Hope + Help Podcast

Hosted by Christine Chappell

Hope + Help LIVE: Men’s Panel Discussion on Friendship


About the Episode

In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, host Christine Chappell interviews biblical counselors Jonathan Holmes, Curtis Solomon, and Scott Mehl about how men can forge meaningful, Christ-centered relationships with one another, as well as with women inside and outside the context of marriage. This discussion panel recording was taken from a live Facebook video broadcast which originally aired on June 27, 2020 in leu of IBCD’s postponed Summer Institute, Friendship: A Lost Theology for One-Another Care.


About the Guests

Jonathan Holmes is the Founder and Executive Director of Fieldstone Counseling. He also serves as the Pastor of Counseling for Parkside Church Bainbridge and Green. Jonathan graduated from The Master’s University with degrees in Biblical Counseling and History and his MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of The Company We Keep and Counsel for Couples and the forthcoming Rescue Plan (P&R Publishing, 2021). Jonathan has written for a number of sites and organizations including Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Biblical Counseling Coalition, ERLC, and the Journal for Biblical Counseling. Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors for CCEF (Christian Counseling Educational Foundation) and the Council Board for the BCC (Biblical Counseling Coalition). He is frequent speaker at conferences and retreats. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four daughters, Ava, Riley, Ruby, and Emma. Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and cooking.

Dr. Curtis Solomon is the Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. His passion for biblical counseling was sparked in 1999 when he took his first biblical counseling course at The Master’s College (now University) where he went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. Curtis has developed and applied his passion for biblical counseling in church, parachurch, and academic contexts. He holds several advanced degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary including Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy. Curtis is an Air Force veteran and former employee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His military background inspired his doctoral research on Post Traumatic Stress. Curtis is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and serves as Adjunct Professor at Boyce College, visiting professor at various institutions, guest lecturer, trainer, and conference speaker. He and his wife, Jenny, were married in 2003 and have two delightful sons.

Scott Mehl (D.Min., Southern Seminary) pastors Cornerstone Church of West LA (since 2005). His ministry focuses include preaching, teaching, counseling, and church-wide vision. He is the author of Loving Messy People: The Messy Art of Helping One Another Become Like Jesus is a regular writer and speaker on topics related to practical theology. He is also a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and an adjunct faculty member at Eternity Bible College. Scott lives in Culver City, CA, with his wife and four children.


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. Listeners can expect to receive biblical wisdom as well as practical steps for facing suffering, struggling, and sin with courage and grace. Hosted by author/writer Christine M. Chappell.


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