Biblical Counseling and Synaptic Pruning in Schizophrenics

A friend sent me a copy of an article entitled Genetic Study Provides First-ever Insight into Biological Origin of Schizophrenia. My friend wanted to know what I thought about it as a biblical counselor. Are these findings good? Are they bad? Can a Christian worldview explain these findings? Before answering these questions, let me cast a vision. I need to describe what…

Why I Love Canadian Christians, Part Deaux

  I write this post from the Toronto International Airport. My mind is swirling with the lessons I learned this past week. My Christian Canadian friends have taught me one valuable lesson. They have taught me about true fellowship. True fellowship occurs through immersion. You must involve yourself in the life of another to experience true fellowship. My time at the…

Why I love Canadian Christians

    Greetings from the Great White North! I just taught my first day’s class of a week-long modular here at Toronto Baptist Seminary. So far, I have learned much more from my Canadian brothers and sisters than I have taught. Based on my limited exposure, here are some reasons I am coming to love these people. Canadian Christians are…

What Paul Can Teach the Christian Counselor

Christian counselors can learn much from reflecting on the New Testament epistles. For centuries, wise counselors have used the New Testament in their counseling. But, they have often emphasized the commands and not the themes. This makes sense when you think about it. Counselors want to give practical solutions to real problems. Thus, keeping things simple is better. Parishioners in…

Living the Gospel in the Midst of Our Presuppositions

When you get angry or annoyed at someone, do you ever ask yourself why that person bothers you? Granted, there are plenty of people in our lives that wear the tag annoying. But, have you asked yourself, “Why this person?” or “Why this person in this particular situation?” If you haven’t, start paying attention. The next time this occurs, I would…

Our Inconsistent Worldviews

None of us, regardless of our perspective, is consistent with our worldview. Our beliefs may be somewhat consistent, but our behaviors are not. For example, why is it that Christians (of which I am one), don’t live up to the ideals of Jesus? Aren’t we supposed to be his followers? Aren’t our lives supposed to be a reflection of his?…

How to Counsel Wisely

Good counselors provide sound wisdom to those under their care. Where do counselors obtain this wisdom? Of course, ultimately, all true wisdom comes from above (James 3:17). However, God uses counselors as administrators of his grace; hence, the question then becomes, “What means does God use in giving soul care workers this wisdom?” I think, at least for me, any…