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. McConnell sums up his views in this reaction to Allchin and me.  Next week, Dr. Allchin will provide a similar reaction to McConnell and me…. Read more

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 second grade son attended the first session together. The father was at work. A meeting with them revealed that the youngster was afraid to remain… Read more

What’s Going on at Gateway Church?

There are some interesting things happening around Gateway Church, the fourth largest church in America. Some sources inside and outside the church think more changes are coming for the Southlake, TX megachurch. First, a brief review. Season of Pruning I was first to report that Gateway Church planned to lay off as many as one-third of their staff and that the church was deep in debt. Gateway called this a “pruning” in preparation for growth. Apparently, the church is still… Read more

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 director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and promotes biblical counseling which is to say counseling that relies on solely on the Bible for… Read more

President Trump’s Guess on Terror Suspect Angers Allies

Now and then, I learn things via trusted sources about the Trump administration that shock me. Here is one of those stories. Friday, an explosion went off at London’s Parson Greens commuter railway in a terrorist attack. Twenty-nine people were injured but thankfully no one was killed. After the attack, Donald Trump tweeted the following message: Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive! —… Read more

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. Lambert is the executive director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and promotes biblical counseling which is to say counseling that relies on solely… Read more

Happy Constitution Day! The Sun Rose on September 17, 1787

Today in 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional convention made one last minute change and then most signed the document. Nathaniel Gorham from Massachusetts wanted to change the number of representatives by changing the ratio of one representative for every 30,000 instead of 40,000. Mr. GORHAM said, if it was not too late, he could wish, for the purpose of lessening objections to the Constitution, that the clause, declaring that “the number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every forty… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Delegates Finished Their Work

September 15, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes) Summary The delegates took up numerous final details from the Committee of Style. At the end of the day, the Constitution was complete (well almost). Influences on the Delegates There were no references to England, Rome, Greek, or any other influence today. Edmund Randolph, who had started the convention with his proposals, ended it with his objections to the finished product. Others joined but the state delegations in the end voted to engross… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Article 1 Revisited

September 14, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes) Summary The delegates continued consideration of the report of the Committee of Style. Again, they debated sections of Article 1. Notably, the delegates nixed the idea of a national secular university and rejected a motion to protect the freedom of the press. Influences on the Delegates One incident stands out from the session of the 14th: Mr. MADISON and Mr. PINCKNEY then moved to insert, in the list of powers vested in Congress, a power “to… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – American Manufactures

September 13, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes) Summary The delegates continued consideration of the report of the Committee of Style. In particular, they debated elements of Article 1, sections 2 and 7. George Mason wanted to encourage American made goods and frugality. Influences on the Delegates On today’s date, delegates considered the end game. Doctor JOHNSON made a further report from the Committee of Style, &c., of the following resolutions, to be substituted for Articles 22 and 23: “Resolved, that the… Read more

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