Counseling And The Church

Fruit Sins and Root Sins

By Ab Abercrombie | August 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

Dr. Ab Abercrombie In his Bible study entitled, “Behold Your God”, Dr. John Snyder provides an excellent teaching on “fruit sins” and “root sins” which has special relevance to the practice of biblical counseling. Within the study, Snyder emphasizes the importance of true repentance that reaches to the heart of one’s deepest spiritual condition so … Read More

Christian Character or Controlled Conduct?

By Ab Abercrombie | July 31, 2015 | 4 Comments

Dr. Ab Abercrombie Many have a misunderstanding of what takes place in biblical counseling, seeing only part of the process while overlooking the larger objectives. Biblical care is often viewed as the administration of biblical imperatives only; directives to stop certain sinful expressions of behavior and replace them with godly conduct. And while behavioral change … Read More

When God’s Counsel Is Rejected…

By Ab Abercrombie | June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dr. Ab Abercrombie God’s Word is fully sufficient for the counseling task and it is superior to anything the world can offer a hurting individual. Scripture, along with the working of the Holy Spirit, is complete in its provision for all matters eternal and functional. Paul wrote: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable … Read More

Seeking Someone To Devour…

By Ab Abercrombie | March 27, 2015 | 2 Comments

Dr. Ab Abercrombie During a time of great distress and persecution, the apostle Peter wrote to the church: “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8). These words are well known to Christians but few understand the gravity … Read More

A Little (Psychological) Leaven…Leavens the Whole Lump of Dough

By Ab Abercrombie | June 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

Dr. Ab Abercrombie The Southern Baptist Convention seems compelled to adopt annual resolutions designed to shape and direct its nearly 16 million members toward informed opinions and appropriate conduct. Their latest offering is a Resolution on Mental Health Concerns and the Heart of God. On the surface the proclamation appears compassionate, but in full context it contradicts scriptural … Read More

The Danger Of Experiential Theology…

By Ab Abercrombie | May 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

Dr. Ab Abercrombie Theology is the study of God and God’s relation to the world. Consequently, all believers are theologians in pursuit of truth pertaining to our Creator and His revelation of Himself to His creations. Our theology (knowledge and belief about God) must come from Scripture as there is no other reliable source by … Read More

Asking The Right Questions…The Process of Biblical Counseling

By Ab Abercrombie | October 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Dr. Ab Abercrombie Biblical Counseling, obviously involves the reading and study of Scripture. But often getting the Bible open, within the context of an emotional discussion, can be a challenge. However, the importance of using God’s Word cannot be overstated. After all, it is the Word that is powerful, superior, and sufficient in its scope … Read More

“Say It Ain’t So…”

By Ab Abercrombie | October 20, 2013 | 5 Comments

Dr. Ab Abercrombie You may remember that oft-quoted plea that is a part of baseball lore, “Say it ain’t so, Joe!” In 1919, famous baseball player “Shoeless Joe” Jackson was accused, with several teammates, of betraying the fans of the game by “fixing” the World Series, after the highly favored Chicago White Sox lost the … Read More

Pornography: Addicted or Enslaved?

By Ab Abercrombie | September 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

 Dr. Ab Abercrombie The Question of Addiction There is a great movement underway to define pornography use as an addiction or dependency. Within this effort, there is even a call to define this particular issue a disease. As a Biblicist I would expect nothing less from humanistic, secular psychology, which has long been an advocate … Read More

“Do you wish to get well?”

By Ab Abercrombie | September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dr. Ab Abercrombie  As a biblical counselor, I sometimes encounter counselees who seem immobilized. They appear simply unable or unwilling to move forward, languishing in despair, relational struggle, and sin. Even when seeming to understand Scripture and claiming conviction, they remain unchanged. In one such occasion I was helping Ron, a professing believer, evaluate his … Read More