How to Be Light in the Darkness

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I had a great talk with a friend who leads a family-strengthening organization who was quite disappointed in recent developments in our home state of Illinois. Despite rallying churches and families to seek to pass moral laws, our state is seemingly unconcerned with what God thinks about many moral issues. That he was disappointed was not a surprise to me. What … Read More

Helping Churches Arrive at Healthier Place

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You’re invited to our 3rd Annual Biblical Counseling Conference in greater Chicago! It’s been a rough year for many churches in Chicago this year. Scandals involving abuse of power, financial mismanagement, sexual impropriety, and cover-ups have all hit the news.  Sadly, many are beginning to wonder if all churches are like this. “We have much work to do.” As a … Read More

How is the warmth of your relationships?

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Last week in Chicago we set records for cold weather, and the hero of my week was my new gas furnace. Despite having -50° wind-chill, our family stayed warm during the 48 hours straight that we stayed inside. One of life’s realities is that relationships, like a heater in the brutal cold, take work to stay warm. If we ignore … Read More

Four Realistic Goals for a Church’s First Year of Embracing Biblical Counseling

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I recently talked with several churches that had taken groups to week-long biblical counseling training conferences or purchased curriculum to develop a training process. Unfortunately, they are frustrated because they have little to show for their efforts. They received valuable teaching that they wanted to implement in their church, but they seem no closer to developing a biblical counseling strategy. … Read More

Pursuing Wisdom in an Age of Foolishness

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Pursuing wisdom in an age of foolishness! It feels like we are living in crazy times and we don’t know what to do about it. However, fallen creation has always lived in crazy times; it is the human condition. Without wisdom, we have always floundered as humans. Always, without exception! Since creation, wisdom continues to call out to us and we have … Read More

Choosing Love in a Chaotic World

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In a chaotic world, let’s choose love. Every morning, I clear out news alerts that accumulate on my phone overnight. The markets, tragedies, outrage, and cynicism compete for our emotional energies. However, if we are not careful, the noise that currently screams from all angles in our culture can consume us, and we lose track of the most important things … Read More

How Can You Experience Lasting Change?

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Can you experience lasting change … at last? Maybe the change that comes to mind is your own, or maybe you are wondering about someone you care deeply about. For lasting change to happen, Jesus consistently reminded us that our hearts need to change first. Solomon stated this principle powerfully in Proverbs 4:23 stating, “Above all else, guard your heart … Read More