Author: David Dunham

A Review of “How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian?” by Donald Whitney

There is no real disconnect between the theological and the practical. If we are sometimes convinced otherwise, and if we often live to the contrary, their compatibility remains. Don Whitney knows this, that’s why as he approaches the issue of assurance of salvation he aims to give us what the Bible says with keen insight to personal application. How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian? avoids the dichotomy of truth and life, by giving readers an applied theology of assurance. Whitney writes with a pastor’s heart as he seeks to teach readers “what the Bible says about assurance...

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Domestic Abuse and the Church

One in four women. Those are the startling national statics for cases of intimate partner violence. For many of us within the church, those numbers reveal just how desperately our world needs Jesus, but we fail to realize that domestic violence is a serious problem within our walls too. In fact, domestic abuse is not just a problem within the church; sometimes we can make it easier for abusers to hide and justify themselves. There are two primary ways that the church can unintentionally provide a safe haven for abusers. The church is often the most ill-equipped and unprepared...

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How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison

Biblical Counseling is all about sanctification. The goal of counseling is to help people, in the midst of their suffering and/or sin, to grow in their likeness to Jesus Christ. This means that the way we understand the process of sanctification, then, has a direct bearing on our counseling methodology. David Powlison, executive director of the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation, knows the importance of this doctrine for counseling. In How Does Sanctification Work? he seeks to help readers not simply understand the doctrine, but to revel in its diverse out-working. This book reminds us that there is no simplistic...

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A Review of “Suffering and the Heart of God” by Diane Langberg

Trauma destroys. Diane Langberg knows something of the specifics of that kind of destruction, for she has been counseling those who suffer from trauma for more than forty years. In Suffering and the Heart of God, she uses her experience as a counselor and an instructor to help readers learn about the conceptual and practical realities of trauma counseling. This collection of essays serves as an unparalleled manual for stepping into the hurt of others and pointing them to the hope of Christ. The book is broken down into four parts, each highlighting a different avenue for considering the complexity...

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A Review of “Putting Your Past in Its Place” by Stephen Viars

People “tend to drift between two extremes when considering” the role of the past, says Steve Viars: (1) the past is nothing, or (2) the past is everything. Christians ought to recognize the influence and the limitations of the past in the formation of an individual. In Putting Your Past in Its Place, Steve Viars gives readers a theology of the past that allows us to appreciate and qualify the importance of our past experiences. The past is influential but not determinative. How we interact with our past has massive implications for our present lives. A proper theology of...

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