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About the Episode
In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, host Christine Chappell interviews Ed Welch about his book, A Small Book about Why We Hide: How Jesus Rescues Us from Insecurity, Regret, Failure, and Shame. Some of the questions addressed in this interview are:
• How is “shame” defined by the Scriptures? How is shame different than guilt?
• What is it about Christ’s heart that makes him a safe refuge for those who live with shame and regret?
• Why doesn’t it work when we try to talk ourselves out of insecurities or demeaning thoughts?
• What are some “ground rules” for addressing regret?
• What role does humility play in addressing shame and regret?
• Why is it important for us to live with “the end in view,” particularly when it comes to these issues?
About the Guest
Ed Welch, MDiv, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He earned a PhD in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a master’s of divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for nearly forty years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His biblical counseling books include Shame Interrupted, When People Are Big and God Is Small, Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest, A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace, A Small Book for the Anxious Heart: Meditations on Fear, Worry, and Trust, and A Small Book about Why We Hide: How Jesus Rescues Us from Insecurity, Regret, Failure, and Shame.
As humans, we are prone to insecurities, fear of failure, and regrets which we try to hide and cover up, resulting in isolation from both those around us and God. Through fifty devotionals, counselor Edward T. Welch shows us how God speaks with gentleness, depth, and hope that will lead us out of hiding and to live more openly, authentic, and regret-free.
Welch speaks to our struggles with shame, disappointments, and inadequacy with God’s words of love and change. Welch shows us how we were created to be known by God and others, and how hiding undermines these relationships. Each daily devotional focuses on a specific biblical truth that unpacks the reasons underlying our feelings of failure and weakness and then points us in the direction of turning to God for acceptance, identity, and security.
Sometimes we hide because of our own failures and weakness, and sometimes we hide because of what others have done and said to us, but in either case, we can be free from shame because of the work of Christ on the cross. Jesus took our shame on himself, so we can trust that now we are valued children of God.
Through a closer examination of Scripture, we can be assured God will meet us in the insecurities of daily life. We can find true security in his love and live freely and honestly with others.
About the Podcast
The Hope + Help Podcast offers interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics regarding life’s challenging problems. Hosted by IBCD Outreach Director Christine M. Chappell. Listeners can subscribe on major streaming platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, & iHeart.