“We must allow biblical theology to shape how we approach counseling, not the Christianization of secular approaches.”
A friend asked me today about Crabb’s book Connections. I referred him to David Powlison’s book Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community. They have a similar vision, but somewhat different approaches to that vision. I’ll focus on Powlison, since I just finished reading this book.
David Powlison does not see counseling as the guarded territory of “professionals”. He has a vison, from Ephesians 4, of counseling taking place in “mutually constructive” relationships. What this does is place counseling back into the relationships you already have, or should have, so it is more natural and a function of mutual discipleship.
This may sound strange to many people, but we are to have relationships in which we lovingly speak the truth into one another’s lives. The problem really is that we have bought into a false vision of the church. It is the place, not so much the counselor’s…
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