Category Archives: Counseling

A deeper look at the human need for change

Politics, culture and the role of law are agents of change that seem essential to our existence. These means offer limited solutions to some of our problems and offer the potential to promote human flourishing. But we have a deeper need that cannot be addressed through these agents of change.
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Three approaches to communication and leadership

Sometimes we’re not seeing the results we desire in relationships because we fail to recognize that different situations call for different approaches to communication and leadership. Continue reading

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Preparing new leaders for helping others

How can we protect new leaders from learning too much by trial and error?
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A word to Christian leaders and counselors

It would be impossible to adequately prepare young leaders for handling the many issues encountered in ministry today. Continue reading

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Robin Williams’ most uncomfortable role

It’s tempting to think that Robin Williams could have been lifted out of a state of despondency if only he had been able to read all the Twitter comments praising his amazing career as a great actor. Yet this would not be a safe assumption. Continue reading

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Good advice for adult children of divorce

10 helpful points for people who never had the benefit of seeing a loving, committed marriage modeled for them. These points are especially helpful to those who suffered wounds when their parents’ marriage ended that make it difficult for them to trust other people, and even God. Continue reading

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Is God’s will specifically revealed?

No amount of prayer will give us the authority to drop the “if” from our plans. Christians should therefore not say, “we prayed fervently about this plan and we know God is going to accomplish it.” James would say, “Where is your ‘if’?” But what about circumstantial signs, opened doors, inner impressions, or feeling called by God? Continue reading

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