One of the great things about living in Austin is the common passion to care for our city. Faith communities, non-profits, and numerous other organizations work day in and day out with a heart to see the restoration of Austin. Much of what we do and take part of involves the physical realm; we address issues of poverty, slavery, injustice, abuse, hunger, and much more. Yet we often neglect the deeper issues that are behind the more obvious ones; Read More
Anxiety, worry, stress — just reading these words can create…anxiety and stress! In this seminar we will explore how the gospel addresses these issues as well as the common causes and roots. Read More
Depression is more common than most of us realize. It seems like almost weekly we hear of another person who has ended their battle with depression through suicide. Our neighborhoods, workplaces, and our churches are filled with more people than we realize struggling – often in silence. It can be subtle and it can be debilitating. No one should struggle alone and without hope. Sadly there is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of stigma when it comes to depression. Here are 10 resources to help towards getting the help you need and how to walk with others struggling.
Each year our entire counseling staff attends the CCEF National Conference together. This year we are excited to head to San Diego, CA to learn about grief and loss from a biblical perspective. Speakers include David Powlison, Ed Welch, Elyse Fitzpatrick, and Heath Lambert.
This is a highlight of our year and if you can make we highly encourage you to find a way to go. Find out more info here.
“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (The Weight of Glory, CS Lewis)
Many people walk through life crippled by criticism. It can sting hard and have a lasting affect, whether for a few hours, the day, or even years. In this poignant article, Alfred Poirier provides biblical wisdom on dealing with criticism by looking at it in light of the cross. I have personally benefited from reading and re-reading this article over the years and have recommended it more than any other to those I have counseled. Read More
Kristi Hanusch sits on her kitchen floor. Lately, she’s been suffering from intense migraines, the latest physical manifestation of a half-decade of strife and sickness. In her hand is relief: a tiny, white, round piece of relief. She takes the pill and closes her eyes. Ten minutes later, she takes another one.