Category: Academic Work

Biblical Counseling: A Ministry to Serve and Shepherd

In the past five years as more and more books have come out on biblical counseling topics, I have consumed more and more on the topic of biblical counseling. The result of this reading has been my seeing a need for biblical counseling in the local church. My aim in this article is to encourage those who are engaged in the work of biblical counseling by calling to them to continue in faithfulness in serving and shepherding God’s people in the context of the local church. It has traditionally been thought that the counseling ministry is only the pastor’s ministry. This idea is correct in as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough. The pastor is to engage in pastoral care for the people of God. Often though pastors can only do so much to help people in their congregation; as their training in seminary equips them to help people only so much. As a result, they must ask for help and send hurting people out to others who have more training. This is where biblical counseling in the local church comes in. Biblical counseling best describes the ministry that local churches should be engaged in—that is taking the Word of God and helping God’s people not only learn from the Word but to submit to and apply the Word to their own lives. Biblical counseling...

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Reformation as Rediscovery of the Gospel

Countless historians have gone to great lengths to explain the Reformation through social, political, and economic causes.[1] No doubt each of these played a role during the Reformation, and at times a significant role.[2] Yet most fundamentally, the Reformation was a theological movement, caused by doctrinal concerns.[3] Though political, social, and economic factors were important, observes Timothy George, “we must recognize that the Reformation was essentially a religious event; its deepest concerns, theological.”[4] What this means, then, is that we must be “concerned with the theological self-understanding” of the Reformers.[5] But more can be said. Yes, the Reformation was...

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Weekly Roundup 4/17/2017-4/22/2017

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 4/17/2017-4/22/2017. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it.  Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts. Monday 4/17/2017 The Majesty of Mystery: Celebrating the Glory of an Incomprehensible God (K. Scott Oliphint) reviewed by Zach Barnhart http://servantsofgrace.org/majesty-mystery-celebrating-glory-incomprehensible-god-k-scott-oliphint/ We Hate Weakness – But the Gospel Makes It Beautiful by Kristen Weatherall and Sarah Walton http://servantsofgrace.org/we-hate-weakness-but-the-gospel-makes-it-beautiful/ Episode 78- Aaron Armstrong– Luther: The Life, and Legacy of the German Reformer http://servantsofgrace.org/episode-78-aaron-armstrong-luther-life-legacy-german-reformer/ When God...

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Spurgeon’s Wisdom: The Three Places of Blessing Around Our Hill

Each week I attempt to read a sermon by my favorite preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Recently I read a sermon from 1855, The Church of Christ.[1] In it Spurgeon sought to develop an argument on the clause from Ezekiel 34:26, “And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing.” Here he attempted to convince his audience of the church’s role in the world. His argument was simple: first, “Christ’s church is to be a blessing” and second, “Christ’s church is to be blessed.” As I was reading, I was struck by his first point,...

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Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 19-25 February 2017

Current Events Andrew Walker – Transgenderism in Public Schools: What the Latest News Means for Christian Parents “With the decision to withdraw the guidelines, the federal government will now resume its original understanding of “sex” to refer to biological sex, rather than the amorphous and subjective “gender identity.”” Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics Joel Beeke – John Bunyan: The Faithful Tinker Joel Beeke provides an excellent short biography of John Bunyan. George Guthrie – How Word Studies Go Bad: A (Slightly Funny) Example “This is just a reminder that, while word studies can bring a rich depth to your Bible study,...

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