Category Archives: Counseling

Clinical Depression Is Real

For years, especially as a young Christian, I was encouraged to deny the reality of clinical depression. I am not completely sure why, though I have some educated guesses, but we seemed to believe that clinical depressions was the result of … Continue reading

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A Pastor Who Learned How to Serve the Homeless On the Streets

For twenty-seven years Deb Richardson-Moore was a journalist in South Carolina. Then, after being a writer, mother and wife, she entered a Presbyterian seminary (Erskine) to become a Baptist minister. After graduating with her M.Div. she accepted a post at … Continue reading

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Common Ground: God's Gift of a Restored Marriage

Common Ground: God’s Gift of a Restored Marriage, by Gordon Bals, is a book “God can use” according to best-selling author Larry Crabb. I agree and this is why I endorsed the book by writing: Books on marriage are very … Continue reading

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Misusing the Proverbs

Perhaps no part of the Holy Scripture has been more frequently abused, at least in my background, than the book of Proverbs. In reading the Bible Through in 90 Days I read Proverbs last week in two days. I was … Continue reading

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What’s the Big Deal About Porn?

No subject makes me quite as uncomfortable to speak or write about as pornography. I suppose this is because I know the problem is so profoundly difficult yet I actually know so little about it. I have read very little … Continue reading

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The Problem of Teen Suicide

Boy Interrupted is an HBO documentary film that raises powerful and troubling questions. It asks how a boy can threaten to end his life at 6 and 7 years of age and then actually do it at the age of … Continue reading

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The Connection Between Medication and Counseling

In the common goodness and grace of God the twentieth century brought real advance in the area of psychiatry. New drugs were discovered and various schools of counseling were developed as knowledge increased regarding the human body and how the … Continue reading

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Can We Develop a Truly Christian Psychology?

No subject is more divisive, at least in many conservative churches in America, than Christian psychology, or better stated, Christian counseling. One reason for this problem is that Christians who engage the social science of psychology often do a very … Continue reading

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Did Jeanette Sliwinski Get Justice?

Some court cases strike me as particularly intriguing. Not because they make Court TV, though they might for all I know, but because they involve complex factors in decision making and punishment. One such case in Illinois involved the sentencing … Continue reading

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Albert Ellis and the Birth of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Albert Ellis (1913-2007) died a few days age. He was the father of a counseling method called Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. When he was only 19 years old he devised a therapeutic technique to help him deal with his personal … Continue reading

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