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How Jesus Grieved

Jesus responded to grief with perfect faith in God. Because he did, we now have a perfect example to seek our Father in prayer when we encounter grief that overwhelms us. As biblical counselors, we must use the example of Jesus’ faith and rely on the Holy Spirit that dwells...

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When Jesus Wept

When Jesus weeps over death in the Bible, he physically and emotionally responds to the pain and suffering around him. He doesn’t hide his emotions. He explicitly takes time to be deeply moved not only externally but also at a heart level. It is not an act. It is not...

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Remembering Dr. Tom Zempel

Dr. Tom Zempel 9/24/1944 – 4/24/2016 Today is a hard day.  Yesterday the news came to ACBC that one of our members, Dr. Tom Zempel, died while jogging with his wife.  Tom was the husband of his dear wife Jane, and the father of Benjamin, Jonathan (wife Renee), and Amy (husband Neil). ...

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Biblical Counseling, The Sufficiency of Scripture, and the Use of Extra-Biblical Information (Part II)

The Sufficiency of Scripture Biblical counselors believe in the sufficiency of Scripture for counseling ministry. They reject that the corpus of secular psychology contributes anything essential to the discipline of conversational care.  This rejection does not entail a denial that secular psychology ever says anything true or helpful. It is an...

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Biblical Counseling, The Sufficiency of Scripture, and the Use of Extra-Biblical Information (Part I)

Introduction: A New Book, An Old Controversy Last week Zondervan released my new book, A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry. The overall point of the book is to demonstrate that the kind of discussions that our culture calls counseling, are conversations that are necessarily theological in nature....

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