Discernment for those Considering Leaving a Church

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Should we stay or should we go? Many in Chicago-area churches have been wrestling with discerning God’s will for their church. Disillusioned by seemingly high profile stories where character flaws have divided churches, some have concluded that they ought to start looking for a new church home. This is not an easy process, it requires a careful and deliberate effort … Read More

When Your Church Disappoints You

Tim AllchinFor Those Giving Help, For Those Seeking Hope3 Comments

Far too often lately, our counselors at BCC have found ourselves in counseling with those who are questioning the church. Some now consider their church or pastor a “fraud” after seeing him written up in the news or an internet blog. Others in smaller church contexts might have gotten the latest juicy gossip and it sound like their pastor has … Read More

Handling Conflict Well in a Friendship

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FRIENDSHIP: Sometimes a friendship goes along just fine but then. . .WHAM. . .a conflict hits. So what then? WHEN A FRIENDSHIP TURNS SOUTH, what’s the best way to respond? Two thoughts may come to mind immediately. 1. Drop your friend. 2. Stick it out and repair the friendship. Which one seems best? What choice have you made in the … Read More

Balancing Work and Rest

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Balancing work and rest is a tough task. But placing a premium on striking a balance matters in honoring God. Dr. Donna Hart, PhD, shares valuable insights as well as an invitation to a women’s retreat.  A couple of weeks ago I was at a leadership retreat where we were to arrive on a Monday evening and meet with our small groups … Read More

When the Woman Abused Was You

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Childhood sex abuse ranks among the most awful experiences a woman can have. But God heals. In this article by acclaimed author Dawn Scott Damon, you’ll discover potholes on the road to recovery. Her latest book When the Woman Abused Was You. Some women live for decades unaware of their abusive past. Others who were abused as children live in the shadows of shame, … Read More