One of the great joys of my life over the last 15 years or so is co-teaching a course entitled “The Integration of Psychology and Theology.” My fellow teacher, Dr. Allan McKechnie, is a gifted counselor — and I’ve learned a lot about myself over the years.
I’ve also gotten all the free counseling that I want! The downside is that it has come from a class of students who are only beginning to learn how to do what we call “soul-care.” I don’t hesitate to quote to them Job’s statement to his critical friends, “MISERABLE COUNSELORS ARE YOU ALL!”
Seriously, so many of our “issues” have a psychological dimension, don’t they? Years ago a church I was quite fond of criticized me for making a positive statement about Christian counseling. The critic, it turned out, was later sadly accused of a serious sexual sin (which might have been helped had he sought out biblical, godly counseling).
We are indeed “fearfully and wonderfully made” — and this includes our psychological make-up. [I’ve been encouraged by Larry Crabb’s book Connecting if you want to pursue this area further].