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Speak The Truth
Mike Van Dyke & Shauna Van Dyke
A podcast devoted to giving biblical truth for educating, equipping, and encouraging the local church in counseling and discipleship.
Nov 15, 2020
EP. 79 Unpacking Diagnoses: Unpacking Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Part 1
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy continue the discussion of unpacking diagnoses for OCD; does the Scriptures speak to the symptomatology that the DSM puts forth for obsessive compulsive disorder. In part 1 the hosts look at the DSM criteria for OCD. Join us next episode for part 2; formulating a biblical conceptualization of OCD. A. Presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both: Obsessions are defined by (1) and (2) Recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are experienced, at some time during the disturbance, as intrusive and unwanted, and that in most individuals cause marked anxiety or distress. The individual attempts to ignore or suppress such thoughts, urges, or images, or to neutralize them with some other thought or action (i.e., by performing a compulsion). Compulsions are defined by (1) and (2) A. Presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both: Obsessions are defined by (1) and (2) Recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are experienced, at some time during the disturbance, as intrusive and unwanted, and that in most individuals cause marked anxiety or distress. The individual attempts to ignore or suppress such thoughts, urges, or images, or to neutralize them with some other thought or action (i.e., by performing a compulsion).
Nov 8, 2020
EP. 78 A Year in Review: What Is The DSM of Mental Disorder With An Important Disclaimer
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy start the mini-series on unpacking diagnoses regarding psychiatric labels derived from the DSM-IV(V)-TR, like bipolar disorder, major depressive episode, ADHD, and others by providing an important disclaimer for entering into conversations with highly psychologized people. They discuss the nature and scope of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders with full disclosure on the DSM lens and a biblical lens. This was a podcast we did earlier this year to begin the conversation regarding the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorder with an important disclaimer. In order to re-engage the conversation of counseling people who have been highly psychologized, we wanted to review this episode to set up our episode next week regarding (OCD | Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Here are the notes from earlier this year on this episode. Stay tuned next week as we continue in our "unpacking diagnoses" mini-series: unpacking OCD.
Oct 11, 2020
EP. 77 Interview W/Pastor & Biblical Counselor Lee Lewis: Establishing Mutual Soul Care In The Local Church
In this episode, host, Mike Van Dyke sits down with Pastor and Biblical Counselor, Lee Lewis to discuss establishing mutual soul care in the local church - bringing soul care into the life and culture of the local church. They discuss the process of evaluating the culture in a church - it's care culture and discipleship culture. And asking questions that may reveal being a Sunday heavy church. Is it time to change the model of our churches? Is the current model producing disciples that are equipped to love as Christ called us to in order to show the world that we are His disciples? Episode Resources: www.soulcareconsulting.com Material: Level 1 - Transforming Mutual Care. Level 2 - Transforming Small Group Leadership
Oct 4, 2020
EP. 76 Counseling Anxiety: Trauma Induced Anxiety W/Beth Broom & Lee Lewis
In this episode, from the 2020 ABC National Conference, hosts, Mike & Shauna, discuss trauma-induced anxiety with experienced counselors, Beth Broom & Lee Lewis, identifying gospel gaps in the anxious heart. Episode Notes: *Trauma-Induced Anxiety *The effects of sin *Identifying gospel gaps in the anxious heart *Concern and trouble are sinful, it's when it goes beyond that to worry and anxiety *What we do with worry either leads to trust or anxiety. And depending on where that trust is, depends on when something turns into full blown anxiety. *Conditioned Anxiety - when one blows right past care and concern into anxiety. *Then anxious heart always puts God on trial and questions His character.
