No “Digging Up the Past” Allowed: A Response to Nouthetic (“Biblical”) Counseling

Sometimes I talk with people who want healing and help from the Lord but are hesitant to “dig up the past” or who have counselors who don’t want them to “dig up the past.” For a while now, maybe over a year, I’ve been mulling over that pejorative expression. “Digging up the past” to me …

“(Don’t) Save the Body”: A Response to John MacArthur’s Head of Counseling

I enjoy irony when it’s in the context of literature. When it’s in the context of a Bible teacher who seems to be completely oblivious about the contradictions of his statements, it makes me feel like I need to practice my breathing techniques. Apparently, according to professor John Street, head of counseling at John MacArthur’s …

Restoring a Pedophile, According to Jay Adams

This article is Part Three of the series “Competent to Examine Jay Adams and His Teachings,” written with the help of Valerie Jacobsen. Part One, “How Jay Adams Would Counsel a Pedophile,” is here. Part Two, “How Pedophiles are Forgiven, from the Teachings of Jay Adams,” is here. Now it’s time for restoration

How Jay Adams Would Counsel a Pedophile

Part 1 in the Series: Competent to Examine Jay Adams and His Nouthetic Counseling I have posted about “nouthetic counseling” (later rebranded to be called “Biblical counseling”) more than any other tagged topic on this blog. But this series will examine Jay Adams’ writings themselves, drawing from the work of Valerie Jacobsen on her Facebook …

“Look To the Cross More”: A Response to the “Gospel-Centered” Movement

Last week I received a letter from my friend Ana. The first part of her first question read: In the Reformed/Gospel-centered movement, the focus seems to be on how sinful and wicked and powerless we all are and how comforted and relieved we should be when we look to the cross. It seems like the …