But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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This past week, I spoke at theCanadian Biblical Counseling Coalition’sannual conference:Gospel Conversations: Equipping the Church to Counsel.

My focus was not only on equipping Christians for formal biblical counseling (a church withbiblical counseling), but also on equipping every believer...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 03:36

50 Foundational Biblical Counseling Passages

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As part of a 4E Ministry Training Strategy Questionnaire that I distributed, two dozen best practice churches answered the question:

“What are the foundational Scriptures upon which you founded and based your biblical counseling ministry?” 

Collated below are the fifty passages...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 22:55

12 Biblical Counseling Resources on Grieving with Hope

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imageA Word from Bob:I’ve taken today’s blog post on 12 Biblical Counseling Resources on Grieving with Hope fromThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources2019 Edition which includes 690 resources on scores of biblical counseling and Christian living topics. The...

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Where do you turn when a family member asks you, “What would you recommend I read for help with my struggles with anxiety?”

Where do you turn someone in church says, “Do you have any books you recommend that would help me deal with the sexual abuse I experienced 20 years ago as a...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 18:00

A Psalm for the Betrayed and Abused: Psalm 55

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Guest Post by Pastor Pat Quinn 

It is a glorious truth that Scripture speaks relevantly, personally, and powerfully to the whole range of modern struggles and issues (2 Peter 1:3-4). This includes all forms of personal betrayal and abuse: physical, emotional, and sexual. As people created in...

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imageA Word from Bob:You’re reading the fifth of a multi-part blog series on Christ-centered hope and healing for sexual abuse. I’m developing this series from my P&R Publishing booklet,Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes. You can read the rest of this blog mini-series at the links below:

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:00

Beauty for Ashes: Gospel Healing for Sexual Abuse, Part 4

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imageA Word from Bob:You’re reading the fourth of a multi-part blog series on Christ-centered hope and healing for sexual abuse. I’m developing this series from my P&R Publishing booklet,Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes. You can read:

Journey Three: The...

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What Do We Do After the Hug? 

So, you and your church are excited about one-another ministry through biblical counseling. But what do we do after the hug? What do we say after we pray?

What are we equipping people to do when we equip them for gospel-centered biblical counseling?

What does it...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 18:00

Beauty for Ashes: Gospel Healing for Sexual Abuse, Part 3

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You’re reading the third of a multi-part blog series on Christ-centered hope and healing for sexual abuse.

I’m developing this series from my P&R Publishing booklet, Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes.

Journey Two: The Damage of...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on preventing sexual abuse in the church, Christian celebrities, and more by, Al Mohler, David French, Mark Vroegop, and more.

Will Woke Progressives Allow Celebrities to Be Christian?

At the National Review, David French writes:

“We cannot...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:00

Beauty for Ashes: Gospel Healing for Sexual Abuse, Part 2

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imageA Word from Bob:This is the second of a multi-part blog series on Christ-centered hope and healing for sexual abuse. I’m developing this series from my P&R Publishing booklet,Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes. You can readPart 1 here.

The Primary Damage of Sexual Abuse

God has not left us...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:00

Beauty for Ashes: Gospel Healing for Sexual Abuse, Part 1

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A Word from Bob: This is the first of a multi-part blog series on Christ-centered hope imageand healing from sexual abuse. I’m developing this series from my P&R Publishing booklet, Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes.

Ashley’s Story and Nate’s Questions

It was the day after their twin...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 19:00

My Decision Regarding James MacDonald and Two of My Books

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As many have reported, includingJulie RoysandChristianity Today, on February 13, 2019, James MacDonald was fired by Harvest Bible Chapel. In an announcement to the congregation on February 16, 2019, Bill Sperling, an elder on the executive committee, stated concerning the firing of James MacDonald...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 18:00

Finally, a Biblical Marriage Counseling Primer!

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Do you know the feeling when you come across a grand slam book? Something inside of you ignites as the words on the page send you into outward exclamations of “amen” or “that’s so helpful.” That is exactly how I felt when reading Jonathan Holmes...

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Sexual abuse ravages the soul, causing unimaginable distress and damage. The Evangelical community has once again been jolted into this awareness by the just released articleAbuse of Faith: 20 Years, 700 Victims: Southern Baptist Sexual Abuse Spreads as Leaders Resist Reforms, by Robert Downen,...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on our suffering Savior, marriage counseling, parenting, and more by, Erik Raymond, J.D. Greear, Paul Tautges, and more.

By His Wounds We Are Healed 

Pastor Tautges begins with these insightful words.

“Jesus was tragically wounded, but not...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 18:00

118 Top Biblical Counseling Books: 2012-2018

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Every year since 2012, I’ve collated a list of top/most important biblical counseling books. Several people have asked me to collate those lists…and here you go. If my math is correct, you have links to posts about the 118 Most Important Biblical Counseling Books: 2012-2018.

I’ve...

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A Word from Bob:I’ve taken today’s blog post fromThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources—which includes 100s of resources on scores of biblical counseling and Christian living topics. The entire 115-page resource document is available here. Also, in the full resource...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 18:00

10 Life Lessons from 10 Heroes of Black Church History

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imageIn American culture, we tend to be taught the history of Caucasian leaders—especially white male historical figures. Sadly, it is less typical that we learn from the legacy of the heroes of Black Church history.

I presented on this topic at Bethel ChurchinGary, Indianawith a focus on: Learning...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on anxiety, suffering in ministry, pro-life arguments, and more by Justin Taylor, Desiring God, David Powlison, and more.

God’s Purposes for Suffering in Ministry 

Biblical counselors normally focus on helping others who are suffering. In...

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A Word from Bob:I’ve taken today’s blog post fromThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources—which includes 100s of resources on scores of biblical counseling and Christian living topics. The entire 115-page resource document is available here.

Cancer Support 

Help!...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 18:00

What Makes Biblical Counseling Truly Biblical?

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I just finished teaching a one-week biblical counseling small group lab class (BC 611) atFaith Bible Seminary. I asked my students to craft a 25-word response to the question:

What makes biblical counseling truly biblical? 

We each had about 10 minutes to develop these—so consider them...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 18:00

4 Christian Influences on Martin Luther King, Jr. (2019)

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As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, few are aware of the legacy of four believers whose courageous lives influenced his life. Today we learn the rest of the story.

Influence #1: Rosa Parks: A Woman of Great Conviction

In the words of the U.S. Congress, Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was the “Mother...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on resisting temptation, goals for a new year, persecution of Christians, and more by J.D. Greear, Denny Burk, Jared Wilson, and more.

The Danger of Secret Temptations 

Pastor Dave Dunham rightly acknowledges that we are all tempted. And he then...

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Tim Challieshas been doing an excellent job (as always) blogging about…blogging (here, here, and here). He’s noticed the decline in the number of individual bloggers actively blogging and is seeking to motivate Christians to blog again.

Mom and Pop Blogs 

In interactions with Tim,...

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