Petition Reignites Biblical Counseling Controversy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

In September, I wrote about a controversy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary involving the Christian psychology of Eric Johnson and the Biblical counseling of Heath Lambert. According to Johnson, his version of Christian psychology is no longer compatible with how SBTS wants counseling taught at the school. Thus, he had to step down from his … Continue reading “Petition Reignites Biblical Counseling Controversy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary”

Biblical Counseling v. Christian Psychology: Tim Allchin Reacts to McConnell and Throckmorton

In this final article in the Biblical Counseling v. Christian psychology series, Biblical counselor Tim Allchin provides his reactions to A.J. McConnell and me. I will have some additional remarks at the conclusion of this post. Allchin: Thank you for letting me take part in this series.  I enjoyed the interaction and perspectives and the … Continue reading “Biblical Counseling v. Christian Psychology: Tim Allchin Reacts to McConnell and Throckmorton”

Biblical Counseling and Sufficiency of the Bible

I am in the process of evaluating the 95 Theses published by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. The first post is here.  Today, I evaluate theses six through eleven. These statements seem to be key components of biblical counseling. 6. When people experience difficulties as they live in a fallen world, they require wisdom … Continue reading “Biblical Counseling and Sufficiency of the Bible”

Christian Psychology v. Biblical Counseling: A. J. McConnell Reacts to Allchin and Throckmorton

I am in the middle of a series comparing and contrasting Christian psychology and Biblical counseling. Using a case of school refusal as a prompt, I have featured the conceptualizations of Biblical counselor Tim Allchin, and Christian psychologist A.J. McConnell as points of comparison to my description of how the case turned out. Today, A.J. … Continue reading “Christian Psychology v. Biblical Counseling: A. J. McConnell Reacts to Allchin and Throckmorton”

Christian Psychology v. Biblical Counseling: A Christian Psychologist Responds to a Case of School Refusal

Last week I posted the case of a young child with school refusal. I treated the child without relapse and wondered how a biblical counselor would conceptualize the case. I was especially interested in how Health Lambert would respond, because Lambert recently wrote a document titled Ninety-Five Theses for an Authentically Christian Commitment to Counseling. Lambert is the executive … Continue reading “Christian Psychology v. Biblical Counseling: A Christian Psychologist Responds to a Case of School Refusal”

Biblical Counseling v. Christian Psychology: A Biblical Counselor Responds to a Case of School Refusal

Last week I posted the case of a young child with school refusal. I treated the child without relapse and wondered how a biblical counselor would conceptualize the case. I was especially interested in how Health Lambert would respond, because Lambert recently wrote a document titled Ninety-Five Theses for an Authentically Christian Commitment to Counseling. … Continue reading “Biblical Counseling v. Christian Psychology: A Biblical Counselor Responds to a Case of School Refusal”

Biblical Counseling v. Christian Psychology at SBTS (UPDATED with Apology from Heath Lambert)

UPDATE: Heath Lambert issued a statement in response to the controversy over Eric Johnson, SBTS, and the conflict between biblical counseling and Christian psychology. In sum, Lambert denies any pressure on SBTS to get Johnson fired. He does acknowledge that he spoke unkindly about Johnson in the video which is embedded in the original post … Continue reading “Biblical Counseling v. Christian Psychology at SBTS (UPDATED with Apology from Heath Lambert)”

Christian Counseling and the Life of Jesus

This is the fourth in a series of posts which examines the 95 Theses for an Authentically Christian Commitment to Counseling published by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and authored by Dr. Heath Lambert. I offer this critique from my perspective as a psychology professor and mental health counselor. For prior posts in the series on … Continue reading “Christian Counseling and the Life of Jesus”

Series: Evaluation of 95 Theses for an Authentically Christian Commitment to Counseling

This week Tim Allchin, biblical counselor from Chicago, will help me complete the series I started on Biblical counseling v. Christian psychology (read the prior posts here).  This series was triggered by the news that Christian psychologist Eric Johnson was fired/taking early retirement from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. With Johnson’s departure, the seminary is committed … Continue reading “Series: Evaluation of 95 Theses for an Authentically Christian Commitment to Counseling”

Why We Need Science in Counseling: Another Look at a Case of School Refusal

Last week, I started a series comparing and contrasting biblical counseling and Christian psychology. I presented a case of school refusal and asked a biblical counselor and a Christian psychologist to comment. Today, I discuss how the case turned out and offer a few observations. From the initial post, here is the case: A mother and her … Continue reading “Why We Need Science in Counseling: Another Look at a Case of School Refusal”