Category: The Gospel and the Ministry

Five Biblical Portraits of the Biblical Counselor

In my previous post, Truth and Love: Sharing Scripture and Soul, I addressed the question, “Does the Bible teach that in biblical counseling relationships are tertiary?” I was responding, in part, to a blog post I had read by a fellow biblical counselor, Donn Arms, that stated that relationships are secondary or perhaps tertiary in biblical counseling. I based my response upon numerous biblical passages including Romans 15:14; Ephesians 4:15; Philippians 1:9-11; and 1 Thessalonians 2:8. 2 Analogies of the Biblical Counselor  Donn shared two analogies of biblical counseling. I understand that all analogies break down at some point....

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Truth and Love: Sharing Scripture and Soul

Truth and Love: Sharing Scripture and Soul I recently read a blog post by my fellow biblical counselor, Donn Arms, that described well the importance of relationships in biblical counseling: “Now, of course, nouthetic counselors understand the importance of building involvement with counselees. In Competent to Counsel Jay Adams confronted the prevalent notion of the day that counselors should take a stoic, detached stance toward counselees. He pointed out that Paul counseled ‘with tears’ (Acts 20:31) and ‘intense concern’ (2 Corinthians 11:29) (CTC, 52-54).” The post also developed a point that I would flesh out a bit differently. It said: “For...

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Care for One Another in a Manner Worthy of the Gospel

Over the past week, we’ve been considering how to fight against ministry burnout. My prayer is that this series has been helpful for you and caused you to see where the Lord might want to do work in your own heart and life. I know writing this series of articles has been helpful for me to think through and address areas in my own heart and life the need for what the Puritans call “heart-work” that is to grow to be like Jesus in these areas. As this series come to a close, I want to appeal to you...

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Accountability, Friendship, and the Gospel

Over the last two posts, we’ve considered the problem of ministry burnout and rest and renewal in Christ. Today we’re going to explore our ongoing need of the gospel, friendship, and accountability. My Ongoing Need of the Gospel In August of this year, I will have lead Servants of Grace for seventeen years. Let me be honest with you dear ministry leader friend; I have often wanted to give up. I’ve wanted to say enough is enough. Enough of email, producing content in a variety of forms, dealing with difficult people, and responding to critics. Then I remember the...

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Resting in and Being Renewed by Christ

Introduction In the first installment of this series, I shared my own story of ministry burnout, and we learned that the root of ministry burnout is unbelief. In today’s article, we will discover what it means to rest in and be renewed by Christ. A survey of 1,220 adults published in USA Today revealed that most people are looking for more rest in their lives. Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed cited a need for more fun.[i] For most busy ministry professionals, additional fun time won’t happen without additional planning. The survey revealed that 67 percent said they needed...

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