9Marks November/December 2008 eJournal: Counseling in the Church

The latest 9Marks e-Journal has just been released centering on counseling and the church.  You can also download the pdf if you prefer.  Below is the index:


Five Advantages of Church-Based Counseling
Here are five reasons why churches shouldn’t be so quick to “refer out” their counseling.
By Deepak Reju

Counseling and Discipleship
How are a church’s ministry of counseling and discipleship related?
By Deepak Reju

Why Every Pastor-in-Training Should Read Ed’s Book
Every Capitol Hill Baptist Church pastoral intern is required to read Ed Welch’s book When People Are Big and God is Small. 9Marks asks Michael Lawrence why.

Twenty Ways to Cultivate a Culture of Counseling in Your Church
By Jonathan Leeman and Deepak Reju


Looking at the Past and Present of Counseling
Can biblical counseling draw from the Puritans? How are churches today doing at counseling? What is CCEF doing that’s unique?
An interview with David Powlison

Cultivating a Culture of Counseling and Discipleship
Tim Lane talks about counseling from the pulpit, the ideal church, recovery groups, promoting discipleship, and more.
An interview with Tim Lane

Sorting Out the Spiritual and the Physical in Counseling
Former medical doctor and now CCEF instructor Michael Emlet discusses his own background and what pastors should make of the mind-body connection in their counseling.
An interview with Michael Emlet

Premarital Counseling, Pornography, and Marriage
Today’s buzzword for marriages is “compatibility.” But counselors and couples need more wisdom than that, especially as pornography attacks marriage like never before.
An interview with Winston Smith

What Should Pastors Do with Fear, Medication & Addiction
Welch considers questions like, Should pastors give more thought to fear? Are psychiatric medications unbiblical? Should pastors keep their hands off the psychiatric issues?
An interview with Ed Welch


Book Review: Churches that Make a Difference, by Ronald J. Sider, Philip N. Olson, and Heidi Rolland Unruh
Reviewed by Flynn Cratty

Book review: The Multiplying Church, by Bob Roberts Jr.
Reviewed by Lance Quinn

Book Review: Who Can Save the Incredible Shrinking Church? by Frank Page
Reviewed by Owen Strachan


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