Category: What We Write About

What Is Gospel-Centered Counseling?

What is gospel-centered counseling? It seems today that as Christians we’re always using the words “gospel” and “gospel-centered,” but what does that mean, especially related to counseling and one-another ministry? What Gospel-Centered Counseling Is Not I don’t know about you, but I often learn best from the opposite. So perhaps we could all consider what is not gospel-centered counseling. And perhaps we could learn from the stereotypical critiques that some share about their perception of biblical counseling. Gospel-centered counseling is not one verse, one problem, one solution. We might call this approach the “concordance” approach. Someone shares with us...

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Praying the Redemptive Story

Scripture has instructed and formed my prayer life in a myriad of ways. I’ve learned from the Lord’s Prayer the glorious truth of what it means to pray “My Father” and “Thy Will be Done.” Paul’s prayers have taught me to look beyond immediate physical needs and desires and to the deeper spiritual needs of the heart. The Psalmist’s raw honesty has taught me to come to the throne of grace just as I am. A perhaps lesser known prayer I’ve learned from Scripture, yet just as important is praying through God’s story, the story of redemption. A Prayer...

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My Story of Ministry Burnout: Idolatry, Unbelief, and the Gospel

Fairly recently Lifeway Research conducted an in-depth examination of the problem of ministry burnout and concluded through its research that only ten percent of pastors left the ministry because of burnout.[i] Whether it’s ten percent or more, ministry burnout is an issue, and it’s something I am personally familiar with. My Personal Story of Burnout I was 24 when I first experienced burnout. At the time, in 2004, I was leading Servants of Grace through a time of great growth, preaching on an internet radio station once a week, and attending a community college studying philosophy. There were many...

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Episode 71- The Importance of Reading Godly Books in the Christian Life

Welcome to the seventy-first episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins and James Forbis talk about  the importance of Reading Godly Books in the Christian Life What you’ll hear in this episode: The Great Commandments and the need to read books.  What publishers James and Dave like. What blogs, ministries, and podcasts Dave and James like.  Dave’s advice to reviewers about how to write a good review. Why Christians should read good and godly books. How to read with a discerning eye. Getting good godly books in the hands of children.  The need for reading among...

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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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