was introduced to this book when I was taking a course on counseling.
It was a required reading.
I took a look at the book, turned the book around and saw the
following remarks by Howard Hendricks: “‘Warning: reading this
book may prove beneficial to your mental health, and to your ability
to relate in a deeper way to the meaningful people in your life.’”
his “Preface” Crabb gives us three guidelines as the subject is
being discussed in the book. The
1: Articulate our positions carefully and nondefensively.
2: Maintain a willing openness to changing positions we currently
cherish if we come to believe that change is warranted by new insights
3: Self-consciously labor to walk the tightrope of open conviction by
working to avoid falling into either (1) accommodationism (openness to
the point where unity is placed above truth), or (2) exclusivism
(conviction to the point where condemnation of another viewpoint
precedes understanding it)”
book has three main sections. The
first, “A Sufficient Bible,” is an essay in epistemology,
the study of what we can know and how we can know it.
Crabb shows why the maxim “All truth is God’s truth” can
be treacherous: in putting general and special revelation side by
side, we are tempted to sell the Bible short when it conflicts with
second section, “Understanding People,” takes a hard look
at how we tick, or fail to tick, in accordance with the Creator’s
third section, the smallest, “Growing Toward Maturity,”
closes the book with a word on love, the fruit of all Crabb
the Bible is our source book, what does it say?
It doesn’t address all our troubles directly; there is
nothing specific, for example, on bulimia or the cause of drunkenness.
Thus, the preacher who searched through the Bible books with
pure exegesis is going to leave gaps precisely where a lot of people
author’s answer is to move to the level of doctrinal categories, the
subjects you find in the table of contents for a biblical theology
text. He expresses his
approach in this formula:
Life’s Observations x
Reflection = Biblical Understanding”
know the doctrinal categories in that equation, but what about
“Life’s Observations”? Crabb
explains that is takes insight to realize, for example, that a man who
exposes himself is gratified when his “audience” is shocked or
horrified. As we reflect
on such findings within a scriptural framework, we achieve the
understanding we need to help him change.
armed, we are able to address such real-life issues as “How do I
cope with the awful fact that my father was too weak ever to love
me?” or “How do I stop worrying about money?”
author argues that people have a deep longing for acceptance and
impact. We are thirsty.
But in our natural state we are also fools, and in our
foolishness we determine to slake our thirst apart from God.
means people use to slake life’s thirst are mostly broken cisterns.
But as long as people keep moving from one to the other, they
may not notice that none of them holds water.
After all, they take a while to drain.
however, shyness, bluster, shopping, pornography, sociability, etc.,
wears thin, and in that moment, people may well discover their need.
Three agents of exposure stand ready to help: the Word of God,
the Spirit of God, and the people of God (p. 146).
The work of soul searching and conviction gets underway, and as
the poster says, “The truth shall make you free, but first it
will make you miserable.”
the hurting receives the truth, their illusion of independence gives
way to a healthy sense of helplessness.
And in Christ they find the love and significance for which
they have thirsted. They
then move from destructive to constructive emotions and find
themselves on the road to maturity.
the Christian counselor has some preliminary work to do beneath the
water line. He must probe
for pain and the presence of defiance strategies.
Once he exposes these, he is in a position to show a more
could have wished for a clearer line between the character of the lost
person and that of the regenerate.
Are there two corresponding ways to counsel, or is the approach
essentially the same for both? Crabb
touched on these matters, but I came away wanting more.
Crabb’s insights have helped me too. His strong focus on dependency
has refreshed my ministry. It
is easy for me to slip into thinking that once I master the basic
skills of the pastorate, I will be equipped to succeed.
But the pastor sees himself as a consummate professional rather
than a desperately needy servant, standing before a uniquely
sufficient God, has missed the essence of ministry.
The realization of our total dependence on God must dawn daily
on us all.
(Reviewed by Dr John Lim.
This book is available from BGST Library: LC 253.5
Aye, our 2nd year student, shared with us an account of Nagaland and her
BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF NAGALAND
BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF NAGALAND
Nagaland is one of the states
in Northeast India. It has 16 major tribes with different dialects
inhabiting the hilly region. The
word "Naga" comes from "Na" meaning "ear,"
and, "ga" means "hole."
Thus the word "Naga" means a people with holes in their
ears. The Nagas are nature lovers and were headhunters before the coming
American Baptist Missionaries introduced Christianity to the Nagas in
1872. Dr. & Mrs. Edward Winter Clark were the first missionaries to
the Nagas. The development and the growth of the Christianity brought
tremendous changes to the Nagas. It
is said that the Nagas were headhunters before the coming of
Christianity. Today, about 95% of the people are Christians.
The Baptist denomination is the biggest church denomination. The
churches in Nagaland are united together under the umbrella of Nagaland
Baptist Church Council (NBCC). There
are about 60 local Associations under NBCC. In spite of all the
financial difficulties, Nagas are committed to missionary work both
within and outside of Nagaland and is being
initiated by the Nagaland Missionary Movement (NMM). The NMM
supports some of the missionaries in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nepal,
India, Thailand etc.
SUMI BAPTIST CHURCH
Kohima is the capital of Nagaland, Dimapur is the main commercial place
in Nagaland. Our Church is located in the center of Dimapur, with some
900 houses. The number of
church members is about 2500 baptized members. DSBC has nine para-churches
with two pastors. At the
moment the church sponsors about 10 missionaries in the neighboring
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