COUN 507 201220
B03 January 29, 2012
Dr. Timothy Heck
January 29, 2012
The integrative Christian perspective of Lawrence Crabb in his book, Effective Biblical Counseling is enlightening on the simplest level. The overall presentation and concept creates much introspection of motives, which threaten ones biblical thinking and behavior patterns that create relationship and personal problems. There are many strengths and positive points to adopting this counseling style the most prevalent being the focus on restoring others to God through correcting the assumptions which have been tainted by living in a sinful world as sinful people, back to biblical thinking with an absolute truth. In contrast, the weakness as this writer would suggest is in the loss of the individualistic nature of man, and the one true God’s ability to allow each man to have his will and seek after Him in a very personal broken manner that can be the very thing that serves God’s people most. Evaluation of Strengths and Weaknesses
The strengths of effective biblical counseling as presenter by Dr. Crabb is very well presented and have very strong biblical validity. The counseling theory functions on the presumption of the absolute truth of God and the redemption through the blood of Christ. It holds to the purpose of pointing the counselee to maturity in God and a fullness of life in fellowship with Christ, not as a patented cliché answer but as authentic freedom in living as the new creation a believer is once they turn their life to God (NIV, 2 Corinthians 5:17). Crabb quotes this purpose as the ability “to solve this problem in a way that will make me more like the Lord. Then I will be able to worship God more fully and serve him more effectively” (pg. 22). In contrast the weakness also can be the single vision of absolute truth in a right or wrong approach is that the reconciliation...