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Scripture Informed and Gospel Centered
The Word of God says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training, in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It also says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called. us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3).
Therefore, the Men’s Discipleship Blog team believes that the Word of God is directly given to mankind by God and provides all that we need for life. We desires to see our readers engage in the powerful, healing Word of God by pursuing Him faithfully and applying His Word to present life circumstances. Whether it’s contemplating a new job, grieving the death of a loved one, or overcoming sin, the Word of God has everything needed to be equipped, and we hope to show you that truth.
We are not a licensed counseling agency, nor are we psychologically or medically trained therapists. We offer ‘pastoral’ counseling intended to bring life change through heart change.
Meet the Team!
Pastor Bruce Roeder
Biblical Counselor, RGI Training Program Instructor
Stephen Ganschow, Ph.D.
Biblical Counselor, RGI Training Program Instructor
Stephen Ganschow, Ph.D., has been with Reigning Grace since its inception. While he provides some long-distance counseling, his current role is strategic development, consultation, and teaching within Reigning Grace Institute as an instructor. Additionally, he serves as the Pastor of Counseling at Bethel Church in northwestern Indiana. He is a Level II-certified biblical counselor with the ACBC, is certified by the IABC, and has various specialty certifications in a wide array of counseling disciplines. Additionally, he is pursuing an Ed.D. in Community Care Counseling, with an emphasis on the pastoral counseling and the local church.
Jonathan Hayashi, Ph.D.
Dr. Jonathan Hayashi has a B.A. of Pastoral Ministry, M.A. of Congregational Leadership, and a D.Ed.Min. of Biblical Counseling. He presently serves as a pastor in north of the KC area and on the Executive Committee at Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) and additionally on the Board of Trustees at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan is a contributor for the bi-weekly journal, Pathway (Missouri Baptist Convention), and is the author of Ordinary Radicals: A Return to Christ-Centered Discipleship, as well as Making Lemonade: Turning Past Failures into Gospel Opportunities. He is a Level II-certified biblical counselor with the ACBC. He and his wife, Kennedi, have four children: Kaede, Seiji, Anna, and Ren.
Biblical Counselor, Training Program Instructor
Brent is a certified counselor with the IABC and the ACBC. Brent has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, and is working toward a degree in Christian Education at Midwestern Theological Seminary.
Thankfulness is about more than the holiday season—it’s a posture of our hearts, the filter our minds should consider life through, and the means by which we act.
Prayer is the most important thing you can do in your life. Satan trembles when he sees, the weakest saint upon his knees.
We are encouraged to “follow our hearts,” which means to “follow our feelings” as if emotions are the best way to make a decision. One of the most common ways a biblical marriage counselor hears this is when a spouse says something like, “I feel God wants me to be happy” or “I feel I should get a divorce. The Bible does not use the word heart as contemporary American culture does- and, I might add, the
I do a fair volume of relationship and family counseling; husbands and wives, parents and children, a married couple and one set of their in-laws—you name it, I’ve probably engaged in some variation of it. These are often quite painful. And, living in a world that is consistently telling us we are entitled to our own way, only further complicates these unpleasant dialogues. I have watched too many families self-destruct.
The loss of transparency in the church is a loss of vital power in the community. Transparency can be the first step in reviving the effectiveness of the church.
One of the more painful problems parents endure is when they think their teen or young adult decided for Jesus in their youth but now are deconstructing their faith.
Through acceptance, great change is possible. The first change comes in the form of theological
alignment. You are following the example of Jesus, by not resisting pain but accepting that God
is doing something uncomfortable in your life.
If we don’t have empathy we mentally, “check-out” and go about our own lives, yet there’s the reality of suffrage of real people dealing with real struggle in their heart wounds of abandonment that crushes their souls.
Communication is one of the most common presenting issues in marriage counseling. Do you suppose the couple does not know how to communicate, or is it that they communicate in ways that tear down rather than build up?
Pornography is a touchy subject in many churches and Christian marriages. Thus, it should not shock us that it will be touchy in this blog as well. While there are many directions I could take with this, I’d like to open by outlining a few “porn facts” to orient our minds toward the reality of its cultural prevalence.
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