Sep 27, 2020
EP. 75 Interview W/Pastor & Author John Henderson: Counseling Through The Psalms From 2020 Called To Counsel Conference
In this episode from the 2020 National ABC Conference, hosts, Mike & Shauna are joined with special guest, John Henderson to discuss a new ABC resource, "Counseling Through The Psalms". John, who contributed to the ABC resource, discusses what the Psalms are; naturally modeling for us a "Godwardness" to our prayers, thinking, suffering, and pain. That what life is about the bible is about, and what the bible is about is what life most needs to be about. And practically, this resource shares what the Psalms are, how they can be used in a counseling session, and after the session as homework for counselees. Resources: www.christiancounseling.com/collections/books
Sep 20, 2020
EP. 74 Interview W/Author Elyse Fitzpatrick To Discuss A Couple of Her Books: Worthy & Home From ABC 2020 National Conference
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy are joined with Author, Elyse Fitzpatrick to discuss her Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings. And then they discuss her newest book, Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women. Episode Resources: Book - Worthy: Celebrating The Value of Women Book - Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings Elyse's Podcast - Worthy
Sep 13, 2020
EP. 73 ABC Certification Pathway: Cultivating A Biblical Counseling Paradigm In The Local Church
In this episode, hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss the new pathway for ABC Certification allowing local churches to cultivate a biblical counseling paradigm empowering pastoral staff to better shepherd and create a culture of soul care within the local church context. Episode Notes: - ABC's aim through the certification pathway to help equip the local church - a pastor in helping shepherd the local church - but also the professional to help better apply the bible in their practice. - Our pathway provides a foundational process in which to grow while allowing one to practically apply the truth as one learns; so our methodology creates the ability to cultivate a biblical counseling paradigm in the local church. - The certification parameter creates a culture of accountability and provides a pathway to becoming equipped in how to apply the gospel of Jesus Christ to everyday life. - Level 1 Certification Objectives - Develop a biblical philosophy of the Christian life that includes active involvement in a community of believers. - Develop a biblical philosophy of counseling that emphasizes the call of all believers to take part in the work of counseling and discipleship. - Understand the basic meaning of biblical counseling. - Acquire a basic understanding of the general and specific methods of biblical counseling. - Cover various counseling-related issues that include depression, anger, anxiety, addiction, and sexuality. - Level 2 Certification Objectives - Develop basic practical skills in the personal ministry of God’s word with people. These basic skills include careful listening, helping people open up, conveying compassion, grace, and mercy, and guiding constructive ministry conversations. - Develop more advanced skills in the personal ministry of God’s word with people. These more advanced skills include responding patiently to difficult ministry conversations, discerning counseling problems from within a biblical worldview, helping people understand and apply the gospel of Jesus Christ in daily life, and more. - Grow in Christian maturity as a minister of the gospel. That is, learn to be humble, repentant, and dependent upon the Holy Spirit in heart and life while ministering to others. - Broaden your general knowledge of Scripture as it relates to life and struggles while also broadening strategic and careful application of the Scripture to specific people and their situations. - Learn how to depend on the Holy Spirit during the process of change. - Develop a genuine love for others, and active, daily prayer life. - Level 3 Certification Objectives - Specializations: domestic abuse, addiction, etc. Episode Resources: - email@example.com for more information about ways to connect with training centers
Sep 6, 2020
EP. 72 EquipU Resource: Spiritual and Physical Implications of Exercise - A Tool to Help Hearts Towards Worship
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss the implications of both spiritual and physical exercise - how it can reveal and expose what an individual is worshiping. They discuss a biblical perspective towards exercise; all exercise is to glorify God, it reveals what a person values and treasures, and draws attention to deceitful desires and what they can produce. Lastly, they discuss the physical and emotional benefits of exercising. - Exercise - excerpt from the monthly (August) EquipU piece: - Exercise has wonderful potential to positively impact one’s mental state in various ways. It is also important to note that while not emphasized in Western culture, exercise at root, is a spiritual activity. It is a spiritual activity because one’s motives for doing anything, including exercise, are ultimately anchored in what an individual is worshipping. - 1 Cor. 10:31 - "Whatever you do" "do all" "to the glory of God" - Creating a purpose statement - placing God at the center of why you do a particular activity/exercise, etc. - Gal. 5:16-17 - competing desires - Matt. 6:21 - what does the person value - Eph. 4:22-24 - deceitful desires and what they can produce - The physical and emotional benefits of exercising - Endorphin release - improving sleep quality, mood, and cognitive function - Neurotropic release - learning ability - Adrenal functioning - improving mod, and ability to cope with stress - Habituation
Aug 30, 2020
EP. 71 The Divine Narrative of Redemption: ABC EquipU Resource - Helping Our Counselee's See Their Story In God's Story
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss how this ABC EquipU Resource can be used as homework in helping our counselee's see their story's hardships, sufferings, and subsequent trauma through the larger Redemptive Narrative of God. The application from the exercise with the counselee would be; Individual lives are like a sentence in a much bigger story. If people interpret reality based on their own subjective story, then they will miss the glorious story of God and His gracious, continual, and progressive work in the lives of His children. If people want to understand their suffering, their struggles, their sin, the process of change, the means to change, and the purpose for change, they must embed, and then interpret their individual stories within the context of God’s divine and redemptive narrative. Only then, does any of it have meaning, significance, and purpose. Previous EquipU Episodes: - Ep. 64 - Heart of the Matter Part2 "Put On" - Ep. 56 - Heart of the Matter Part1 "Put Off" Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or topics you'd like us to discuss.
