Author: David Dunham

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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Responding to the Narcissistic Prayer Life

Proud people abuse prayer. Jesus teaches us that prayer is about communion with our heavenly Father. Prayer involves adoration, confession, intercession for others, expressions of gratitude, and more. The arrogant person knows nothing of these elements of prayer; rather prayer is all about them. Prayer for such people is about getting from God and using God, not communing with God. Correction of the narcissistic prayer life will mean speaking directly to three kinds of misuses. Divine Butler Instead of Sovereign Lord The prideful person views God more like a divine butler than the Sovereign Lord of the Universe. God...

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Three Habits to Cultivate for a Healthy Culture in Your Home

The problems and joys of our home don’t arise from within a vacuum. All our homes have a certain culture about them which cultivate certain character traits in us and encourage certain responses from us. The culture of our home is often subtle and unspoken, and yet its significance cannot be overstated. It’s important, then, that we all evaluate what kind of culture we are creating at home. Healthy family cultures are engaged in equilibrium, open dialogue, and expressive grace. Equilibrium – All families have problems, there’s no way to avoid them. In a sin-cursed world, things are never going...

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What Biblical Counseling is NOT: Simply Spiritual

What Biblical Counseling is NOT: Simply Spiritual At some level all our problems are theological. A more controversial statement cannot be made in the realm of counseling, but it’s a statement that I truly believe. Since we live in God’s world everything about us, our lives and our struggles are related to God. That means everything has a theological or spiritual element to it. This truth is, in part, what drives the approach of Biblical counselors. Such a concept of people, problems, and life itself has led many to conclude that biblical counselors can only offer spiritual guidance, no...

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What Biblical Counseling is NOT: Sin-Obsessed

What Biblical Counseling is NOT: Sin-Obsessed I have been looking at some of the characterizations of Biblical Counseling over the last several weeks. There are many to consider, but I have limited myself to the most serious and most common. This critique today argues that Biblical Counseling is just focused on sin, or “sin-hunting” as some say. In truth, a multi-paradigm approach directs the individual-specific counsel that we seek to give. “Counselors don’t treat problems; they care for people.” That’s my hyperbolic way of communicating to myself, and my students, that Biblical Counseling isn’t formulaic. We don’t just place...

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