Month: March 2014

Promoting Christoformity in Christian Counselees: Yet More Wisdom From the Heavenly Dr. Sibbes

What is the goal of Christian counseling? Most counselors would answer this question with something like: “progressive sanctification,” “promoting Christlikeness,” or “Christoformity.” So far, so good. However, while counselors agree on the goal, there is a wide divergence in the opinion of “how” one accomplishes this purpose. Sure, most will say things like, “Well, I help my counselee keep his…

Six Strategies for Promoting Counselee Humility: More Wisdom From the Heavenly Dr. Sibbes

Humility is the heart’s deepening awareness of the presence of God. And since humans can only flourish in the truest sense when they are in communion with God, all Christian counseling, despite the approach, should promote the development of humility in the souls of its clientele. In chapter two of Josiah’s Reformation, Richard Sibbes discussed the cultivation of this humility.…

Helping the Self-loathing Client: Wisdom from the Heavenly Dr. Sibbes

[This entry is part two of a multiple part reflection on Josiah’s Reformation by Puritan pastor Richard Sibbes.] What do you do with self-loathing Christian clients? You know, the people whom, despite the promises of the Bible, believe that Jesus died for everyone…except them? In his book Josiah’s Reformation, Richard Sibbes offers valuable insight that may prove helpful to counselors…

The Christocentric Depth Psychology of the Heavenly Dr. Sibbes (part 1)

One of my favorite Puritan authors is Richard Sibbes. While I have benefited from the works of many Christian theologians, philosophers, and counselors through the years, the Heavenly Dr. Sibbes, as Spurgeon called him, continually reorients my calling by reminding me that counseling, for all that it is, is ultimately a pastoral function. Technically, he was neither a psychologist nor…

Preparing for Difficult Counselees

Counselors are human. This means that they are image-bearing embodied souls who continually worship before the face of a Holy God. In addition, as humans, counselors struggle with sin just like those they counsel. One prominent area of counselor sin stems from the counter-transference issues that occur when counselors must work, on a long-term basis, with individuals whom they do…

What this blog is about…

I suppose that there is no ONE correct way to start a blog. Perhaps a good place to start is by simply sharing what led me to see a need for a forum such as this one. Over the years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to get to know many of the leading individuals in the different “camps”…