This brief article is written to encourage believers in their fight against doubt.
With an eye to Job, this article reckons with the question, where is God in your suffering? It discusses three truths about suffering: God doesn't promise to keep us from suffering, he doesn't promise earthly goods, and he works through suffering. So the article shows how we can find hope in suffering.
This article underlines how sanctification is a lifelong process, and that God does not follow a certain schedule but takes his time with us.
This chapter introduces the history and significance of the biblical counselling movement associated with Jay Adams. Adams crossed swords with the established practice of referring members of the church to psychiatric and psychological experts without trying to take care of “their own.” That is, psychiatry replaced the pastorate’s jurisdiction over personal problems.
By way of a case study, this article considers appropriate steps to minister to those who are angry at God. It considers what such anger stems from, and also how such anger bears witness that we are designed for a lasting relationship with God.
This article holds out hope for those addicted to pornography. Powlison explains that God can and does transform the addict's imagination and behaviour, as the individual is challenged to face his behaviour, understand the deeper struggle, and go to God for his help in the fight.
The author tries to guide us as modern readers of Scripture to read and understand the Bible, which was written to others in such a manner that it speaks to us.
Biblical counseling is rooted in a conviction that God's Word is sufficient to address the complete situation of man. This article shows that such a conviction will lead to certain affirmations and denials about the condition of man.
Why is idolatry by far the most frequently discussed sin in the Bible? It is a problem of the heart, the chief object of God's concern since from the heart issues everything. Yet idolatry is also a social problem. This article considers the interplay between our hearts and the situation that surrounds us, and the implications this has for counselling issues.
David Powlison answers the question of whether anger is morally neutral or conditioned.