Rest and the Gospel

Rest seems elusive these days. Each new day brings a host of tasks to complete and, seemingly, not enough time to complete them. Both food preparation and the feeding of little mouths are constant. As soon as one meal is completed and cleaned up, it’s almost time to start preparing for the next. Inordinate amounts…

Biblical Counseling and the Sufficiency of Scripture

I recently completed the ACBC Counselor exam as a requirement for my master’s in biblical counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as a requirement for certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Below I’ve shared two of (28) questions that I answered to complete this exam. These questions address the sufficiency…

Transparency

Transparency. What does this look like in your relationships? What does this look like in your church culture? How many times have you seen a conversation similar to the following go down in your small group/D-group/Sunday school class (whatever you call it). Question: How is everyone? Does anyone have any prayer requests to share?  Answer: Let’s be…

Top 10 books I’ve read in seminary

I’ve been mentally working on this post for a while, but two recent happening encouraged me to actually write it. First, over Christmas break, Jenny went off on a diatribe about how Americans are getting dumber by the day because we spend substantial amounts of time glued to computer screens and smart phones, mindlessly surfing…

Graduation

Adam graduated from seminary on Saturday. It was a good day. A great day. A day I sometimes thought would never come. There was great celebration and rejoicing in my heart when he walked across that stage. Because let me just tell you, the 95 hour M.Div from Southern ain’t no joke. Getting this degree has…

A Glimpse at Biblical Counseling . . .

In my last year studying psychology at Auburn, I had to meet with my research methods prof to receive feedback for a major project. He commended me on a project well-done and told me he was interested in having me do research under him. He went on to ask about my future plans in psychology…

Newly sharpened pencils. . .

Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. – Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail That “back-to-school” feeling is in the air. It’s not cool, per se, but the temperatures have dropped…