Coming Soon!

I am excited to share the cover of a new devotional, Hope for New Beginnings: 31 Devotionals for the Adventure. It has been an an honor co-writing this devotional with my dear brother in Christ, Dr. Howard Eyrich.

Don’t you love the photograph: Sunrise in Miango, Nigeria, West Africa, taken by my missionary friend D’Anna Shotts?

We will be announcing the publication date and other “fun” things soon.

 

Will God discipline us today in the manner he did Israel?

I am delighted to have Dr. Howard Eyrich, my dear brother in Christ, friend, counselor, and mentor as my guest blogger. It has been my honor to minister alongside him in various capacities for several years

Read Ezekiel 17.

How do we apply this passage?

Why do we in the New Testament church think that God will not discipline us in the manner he did Israel—pestilence, storms, disease, and wicked people?

God loved Israel. God took Israel to wife. He chose her. He purposed her. He sent prophet after prophet to teach and to confront her. He called her to repentance that he might bless her. When she would repent, He would forgive and restore her. When under attack He defended her unless He was using the attacker to chastise her and even then, limited the impact.

So, Jesus loved us. He chose us in eternity past. He calls us in due time. He translates us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. He sends us preacher after preacher to teach us and to call us to repentance. He teaches us that as a Father He will discipline us.

Yet we preach, we insist on preaching in today’s evangelical church, a God Whose love does not harm us. We preach a God of grace that tolerates us to the point of never being mad at us. We shudder when someone suggests that natural disasters may be the hand of God to awaken us. We, by implication, insist that being not under law but under grace we can give ourselves license to live as we please and not incur the wrath of God?

Why do we do this? Is not Yahweh the Father of Jesus—the only begotten Son Who is one with the Father? Do we not see in Jesus the personalized relationship dimensions of the Father as He relates to individuals while walking the face of the earth?

Is not the life of King David a prime example of a God/man relationship? God called him “A man after my own heart” (I Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:2). God choose him. God purposed him. God sent prophets to him. Yet we see David living a life of sin, discipline (God was angry with him), repentance, and restoration, experienced with the consequence of his sin.

Is it not possible that we have perverted grace in the name of grace? Is it not possible that we have diminished biblical anthropology by a misapprehension New Testament theology and fallen prey to the mal-formed liberal theology of the 20th Century that saw Yahweh as the bully-God of the Old Testament, and Jesus as the love-God of the New Testament.

It seems to me that Ezekiel 17 calls us to reconsider our 21st Century theology of grace. Should we not see grace as the shield that holds back the full throat of the wrath of God rather than a wholesale prevention of the wrath of God? Should we not see grace as the love of the Father that disciplines us to bring us, when He is angry with us for our insistent sin, to repentance and restoration of fellowship with Him? Does he not desire to be a Faithful Just Father Who will forgive our sins upon confession of our sin (I John 1:9)?

MY GUEST BLOGGER:

Dr. Howard Eyrich, after a long ministerial journey of more than 60 years, retired as the Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Over his career, he served several successful youth ministries, as Dean of Men in a Bible College, as a church planter, a senior pastor, a seminary president, and a Biblical Counseling professor at the graduate and lay levels for more than 40 years.

He has served on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Birmingham Theological Seminary, Trinity Seminary, and the Biblical Counseling Coalition, to name the major efforts.

His publishing efforts include: two books as solo author, three books with a co-author, and numerous chapters in significant volumes in the biblical counseling field, as well as articles for the Journal of Biblical Counseling and several other magazines.

Dr. Eyrich and his wife Pamela have two grown children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Retirement for Dr. Eyrich is a time for ministry. He writes, teaches, preaches, and travels for the Kingdom. He also enjoys the hobbies of model railroading, hunting, and shooting.

Putting Away the Old

In a few hours we will say goodbye to 2016. I am sure there are many who are struggling as they try to deal with the things that have happened to them and their loved ones during the past year.

You will not want to miss today’s discussion of “Putting Away the Old” with our dear brother in Christ, Dr. Howard Eyrich, as we look at what Scripture has to say about dealing with the past, and the Hope we as Christ-followers have for the future!

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

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A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety with Dr. Howard Eyrich

eyrich_picToday is the final episode in our discussions of “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.” My dear brother in Christ, friend, and mentor, Dr. Howard Eyrich, joins us in-studio again on Think on These Things.

As we continue our journey through the book, Paul the Counselor: Counseling and Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle, edited by Dr. Mark Shaw and Dr. Bill Hines. Today is the final episode in a series using Chapter 12: “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety” written by Dr. Howard and Mrs. Pam Eyrich as the springboard for our discussions.

