Author: Joshua Waulk

Searching Hearts and Testing Minds The God of Biblical Counseling

The Gospels record that those who heard Jesus teach were “astonished” and “amazed” by the authority with which He spoke (Matthew 7:29; Mark 1:22; John 7:46). Whether Jew or Gentile, Jesus’s audiences were frequently captured, not only by His knowledge of God’s word, but by His commanding application of it to life. Whereas the Scribes and Pharisees turned God’s righteous law into an impossible burden for the people to bear, Jesus brought hope through the Good News of God’s mercy and grace (Matthew 23:4; 11:28-30). Two thousand years later, we see that while technology has advanced, the biblical diagnosis...

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Hope for Change in Union with Christ

Union with Christ is certainly eschatological, but it also has present and active benefits. It changes how we think, relate, and long for. The doctrine of union with Christ, of necessity, alters how we care and how we counsel in the church. These are just a few thoughts I had after reading Rankin Wilbourne’s new book, Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God. While I may have said something differently here, or clarified a point there, I enjoyed it very much and was challenged by Wilbourne’s work. I recommend it and will certainly make use of...

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The Delusional Dream of Secret Sin

“What I did is certainly known.” Moses (Exodus 2:14; HCSB) Sin absolutely wrecks the lives of men and secret sin wrecks them absolutely. In my experience counseling with men, it has usually been public sin issues that have garnered the concern of family, friends, and co-workers. These outward sin issues have served as the impetus for counseling as the truth of the matter became known. Rarely, however, is the known issue foundational to the chief complaint. More often than not, a season of hiding secret sin has paved the way to a public fall. To be sure, more than...

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Shame: Is It Crouching at Your Door?

There’s a type of sadness that often lingers in the air in many counseling sessions. It isn’t always easily identified, especially early on in a counseling relationship, but through the process of listening and peeling back the layers and years of a person’s life story, it eventually rises to the surface. It tries to hide, but once you see it, its presence in and influence over the heart is unmistakable. That it has to go is undeniable. We often confuse it with guilt, the legal term we assign to one adjudicated guilty of breaking the law. But we aren’t dealing with guilt. That...

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Too Tired to Care

During my law enforcement career, my comrades and I were repeatedly instructed to use caution when responding to an emergency call because, as the saying went, you were no good to anyone and a drain on available resources if you were involved in a vehicle crash on the way. In a similar fashion, biblical counselors, like first responders and other crisis care agents, are susceptible to a phenomenon known as compassion fatigue. While compassion fatigue may not leave the counselor stranded in an overturned vehicle, it does threaten to sideline them for a lack of awareness or appropriate caution....

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