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025 Zack & Jessica Eswine on ‘The Imperfect Pastor’

Earlier this year at the Ministry Weekend, Craig Marshall sat down with Zack & Jessica Eswine to talk about their life and Zack’s book, The Imperfect Pastor. As opposed to a quick fix, Zack maintains the importance of recognizing our limitations and learning to slow down in the midst of difficult seasons.

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024 Q & A on Demons

How should we think about a case where a person appears to have strange voices speaking through them? Is there merely something wrong physically or could a spiritual problem be at work? IBCD Executive Director Jim Newheiser joins Craig Marshall to answer a listener’s question about spiritual warfare.

023 Q & A Thinking Through Separation

Are there ever valid reasons for a couple to separate? What should counselors do if a couple is already separated and considering divorce? In this episode IBCD Executive Director Jim Newheiser joins Craig Marshall and Tom Maxham to answer a listener’s question about separation and divorce.

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022 Elyse Fitzpatrick on ‘Home’

What is your paradise? What are your conceptions of heaven? Do you long for a place that is not this world? In this episode Elyse Fitzpatrick talks with Craig Marshall about her newest book Home, in which she wrestles with these questions and addresses how a healthy desire to be with Christ can give us hope during our trials right now.

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021 Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick

In this episode, Craig Marshall sat down with dynamic writer and teacher Elyse Fitzpatrick. Spend some time learning more about Elyse’s unique history and passion for Biblical Counseling. She will also share her thoughts on ‘Screen Addiction,’ a topic she will be tackling at the upcoming Summer Institute 2017.

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003 Counseling Ongoing Problems {Transcript}

Craig Marshall:
Instead of just, “Wow, we tried counseling, focused on that specific problem, now that problem’s back again. What do we do?” It’s kind of zooming out and saying, “Let’s look at it from a different angle and make sure we really pour resources into their walk with Christ personally. “Yes. I can say, in concrete terms, I can think of a couple where different ones of us have tried to meet with them. You think you solved the problem in that the crisis ended. They’re smiling a week or two later but then it keeps coming back. It’s like, “You didn’t finish the antibiotics and so the bug is never killed and it keeps coming back.”

The most recent approach has been much more intensive discipleship. Not firefighting with marriage crisis or even marriage problems, but just growing in Christ as believers with the fundamentals of the faith. Some have been using a book by Jerry Bridges called The Discipline of Grace. It’s not a marriage book, it’s a living as a Christian book but I’ve seen far better results with this couple from having spent months in that book just to grow in Christ than I did with all the firefighting efforts that proceeded it.

Jim Newheiser:
Some of this might be – with ongoing problems – maybe what we have in our mind is that intensive Biblical counseling should solve the problem and if it doesn’t, we’ve done the counseling wrong, something’s wrong with the people. It seems like I get questions like that quite a bit of, “We’ve tried this, it’s not fixed. What do we do?” Has your perspective of that changed, as you’ve counseled over the years, in what it takes to really help people grow?

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017 Interview with Debbie Dewart {Transcript}

Debbie Dewart:
We can’t be clueless anymore, we need to be aware of what’s going on, and know how to vote intelligently, and biblically, so that would be one thing. Also, churches need to be aware of how to protect their own ministries, so that they don’t become broiled in litigation that they don’t need, and yet they still want to be an outreach to the community.

David Wojnicki:
Yeah. Is there any one particular area, one or two, that you say, “I find that most churches maybe might be ignorant of protecting themselves in this way.” If you had the opportunity to speak to church leaders you’d say, “Here’s one or two things that, if you’re not protected, or if you’re not aware of, you should have these things in place.”

Debbie Dewart:
Well they need to have well written governing documents, and written policies. For example, for the use of their facilities. A church might want to invite people from the community in for their wedding ceremonies and receptions. If you’re going to do that, there needs to be a religious fence around it, so that you’re not hosting a ceremony that conflicts with your religious doctrine. Counseling, I mean it’s wonderful to minister to the community, and I know Faith Baptist Church in Lafayette, Indiana, Steve Viars, they have a wonderful outreach, I mean it just blows me away to hear about it. The important thing there I think is distinguish between the people who represent your ministry, and the people who are potential beneficiaries of your ministry.

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035 Interview with Keith Palmer {Clip 3 | 1:02}

From the Video:

You don’t have to have a counseling center to be effective in your community. In fact, you know, I would argue from scripture that it’s you know, as you go you’re preaching the gospel so you know, the church is gathering together to be equipped, to be encouraged, and then we disperse, right? We go to our work places, we go to our schools, we go to our neighborhoods. That one-on-one ministry, where now we have some equipping to be able to address some of those life issues, you know I think as a pastor I’m thinking I want the average person at our church to be able to you know, talking to their neighbor next door that evening and a life issue comes up. You know, a teenager that’s addicted to something, or you know, they’re having marriage problems. I would hope that a believer at that point wouldn’t say, “Well hey, let’s go to our community counseling ministry,” although they could do that, but that they would engage them wisely and in a loving way from the scriptures to give them gospel hope in that moment.


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