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20 Most Important Biblical Counseling Books of 2013, Part One

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In January of each new year, I craft my list of the most important biblical counseling books published the previous year. They may be books about biblical counseling, or by biblical counselors, or they may be books that serve as important resources for biblical counselors. I list them in alphabetical order…the first ten today, and the second ten in my next post.

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The Law and Church Counseling: Part One—Caring Carefully

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Note: You’re reading Part One in a blog mini-series on The Law and Church Counseling. I’m summarizing this series from material in chapter twelve of Equipping Counselors for Your Church. To learn more about the book, visit Equipping Counselors (embed link http://bit.ly/EC4YC4E). The Elephant in the Room When I discuss legal and ethical issues in my seminars on Equipping Counselors for Your Church, I show a PowerPoint slide with a picture of an elephant in a living room. No one likes to talk about ethical and legal concerns in church counseling. They are often the unspoken elephants in the room that motivate church leaders to squelch biblical counseling ministries.

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It’s Wonderful to Be Forgiven

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  The Big Idea: Learn how to help others to receive the wonders of Christ’s forgiveness. (Excerpted from Spiritual Friends.) Grace Dispensers When a brother or sister repents of sinful patterns of the heart, we need to become dispensers of Christ’s grace who communicate “it’s wonderful to be forgiven."  Three categories summarize the types of gospel

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What Would You Say to Yourself at 16?

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Yesterday in the car I was listening to a Christian radio station (Moody Radio out of

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How to Be a Biblical Spiritual Friend Part One: Pointing Others to the Ultimate Spiritual Friend

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A church member knocks on her pastor’s door early Monday morning. She’s in tears over her teenage son’s suicide attempt. Her pastor greets her with a loving, gentle welcome, ushers her into his office, and opens in prayer. Together they’re ready to engage in the art of arts: spiritual friendship.

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20 Most Important Biblical Counseling Books of 2013, Part Two

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The List, Part Two  In January of each new year, I craft my list of the most important biblical counseling books published the previous year. They may be books about biblical counseling, or by biblical counselors, or they may be books that serve as important resources for biblical counselors. 

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How to Be a Biblical Spiritual Friend Part Five: Five Scriptural Reasons for Biblical Listening

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  Listening carefully to people’s words is biblical, not secular. Listen to what God’s Word teaches about listening to human words: Words Are Powerful Words Are Meaningful Words Convey Soul Messages Words Are Worthy of Soulful Attentiveness Words Reflect One of Two Life Interpretations

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How to Be a Biblical Spiritual Friend Part Six: Gospel Conversations—The Remedy to “Take Two Verses and Call Me in the Morning”

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Do you want to remedy the shallow stereotype of “take two verses and call me in the morning?” Are you ready to stop placing band-aids on your friends’ suffering and sin? Then engage in mutual gospel conversations based upon a biblical way of looking at and living life. Gospel Conversations: Ephesians 4:29

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Want to Change Lives?

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I had a great time facilitating the Center for Church Equipping Pre-Conference on Equipping Counselors for Your Church. Hosted by the Association of Biblical Counselors, over sixty attendees participated from a wide array of backgrounds (denominations, ethnicity, church size, roles—pastors, counselors, elders, deacons, ministry directors). At the end of our all-day overview of the “4Es” (envisioning, enlisting, equipping, and 

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The Top Ten Trends in Biblical Counseling

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Note: The Gospel Coalition originally posted the following article written by the ABC’s Executive Director for the Center for Church Equipping, Dr. Bob Kellemen.   As I speak around the country on biblical counseling, I typically hear two very different responses. Sometimes I’m asked, 

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