Counseling Under the Cross
by Bob Kellemen
New Growth Press
Martin Luther not only reformed theology, but his understanding of the gospel revolutionized soul care. In Counseling Under the Cross, biblical counselor and noted author Bob Kellemen explains how Martin Luther's gospel-centered and cross-focused pastoral care transformed his own approach to soul care. As Kellemen mines Luther's own writings and other first hand accounts, readers will gain a new understanding of how Luther richly, relevantly, robustly, and relationally applied the gospel to suffering, sin, sanctification, and our search for peace with God.
Counseling Under the Cross will guide pastors, counselors, lay leaders, and friends toward a rich understanding of the gospel that will directly impact their personal ministry to others. Through lively vignettes, real-life stories, and direct quotes from Luther, readers will be equipped to apply the gospel to themselves and others so together they find their hope and help in Christ alone.
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COUNSELING UNDER THE CROSS:
HOW MARTIN LUTER APPLIED THE GOSPEL TO DAILY LIFE
ISBN 978-1-945270-22-2 (eBook)
Christian Living / Spiritual Growth
My Thoughts: (Reviewed by Steve): I have a confession to make. I’m not German. I’m not Lutheran. I’m not even Reformed in my theology.
I’m a Baptist pastor, have been since 1991. I’m fundamental in my theological perspective . . . but not mad about it.
And I absolutely love this book! Bob Kellemen has taken the time and energy, the blood, sweat and tears necessary, to make Martin Luther not only readable, but enjoyable. And liveable. Not an easy task in the contemporary historical / cultural context.
Exploring rich theological terms which Martin Luther himself found crucial for his salvation and, later, for his ministry, author Bob Kellemen writes as only one who comprehends the subject matter is able. He has taken difficult theological concepts and “dumbed it down” for the rest of us, without sacrificing any of the significance.
Drawing on letters, conversations, sermons and anecdotes in Martin Luther’s life, COUNSELING UNDER THE CROSS shares the heart and soul of this Father of the Reformation as he ministers the gospel in a cross-shaped approach to pastoral care—sustaining, healing, reconciling, and guiding. These four counseling concepts serve as compass points as one discovers how Martin Luther took this historic approach and infused it with the gospel—demonstrating the rich relevance of the gospel for daily life.
5 stars for a foundational primer for Biblical counseling