Justin Taylor posted a summary and questions on divorce and remarriage according to Jay Adams. This material is based on the content in Adams’ book Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible. Helpful stuff on a difficult and disputed topic.
These are great thoughts from Kevin DeYoung on a sensitive and inevitable aspect of every pastor’s ministry. Furthermore, his wisdom applies to any Christian who visits the sick and the dying.
These definitions are helpful as Christians reflect on what Biblical Counseling is.
“The most experienced psychologist or observer of human nature knows infinitely less of the human heart than the simplest Christian who lives beneath the Cross of Jesus. The greatest psychological insight, ability and experience cannot grasp this one thing: what sin is….And so it does not know that man is destroyed only by his sin and can be healed only by forgiveness. Only the Christian knows this.”
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible, vol. 5 (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996), 115.
I really enjoyed David Powlison’s chapter, “The Pastor As Counselor,” in For the Fame of God’s Name. Here are some excerpts from his contribution:
“All Christians are meant to become wiser counselors. God intends that every word you ever say to anyone is actively constructive in content, intention, tone, and appropriateness (Eph 4:29).”
“Counseling is not essentially a technical enterprise calling for technical expertise. It is a relational and pastoral enterprise engaging in care and cure of the soul.”
“God has chosen to impose his values on the entire universe….On the last day, every knee bows to God’s values.”
“In your preparation and testing to become a pastor, perhaps no one ever said that firsthand understanding of people and firsthand skill in counseling are essential aspects of your pastoral calling.”