Aug 23, 2020
EP. 70 A Year Later: Biblical Counseling & Church Planting W/Pastor Ronnie Mills
Episode Summary: Last year(EP. 27) we interviewed Ronnie Mills, Church planter of Kingdom Chapel in North Fort Worth to discuss church planting and biblical counseling; creating biblical counseling in the DNA of a new church plant.
Aug 16, 2020
EP. 69 A Year Later: Launching A Biblical Counseling Ministry In A Established Church W/Pastor Andy Swart
This episode was from last year(EP.29); hosts, Michael & Shauna, have a special guest Pastor, Andy Swart discussing; launching a biblical counseling ministry within his established church. Intentionally raising up lay leaders who love people and know God's Word to do the work of the ministry within their own body - cultivating Saints for Soul Care - the purpose of "one-anothering" in the local church. Episode Notes Moving from Planting (Metro Church) to an already established church (The Mount). Creating an environment that allows people to struggle, starting from the platform. Truth Renewed isn’t a replacement for the church regarding counseling, but an overflow of care. Truth Renewed is a training center to help equip church leaders to become biblical counselors and launch biblical counseling in the local church. Trident of ministry; robust theology, organization strategy, counsel and care. In the same way, we raise up leaders to make Sunday happen, we need to raise up care leaders…
Aug 2, 2020
EP. 68 Interview W/Pastor Trey Grant Part 2: His Perspective On #BlackLivesMatter
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, Jeremy, and special guest, Pastor, Trey Grant. Trey shares his perspective on #BlackLivesMatter and ways the local church can respond by educating and equipping the Saints in applying the gospel to racist perspectives. Please reach out to us if you'd like us to discuss anything at email@example.com Episode Resources: Frederick Douglass: A Prophet of Freedom The New Jim Crow White Metropolis Oneness Embrace Free At Last The Next Evangelicalism Divided By Faith
Jul 26, 2020
EP. 67 Systemic Racism And The Church Part 1: Deconstructing Perspectives That Produce Racism - Interview W/Pastor Trey Grant
In this episode, hosts, Mike, Shauna, Jeremy, and special guest, Trey Grant discuss how the church can help deconstruct systemic racism in practical ways starting with our areas of influence. Trey talks about a ministry within his church, The Specs Movement, that focuses on deconstructing racist perspectives that produce racism, and his own personal experiences. This is part 1 of our interview with Trey, and part 2 will focus on Trey's perspective of the statement and subsequent network of #BlackLivesMatter. Remember to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, topics wanted to be addressed, etc.
Jul 13, 2020
EP. 66 Counsel For Couples A Year Later: Interview W/Author Jonathan D. Holmes
This episode is from last year's Association of Biblical Counselors - 2019 Called To Counsel National Conference Where we sat down with Jonathan D. Holmes to discuss his heart behind his book, "Counsel for Couples: A Biblical and Practical Guide for Marriage Counseling", and as a pastor and biblical counselor, discusses the need for the local church to have marriage counseling available in the local church. He expresses the urgency for the local church to have a "culture of care" and to promote preventative ministries. This book is unique because it could be used for lay leaders, church leaders, and leadership development...A must-have resource!
Jul 5, 2020
EP. 65 Domestic Violence A Year Later: Interview W/Greg Wilson From The ABC 2019 Called To Counsel Conference
This episode is from last year's Association of Biblical Counselors - 2019 Called To Counsel National Conference Where we sat down with Greg Wilson, D.Ed.Min., LPC-S to discusses the nature and scope of “Domestic Violence”, providing a working definition for domestic violence and presents an educational glimpse into the world of a common perpetrator and consequent victim, and provides a fresh perspective on how the church needs to understand the delicacy of domestic abuse in the local church.
