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The Destructive Force of Empathy, and Why You Need to Know

The Destructive Force of Empathy, and Why You Need to Know

Before you go any further in this article, please answer this question. The reason I want you to do this is that your definitions of empathy and sympathy will describe who you are, how you think, and the kind of care you provide for others.… Continue Reading …

Any Christian Can Counsel. Are You Counseling?

One of the most significant unintended consequences of the biblical counseling movement is the idea that counseling is for a select number of Christians. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or Stitcher. If you want to comment on… Continue Reading …

Counseling Is Not the Best Option For Change

Receiving counseling can be a good idea. But if you place the weight of your long-term change on a brief season of counseling, you will be sorely disappointed. Counseling office success should never shoulder the primary responsibility of transformation for anyone. Listen to the podcast… Continue Reading …

Rick, Why Won’t You Counsel Another Way?

A counselee asked why I won’t counsel another way. She discerned a death feel to my counseling, and she was struggling. Though she does not disagree with my counseling approach, she did feel compelled to share her internal angst with me. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts… Continue Reading …

Do I Need to Be Certified to Become a Counselor?

The question is, “Do I need to be certified to be a counselor?” The answer is, “No, not necessarily. You are already certified.” Let me explain, speaking from a Christian worldview. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or… Continue Reading …

Counseling Is Not the Best Context for Long-Term Transformation

Biblical counseling has a place in our community. And as long as we keep it in its place while elevating a better “means of grace” for people to change, we will see more people changing. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google… Continue Reading …

12 Universal Assumptions You Can Make About People

People are not mysterious. Where it matters, they are not different. The more you talk to people, the more you see the common threads that run through all of us. The good news is that you have what you need to understand others. You can… Continue Reading …

Counseling Today: Standing On Jay’s Shoulders

I’m thinking about pursuing counselor training and had some questions. One of which is how you have seen the counseling movement grow and change over the past forty years. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or Stitcher. If… Continue Reading …

The Number One All-Time Counseling Problem…Ever

All Christians have one common problem, and it is the biggest struggle in their lives. Competent disciplers know this, which is why their help is transformative. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or Stitcher. If you want to… Continue Reading …

When Confidentiality Is Smuggled Into Christianity

Confidentiality within a Christian worldview is a biblical anomaly. What I mean is that it’s a cultural idea that has crept into a Christian way of thinking about relationships. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or Stitcher. If… Continue Reading …