Category: Guest Blogger

Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Diagnoses and Medications

If you are a counselor, it is highly likely that you are helping someone who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Mental health professionals use the Diagnostic Statistic Manual, or DSM, to describe, categorize, and diagnose such disorders. Have you ever wondered how to help people who have been diagnosed and what your view should be of the psychoactive medication they are usually prescribed? In Descriptions and Prescriptions, Mike Emlet attempts to provide us with a framework for how to view both the DSM and psychoactive medication.

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Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life

Martin Luther not only reformed theology, he reformed pastoral counseling. Through lively vignettes, real-life stories, and direct quotes from Luther, Counseling Under the Cross equips us to apply the gospel richly, relevantly, and robustly to suffering and sin so that we find our hope and help in Christ alone. Anne Dryburgh recently reviewed Bob Kelleman’s newest book:

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Real Life Lived by Dying to Self

Nineteen years ago I asked her what the most important lesson was that she had learned. Her answer was to put the cross into practice daily by dying to self and living for the Lord. Interestingly, this lady who has daily died to her sinful self since learning of its importance about 60 years ago, has experienced the real life that everyone longs for. By living this life, she has inspired countless others to live for the Lord as well.

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Life Wisdom

Yesterday a 16-year-old friend rose out of the baptismal water, symbolizing the new life she has in Christ. When I intercede for this young woman, I pray the inspired words of Paul: “…asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…” (Colossians 1:9, 10).

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