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

NOTE: Dr. Eyrich will be with us in-studio again on New Year’s Eve (December 31) to discuss “Putting Away the Old.” You won’t want to miss that discussion.

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Live-stream at: gleniris.net

Listen locally on WGIB 91.9 FM or:
92.3 FM – Springville
101.5 FM – Columbiana
106.1 FM – Moody / Odenville
106.1 FM – Jasper
107.9 FM – Tuscaloosa

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A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety with Dr. Howard Eyrich

eyrich_picToday, my dear brother in Christ, friend, and mentor, Dr. Howard Eyrich, joins us again on Think on These Things for a discussion of “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.”

As we continue our journey through the book, Paul the Counselor: Counseling and Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle, edited by Dr. Mark Shaw and Dr. Bill Hines. Today is the second episode in a series using Chapter 12: “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety” written by Dr. Howard and Mrs. Pam Eyrich as the springboard for our discussions.

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

NOTE: Dr. Eyrich will be with us in-studio on November 12 as we continue the current series on “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.” Then, on New Year’s Eve (December 31) Dr. Eyrich will join us in-studio again to discuss “Putting Away the Old.” You won’t want to miss any of these discussions.

ToTT logoLive-stream, listen, or watch at 2:00 PM Central.

Live-stream at: gleniris.net

Listen locally on WGIB 91.9 FM or:
92.3 FM – Springville
101.5 FM – Columbiana
106.1 FM – Moody / Odenville
106.1 FM – Jasper
107.9 FM – Tuscaloosa

Watch on WAY-TV Channel 40

“If I’m going to use Scripture to address anxiety in my life, I need to know Scripture; and, I need to know the God behind the Scripture.” —Dr. Howard Eyrich

eyrich_picWe are so honored to have my dear brother in Christ, friend, and mentor, Dr. Howard Eyrich, as a guest today on Think on These Things.

We continue our journey through the book, Paul the Counselor: Counseling and Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle, edited by Dr. Mark Shaw and Dr. Bill Hines. Today we begin a three-episode series using Chapter 12: “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety” written by Dr. Howard and Mrs. Pam Eyrich as the springboard for our discussions.

You will not want to miss this discussion the biblical way to deal with anxiety. And, you will want to take notes as Dr. Eyrich explanations through example, what it means to meditate upon the Word of God.

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

NOTE: Dr. Eyrich will be with us in-studio on November 5 and November 12 as we continue the current series on “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.” Then, on New Year’s Eve (December 31) Dr. Eyrich will join us in-studio again to discuss “Putting Away the Old.” You won’t want to miss any of these discussions.

ToTT logoLive-stream, listen, or watch at 2:00 PM Central.

Live-stream at: gleniris.net

Listen locally on WGIB 91.9 FM or:
92.3 FM – Springville
101.5 FM – Columbiana
106.1 FM – Moody / Odenville
106.1 FM – Jasper
107.9 FM – Tuscaloosa

Watch on WAY-TV Channel 40

Dr. Howard Eyrich – Special In-Studio Guest

eyrich_picMARK YOUR CALENDARS!

You will not want to miss the next three Saturday’s (October 29, November 5 and November 12) episodes of “Think on These Things” programs with Dr. Howard Eyrich as our special in-studio guest.

Live-stream, listen, or watch at 2:00 PM Central.

Live-stream at: gleniris.net

Listen locally on WGIB 91.9 FM or:
92.3 FM – Springville
101.5 FM – Columbiana
106.1 FM – Moody / Odenville
106.1 FM – Jasper
107.9 FM – Tuscaloosa

Watch on WAY-TV Channel 40

 

 

 

What the Bible Says About Adversity (Part 3)

ToTT logoJoin us today we conclude our 3-episode discussion on What the Bible Says about Adversity.

Live-stream, listen, or watch at 2:00 PM Central.

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Listen locally on WGIB 91.9 FM or:
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101.5 FM – Columbiana
106.1 FM – Moody / Odenville
106.1 FM – Jasper
107.9 FM – Tuscaloosa

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Birmingham AL Counseling & Discipleship Training

Finding Biblical Answers for Yourself and Others

Two training weekends: July 28-30 and August 4-6, 2016 at Briarwood PCA.

REGISTER EARLY FOR DISCOUNTS.

This will be a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge of God’s Word and learn how to use it in personal problem solving. You will receive practical teaching in how to use God’s Word to help others in intensive discipleship (biblical counseling). And, it is an outstanding way to sharpen your thinking and ministry skills.

For more information and to register online, go to: Birmingham Biblical Counseling Training

Pastors attend FREE when 6 members register together.