the lens of grace, forgiveness, the cross, justification, reconciliation, regeneration, and redemption. Christ’s story is the story of the gospel…that forgives...

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