We recently purchased some new books for our church library – located in Colin’s room, next to the church office. These can be borrowed and returned by all church members, using the sign out folder. This recent batch of titles are beefing up our pastoral section. Alongside the books, there are a number of short and helpful booklets. They cover the topics of overeating, resentment, bad memories, infertility, singleness and helping a hurting friend.
Christopher Ash and Steve Midgley bring to bear what the whole Bible has to say about sinful anger–revealing that anger is the sinful response when something we value more than God is taken away or threatened. They reflect on biblical portraits of human anger, God’s righteous anger, and how only the gospel of Jesus Christ brings true freedom–transforming a heart of anger into a heart filled with the love of God.
Weaving together his personal story, pastoral ministry experience, and biblical insights, Paul David Tripp helps us trust God in the midst of suffering. He identifies traps to avoid in our suffering and points us instead to comforts to embrace. This raw yet hope-filled book will help you cling to God’s promises when trials come and move forward with the hope of the gospel.
Can you be gay and Christian? Does the Bible really require celibacy outside of heterosexual marriage? Isn’t it unrealistic and unfair, imposing loneliness and the loss of basic human satisfactions like sex and marriage? Is what the church teaches about homosexuality a plausible way of life?
Exploring how God designed emotions for our good, this book shows us how to properly engage with our emotions—even the more difficult ones like fear, anger, shame, guilt, and sorrow—so we can better understand what they reveal about our hearts and handle them wisely in everyday moments.
We all know people in our world are struggling–eating disorders, addictions, depression, sexual issues, marital problems–the list goes on and on. Can the church help or is that an outdated concept that no longer fits modern problems? In The Church as a Culture of Care, biblical counselor Dale Johnson explains that the church is still the primary place where those who struggle can receive lasting hope and healing.
“Destroys the myth that addiction is a disease and sin is a sickness. Welch shows that the hopeless cycle of sickness, recovery, and relapse must be replaced with the biblical view of sin, salvation, and sanctification. As a pastor, biblical counsellor, and redeemed (not recovering) ex-heroin addict, I believe Welch has given every pastor, parishioner, and anyone caught in the bondage of idolatry/addiction a biblical road map to lasting freedom.” –Peter Garich, Dayspring Center for Biblical Counseling
In Consider Your Counsel, Bob Kellemen comes alongside counsellors and shares where he and others have missed the mark. Drawing on more than three decades of counselling supervision experience, he unpacks ten of the most common missteps that he has noticed in his own counselling, as well as those he has mentored.