Jun 28, 2020
EP. 64 Heart Of The Matter Series P2: Putting On The New Self - A Counseling Tool That Helps Cultivate Biblical Thoughts, Desires, And Actions
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy continue their "Heart of the Matter" series with the "Put On" tool of helping counselee's put on godly thoughts, feelings, and actions. The heart of man is always worshiping, the heart is never idle. This new ABC resource helps counselee's understand their responsibility of putting on godly thoughts, feelings, and actions in the same way that they take off ungodly thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Jun 21, 2020
EP. 63 PTSD A Year Later: Curtis Solomon Interview On: Demystifying PTSD (EP. 9)
This episode was from last year's ABC Conference - 2019 Called To Counsel National Conference - and in this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy interview Curtis Solomon, Executive Director for The Biblical Counseling Coalition. Curtis takes time to Demystify PTSD by removing the D out of it. It’s not an abnormal reaction to normal life, but it’s really a normal response to really extreme and difficult circumstances. PTSD is severely misunderstood, and in this episode, Curtis offers a robust understanding of the nature and scope of PTSD. And given the social climate in our culture right now, consequently, the probability of traumatic stress is quite high.
Jun 14, 2020
EP. 62 Questions & Topics Answered: Your Questions Answered From Grief, Rejection, Can A Woman lead A Vision In The Church(from EP.55), Respond To Some Feedback Regarding EMDR
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy answer questions that have come in via email(email@example.com)and the website(speakthetruth.org). They discuss the question received about grief (grieving the loss of a child or a child losing a parent), Rejection, Can a woman lead the vision of a church launching and cultivating a counseling ministry within the church(from EP.55 W/Guest Lee Lewis), and respond to some feedback we received regarding EMDR. If you'd like us to answer a question regarding a topic, etc. please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our web page www.speakthetruth.org and use the widget, "lets chat" to ask us a question or reach out to us.
Jun 7, 2020
EP. 61 Suffering A Year Later: Interview W/Paul Tripp On Suffering - Gospel Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense
Given the state of our country right now, all the suffering happening through deathly virus', injustice, rioting as a retaliation, etc., we wanted to share our podcast with Paul Tripp from last year's ABC National Called To Counsel Conference about the hope of the Gospel through suffering. Paul Tripp discusses his heart behind his recent book release on suffering, “Suffering: gospel hope when life doesn’t make sense”, which was largely due to his own recent experiences in suffering through an acute renal failure. Listen as Paul shares the nature of suffering and our response to it.
Jun 1, 2020
EP. 60 Depression A Year Later: A Gospel Response to Depression W/Lee Lewis (EP. 10 A/Year Ago)
This episode was from a year ago when we were at The 2019 "Called to Counsel" Conference interviewing Lee Lewis, pastor, and biblical counselor - discussing the nature of depression and biblically responsive ways to identify it and confront it. Our hosts and special guest provide a brief contrast on how our culture responds to depression and how the local church can respond to it and provide gospel hope through community; learning from depression and rightly orienting our hearts in the place of sorrow.
May 24, 2020
EP. 59 What Is EMDR Therapy - With Author & Biblical Counselor Eliza Huie
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss EMDR Therapy with Author and Biblical Counselor, Eliza Huie. Eliza is clinically trained in EMDR with years of biblical counseling and provides a great introduction into what is EMDR Therapy, who should receive it, if it's safe, and ultimately for the sake of the Christian community, is it biblical. She discusses a biblical-connected approach to EMDR and its process and how to get started.
May 17, 2020
EP. 58 ABC Assessments Explained & Applied: Strengthening Data Gathering In The Counseling Room n' Local Church For Leadership Development
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss ABC's assessments; how they are built and how they can be utilized in real-time with clients. Also, these assessments can be used in the church context as well for leadership development. There are several categories of assessments, for example, marriage, intimacy, depression, anger, anxiety, money, domestic abuse, substance abuse, parenting, and a myriad of others. They talk about how they use these assessments and give testimony to how they strengthen data-gathering for the counselor and ultimately making it more productive for the clients. Remember to email us at: email@example.com or engage with us on our website - www.speakthetruth.org
May 10, 2020
EP. 57 Using The "One Another" Scriptures From the Counseling Room to the Small Group Living Room
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss Stuart Scott's new book, "31 Ways to be A One Another Christian" and how it can be used in the counseling room to the community groups in the local church. Also, how it can be used as a leadership development tool for helping community group leaders be more intentional in their relational engagements. This is a great resource! Please remember to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for anything you'd like us to address, discuss, etc. Also, you can engage with us on our website at www.speakthetruth.org
May 3, 2020
EP. 56 Heart of The Matter Series: A Counseling Tool That Helps Expose Deceptive Thoughts, Desires, and Habits
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss a new counseling resource tool from ABC that is designed to help facilitate a process with counselees to help with the opportunity of examining their hearts drawn from Psalm 26:2. This tool uses a heart log for the counselee to help capture and identify where there heart was in a situation to expose deeper rooted issues and learn how to "Put off" deceptive thoughts, desires, and habits. This tool can be used immediately with counselees; they interact with the process and can be used as homework.
