Author: David Dunham

Biblical Counseling Is Not Anti-Medicine

I am a biblical counselor. I spend most of my day working with others to evaluate their problems, strategize for change, and seek wisdom from God’s Word. I love what I do, but what I do is different from many of the dominant models of counseling. Biblical counseling’s emphasis is on the first of those two words: the Bible. This emphasis has led many to draw all kinds of reductionist conclusions about this model of care and make all kinds of accusations against it. In this series, it is my hope to communicate a more detailed picture of biblical...

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Strategic Issues in Counseling: Consider the Personality of Your Counselee

God has given to each of us a unique personality, an essential component of the way we express ourselves. Personality tests attempt to categories us, but each of us is at some level unique. This individuality requires counselors be sensitive and attuned to the person they are caring for. Effective counselors know that since personality shapes a counselee’s responses they must pay careful attention to that unique personality. Tim and Jinny were very different people and over the years of marriage, those differences had become increasingly more pronounced. Tim was a talker. When there were unresolved issues between he and Jenny...

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Strategic Issues in Counseling: Consider the Context of Your Counselee

When Sarah’s mother passed away, it stirred up in her all kinds of fear and anxiety. She had been living with her mom now for almost thirty years and depended on her for a lot of things. Suddenly she was going to have to be responsible for her whole life. I could have pointed out her failures to be prepared for this moment, I could have indicated that she needed to grow up a long time ago, but none of that really seemed helpful at the time. She was anxious, but her anxiety seemed more related to suffering and...

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Jonathan Edwards A Missional Theologian

I try not to put much stock in buzzwords. They often become part of my vocabulary, but I try always to remember their limits. In recent years “missional” has become one of those buzzwords I use. The word has a dozen different meanings, but it frequently finds a place in discussions about Christian social justice. To be “missional” can often mean to reflect God’s heart for the poor and oppressed. In this sense, then, the idea of missional Christianity is not new. The 17th Century Puritan theologian, Jonathan Edwards was a missional Christian long before the term became buzzworthy....

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Strategic Issues in Counseling: Consider the Age of Your Counselee

Time changes us all. Or rather, we all change over time. As a young man I was impetuous and impulsive, but over time I find myself much more careful, slow to act even. As a young man I was far more gregarious and extroverted, but now I tend to be more introverted. The concerns and insecurities of youth have changed with age, and while I may still struggle with insecurities, they are uniquely different to this stage of life. All of us experience this, and good counseling must take into consideration these unique details of age. Effective counselors must...

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