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Biblical Counseling

by J. T. Hall The preaching and teaching of the Scriptures is crucial to the health of the local church. When writing to the young pastor Timothy, Paul charged him to “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by doing so you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Tim. 4:16). However, truth merely communicated is not enough; it must be applied. Just as a newly awoken man is foolish to look at himself in a mirror and walk away without fixing the hair that is out of place, so it is […]

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A Letter of Comfort to a Widower: An Example of Pastoral Care from John Berridge (1716-1793)

One of the most difficult tasks given to pastors is the care of those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Pastors are expected simultaneously to provide comfort to the grieving and reminders of Christian truth, all with a spirit of compassion. In the course of my dissertation reading on eighteenth and nineteenth century evangelicalism,  I have read a number of letters written by evangelical ministers to people who had lost loved ones. Some of these letters come across to my modern ears as harsh and unsympathetic (perhaps they were not taken this way at that time), […]

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