Apr 26, 2020
EP. 55 Building A Culture of Soul Care In The Local Church: Interview W/Lee Lewis
In this episode, the hosts, Mike & Shauna and special guest, Lee Lewis, talk about Lee's partnering organization - Soulcare Consulting. Soulcare Consulting specializes in helping local churches build a culture of soul care instead of a side avenue of care. They Provide Training, Resources, and Consulting for Church Leaders Who Want To Lead Healthy. A must-listen for pastors and lay leaders who want to implement a culture of soul care from the informal moments of the body to formal moments - from one to one discipleship to healthy community groups.
Apr 19, 2020
EP. 54 FAITH: Keeping The Object Of Our Faith In Focus During Times Of Crisis
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss how God uses times like these to strengthen our faith. They discuss the reality of Hebrews Chapter 12 being worked out through our current pandemic situation and the universal reality of how God grows our faith through hardship...not resting in our ability to do things in our own strength which only produces pride. Be encouraged that God doesn't waste our hardships - they are not arbitrary matters, but a means to produce more faith in God - the true object of our faith. Remember to email us any topics you'd like us to address and discuss at email@example.com
Apr 13, 2020
EP. 53 Navigating Fear & Anxiety Part 2: Three-fold Plan For Responding to COVID-19
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy continue their discussion around the COVID - 19 situations and our natural responses of fear and anxiety, but God's Word has a three-fold plan to help cast out that fear and anxiety and replace it with praying, thinking biblically, and living biblically in this chaotic time.
Apr 6, 2020
EP. 52 Navigating Fear & Anxiety: COVID-19's Modified Impact on Our Normalcy
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss the impact of COVID-19 and how it's modified what our normal is and how God uses these times to reveal things to us about our fears and anxieties. They take a look at some key scriptures to demonstrate the need for biblical faith in order to cast out the paralyzing fears and anxious thoughts that prevail if we don't reorient the obeject of our faith.
Mar 29, 2020
EP. 51 Unpacking Diagnoses: Paranoid Personality Disorder - DSM Criteria & Biblical Explanation
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy discuss the DSM criteria for Paranoid Personality Disorder and the biblical explanations associated with these symptomologies. They help develop a category for the believers who may feel overwhelmed with those in their influence who have maybe been given this label and not sure how to minister to them. *****Reminder: WE ARE NOT recording this podcast in order to diagnose anyone who exhibits these symptomologies***** Due to the Covid -19 pandemic, "The 2020 Called to Counsel Conference" has been rescheduled to September 10th through the 12th. This year's theme and plenary sessions will be situated in the words of Jesus when he proclaimed, "the kingdom of God is at hand." The tracks for this year will include an introduction to biblical counseling, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, and Marriage. Register now at: www.calledtocounsel.com
Mar 22, 2020
EP. 50 Unpacking Diagnoses: DSM Criteria For General Personality Disorder & Biblical Explanation
In this episode, the hosts, Jeremy, Mike and Shauna discuss the DSM's criteria for General Personality Disorder. The long-term symptomologies of this disorder demonstrated through cognition, affectivity, interpersonal functioning, impulsive control, and then provide a biblical explanation of these symptomologies. ****Reminder**** We ARE NOT recording this podcast in order to diagnose anyone who exhibits these symptomologies.
Mar 15, 2020
EP. 49 Unpacking Diagnoses: Unpacking Diagnoses: DSM Criteria For ADHD Symptomologies With A Biblical Explanation Part 2
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy continue their discussion about the DSM's hyperactivity and impulsivity criteria for ADHD with a biblical explanation, it's relevance according to the child's symptomologies and the parental implications associated with this diagnoses. They discuss a holistic approach in responding to such diagnoses within ADHD criteria finishing with the subcategories of hyperactivity and impulsivity. PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING: As biblical counselors, WE DO NOT Diagnose our counselee's with any disorders described in the DSM-V(IV)TR. Please email us at [firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto:email@example.com) if you'd like us to address or discuss a specific topic, thank you.
Mar 8, 2020
EP. 48 Unpacking Diagnoses: DSM Criteria For ADHD Symptomologies With A Biblical Explanation Part 1
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy begin the discussion about the DSM's inattention criteria for ADHD with a biblical explanation, it's relevance according to the child's symptomologies and the parental implications associated with this diagnoses. They discuss a holistic approach in responding to such diagnoses within ADHD criteria beginning within the subcategory of inattention.....1 of 3 subcategories pertaining to their respective symptomologies. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like us to address or discuss a specific topic, thank you.
Mar 1, 2020
EP. 47 Unpacking Diagnoses: Bipolar Disorder - Comparing DSM & Biblical Symptomologies
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy, discuss the symptomologies associated with the diagnoses of bipolar disorder, the criteria, and the biblical explanations for a manic episode of bipolar disorder. Please email email@example.com if you'd like us to address or discuss a specific topic!
Feb 23, 2020
EP. 46 Unpacking Diagnoses: Major Depressive Episode(s) According To The DSM & The Bible
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy unpack the diagnoses of "Major Depressive Episode" according to the DSM-IV(V)-TR and provide a biblical explanation for "Major Depressive Episode" as well. They review 8 symptomologies within the DSM and their respective biblical symptomologies and provide a short survey of biblical texts that put depression into a biblical perspective.
Feb 16, 2020
EP. 45 Unpacking A Diagnoses: What Is The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM) & Important Disclaimer
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy start the mini-series on unpacking diagnoses regarding psychiatric labels derived from the DSM-IV(V)-TR, like bipolar disorder, major depressive episode, ADHD, and others by providing an important disclaimer for entering into conversations with highly psychologized people. They discuss the nature and scope of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders with full disclosure on the DSM lens and a biblical lens.
Feb 9, 2020
EP. 44 2020 ABC Called To Counsel Conference: The Kingdom Is At Hand: 7 Tracks 8 Sessions Per Track
In this episode, the hosts, Shauna, Jeremy, and Mike discuss the 2020 ABC Called To Counsel Conference details; 7 Tracks with 8 sessions per track. They share the plenary speakers for this year's theme - The Kingdom Is At Hand. Register Today at www.calledtocounsel.com for all the details...
Feb 3, 2020
EP. 43 Practicing Spiritual Disciplines In Counseling: Accountable Relationships
In this episode, the hosts, Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy, discuss the imperative reality of counselee's having accountable relationships in the local church context. More often than not, those we counsel don't have any accountable relationships in their life that are able to examine their life, hold them accountable to godly decisions, and as a result, end up struggling to effectively work through whatever brokenness is plaguing them. As counselors, we need to make sure we're making accountable relationships apart of encouragement to those we counsel.
Jan 26, 2020
EP. 42 Practicing Spiritual Disciplines In Counseling: Cultivating A Prayer Life
In this episode, the hosts talk about the ever so imperative spiritual discipline - prayer. They discuss the Lord's prayer and how it can be used in the counseling room. And helping our counselees cultivate a thriving prayer life.
Jan 19, 2020
EP. 41 Practicing Spiritual Disciplines In Counseling: Engaging Scripture
In this episode, the hosts, Michael, Shauna, and Jeremy begin the discussion with the importance of practicing the spiritual disciplines in Counseling - starting with God’s Word. Often times, in counseling, it becomes apparent that those we’re counseling haven’t really established practice of the spiritual disciplines in their life which we know helps us work through our issues and the brokenness of life. They discuss the imperative nature of helping counselees establish habits of studying God's Word; to read, study, meditate, memorize, and apply it.
Jan 13, 2020
EP. 40 Gen Z Perspective On Being A Christian In Their Immediate Context In Our Culture
In this episode, the hosts, Mike & Shauna have their two sons, Dustin(18), Jaxson(13), in the studio to talk about their experience as being Christian in their immediate context in our culture as Gen-Zers. Their thoughts on school, religion, and attending the church's youth - it's content and dynamics.
Jan 5, 2020
EP. 39 Our Teens Perspective On Growing Up In A Blended Family
In this episode, hosts, Mike & Shauna, bring their two sons, Dustin(18) and Jaxson(13) into the studio to get their perspective on what it’s like to be raised in a blended family. We’re used to hearing from other adults on their blended family experiences, but we thought it would be helpful to hear from our teens. Email us any topic you'd like us to address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 15, 2019
EP. 38 Parenting: Part 3: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
In this episode, the hosts wrap up their discussion on 14 Gospel Principles for parenting, namely, the reality of false gods - that we're parenting a worshiper, control - the reality of heart and life change, rest, and mercy. These four principles are crucial in the process of parenting. Remember to email us if you'd like to address or discuss any topic at, email@example.com
Dec 9, 2019
EP. 37 Parenting: Part 2 - 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Parenting
In this episode, the hosts continue their discussion through 14 gospel principles and focus specifically on principles 6-10. Highlighting process parenting, bad behavior caused by sinful nature, heart issues of authority, foolishness, and developing character. We're looking to fill 2020 with some great content, so please let us know what you'd like us to address or discuss. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 1, 2019
EP.36: Parenting - 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family Part 1
In this episode, the hosts begin their discussion on parenting with the help of Paul Tripp from his book on parenting, "14 Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family. And in this episode, the hosts cover the first 5 principles, "Calling, Grace, Law, Inability, and lastly, Identity. Insightful episode quote from Jeremy Lelek, "God’s grace is more committed to their transformation and good than we will ever be." Please email us at email@example.com with any questions or topics you'd like us to address/discuss in the podcast. And, please leave us a rating or review on whatever platform you listen with, thank you for your support.
Nov 24, 2019
EP. 35 LGBTQ Self-Identity Limitations Part 2: Moving Beyond The Bio-Psycho-Social
In this episode, the hosts continue their discussion on LGBTQ’s self-identity and it’s limitations, wherein in the previous episode, they captured the bio-psycho-social order and their limitations. And in this episode, they move beyond the bio-psycho-social order and their constructs to finishing up the cultural and moral crisis and step into the spiritual order articulating a biblical worldview from a theocentric epistemology, where the self is revealed by God through His Word, The Holy Scriptures.
Nov 17, 2019
EP. 34 LGBTQ Part 1: Self-Identity Limitations - Is Self A Socially Constructed Product
In this episode, all of our co-hosts are back in the studio to discuss a highly emotive topic in our culture right now; Identifying as Transgender - a look at the limitations of self-identity. This is part 1 of 2 podcasts reflecting on the limitations of self-identity and the many philosophical crises that follow, and in this episode, the hosts consider the ontological, existential, and ethical crises.
Nov 10, 2019
EP. 33 Bonus: Made To Minister Conference: Biblical Counseling Impact In Local Church Community Groups & Pastor's & Staff W/Pete Potloff
In this episode, co-host, Mike Van Dyke sits down with Pete Potloff, Pastor over Groups n' Missions at Salem Heights Church in Salem Oregon. They discuss his journey into pastoral ministry, Biblical Counseling's impact in community groups and the church at large, and how instrumental biblical counseling has shaped their pastors and staff.
Nov 3, 2019
EP. 32 Made To Minister Conference: Book Review With Author of Journey: A Path To Biblical Change - A Unique Resource Written For Anyone Experiencing Trials or Suffering
In this episode, the hosts, Mike & Shauna are in Salem, OR with special guests, Laura Chica & Emily Dempster, of Made To Minister talking about their recent book release, Journey: A Biblical To Biblical Change. This biblical counseling resource explores what you believe about God - what he says about himself and your relationship with him, who is on the throne of your life and why knowing that matters, what you think about suffering and its purpose, and why following Jesus on your journey makes all the difference.
Oct 27, 2019
EP. 31 Made To Minister - Salem Oregon: Ministering To A Culture With The Highest Rate of Depression, Anxiety, Suicide Attempts In The Country With The Least Amount Of Professional Help
In this episode, the hosts, Michael & Shauna, are with special guests, Carl & Laura Chica, founders of "Made To Minister" to discuss their incredible opportunity to minister in the state of Oregon. Who, unfortunately, has the highest national average of children & adolescents who struggle with suicide attempts, anxiety and depression within a state that can't meet the need with licensed psychologists n' psychiatrists. As a result, those receiving care are having to wait several months to receive help.
Oct 20, 2019
EP. 30 From The Made To Minister Regional Conference: Biblical Counseling In A Secular Culture
In this episode, the hosts, Michael & Shauna take Speak The Truth on the road to Salem, OR at Salem Heights Church, and sit with special guests, Justin Greene, Lead Pastor, and Carl Chica, Pastor of Pastoral Care & Counseling for their 1st Regional Made To Minister Conference on “An Introduction To Biblical Counseling”. Biblical Counseling in a heavily secular culture; launching, cultivating, and sustaining biblical counseling in a secularly dominated culture - how the gospel is advancing. Want us to discuss a particular topic or issue, please email us at, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct 14, 2019
EP. 29 Launching A Biblical Counseling Ministry In A Established Church W/Pastor Andy Swart
In this episode, hosts, Michael & Shauna, have a special guest Pastor, Andy Swart discussing; launching a biblical counseling ministry within his established church. Intentionally raising up lay leaders who love people and know God's Word to do the work of the ministry within their own body - cultivating Saints for Soul Care - the purpose of "one anothering" in the local church.
Oct 6, 2019
EP. 28 Bonus Episode: “Scriptural Encouragement” for our calling - God's Word, The Mean's For The Mission
In this episode, the hosts, Shauna & Michael and their guest host, Ronnies Mills, continue their conversation of being in leadership in ministry and focusing on the assignment that the LORD has given with God’s people - operating in that fear versus falling prey to the fear of the people. This is an encouragement for the calling.
Sep 30, 2019
EP. 27 Biblical Counseling & Church Planting: Establishing A Biblical Counseling Culture From The Beginning
In this episode, the hosts, Mike & Shauna, are joined in studio with special guest, Ronnie Mills Church planter of Kingdom Chapel in North Fort Worth to discuss church planting and biblical counseling; creating biblical counseling in the DNA of a new church plant.
Sep 22, 2019
EP. 26 Case Study: Angry Andy Part 2 - Scriptural References & Homework
In this episode, the hosts focus on a scriptural focus in engaging with Andy; how they would introduce the topic of anger with Andy, biblically. Introduce the topic of anger biblically, does Andy understand the nature of his anger, does it find its origin with his desires vs. God’s truth?
Sep 15, 2019
EP. 25: Angry Andy - Case Study: Why is Andy Angry - Data Gathering
In this episode, the hosts work through another case study, Angry Andy and his perspective on life. In reading a summary of Andy's current life and highlights of how he grew up, the hosts discuss some questions they'd ask Andy to gather sufficient data in order to speak into what Andy thinks his problems are and why he seems to be angry the majority of the time....Please remember to email us topics you'd like the hosts to address or discuss at TOPICS@SPEAKTHETRUTH.ORG
Sep 9, 2019
EP. 24 SELF-CARE BONUS EPISODE: IS The Sabbath A Relevant Consideration Towards Our Self-Care?
In this episode, the hosts consider an appropriate application of the Sabbath towards self-care. Has there been sufficient discussion in evangelicalism towards the nature and scope of the sabbath, do many people truly understand the implications of the sabbath theologically and responsively? Remember to email email@example.com if you want the host to discuss a specific topic or issue.
Sep 2, 2019
EP. 23 Self-Care & Biblical Counseling: Establishing A Rhythm Of Rest In Ministry To Prevent Burnout
In this episode, the hosts discuss the importance of planning and establishing a self-care plan to prevent burnout in ministry at large, and more specifically, in biblical counseling. Establishing a rhythm of rest will provide a sustainable pathway for effective ministry and a Christ-filled soul.
Aug 25, 2019
EP. 22 Marriage Case Study - Sexual Issues Within The Marriage P2: Offering A Biblical Schema To Thrive
In this episode, the hosts wrap up the case study by providing some theoretically practical homework ideas for the couple struggling in their marriage with sex. They provide a biblical schema for reorienting the spouses' thought process' towards one another in a biblical context. And then conclude, as counselors, how we can use these general schema's for homework to those who struggle within their marriages.
Aug 18, 2019
EP.21 Marriage Case Study-Sexual Issues Within The Marriage: Data Gathering
In this episode, the hosts work through a marital case study that focuses’ on a marriage struggling with sexual tensions and struggling to communicate their desire-laden dispositions to one another in a productive manner. