Nouthetic Counseling, Reparative Therapy, and The Prosperity Gospel

The last time I wrote about nouthetic counseling, I discussed its foundations in anti-intellectualism. I compared the thought patterns behind the movement to the medieval Catholic Church. Well I can do one better. I didn’t want to pull all the punches in one post. How about showing how the nouthetic counseling is based upon the… Read More Nouthetic Counseling, Reparative Therapy, and The Prosperity Gospel

It’s National Suicide Prevention Week and Evangelicals are Nowhere to be Found

Here are some sad statistics. 121 million people worldwide struggle with depression. Suicide accounts for 49.1% of violent deaths (compared to 18.6% for war and 31.3% for homicide.) 5.8% of men and 9.5% of women will experience a depressive episode within any given year. (I have seen estimates that are much higher as well.) In… Read More It’s National Suicide Prevention Week and Evangelicals are Nowhere to be Found

Nouthetic Counseling, Fundamentalism, and Moldy Bread

Jay Adams is a rather polarizing figure. A lot of people love him, and some, like me, not that much. He is the pioneer in the nouthetic counseling movement and has contributed a lot to the rise in biblical counseling. According to the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, “the aim of Nouthetic Counseling is… Read More Nouthetic Counseling, Fundamentalism, and Moldy Bread

Some Reflections on Depression (and an attempt to explain it to the mentally healthy)

I have realized that it is difficult to explain what depression/anxiety/OCD feels like to those who have never experienced it. It isn’t just sadness or worry. Like I have written before, I don’t know what the main problem I have is, but it is probably somewhat a mixture of the three. I am going to… Read More Some Reflections on Depression (and an attempt to explain it to the mentally healthy)

Thinking through depression and mental health with Charles Spurgeon

What can a cigar loving, Victorian Era baptist preacher teach us about depression and mental health? Turns out, actually a lot. I have been wanting to write a blog post about mental health for a while. My mental state has been something that has caused me great trouble in my spiritual life and other areas… Read More Thinking through depression and mental health with Charles Spurgeon

A Biblical Approach to Suffering – My Life, Psalm 22, Theodicy, Hope, and stuff

(This is a draft I wrote to prepare for a talk that I gave on this topic.) Last year about now I was probably lying in bed pretty depressed with some Switchfoot music playing on my iPod. Jon Foreman has pretty much become my personal therapist.  In December of 2013 I was prescribed a medication that lead… Read More A Biblical Approach to Suffering – My Life, Psalm 22, Theodicy, Hope, and stuff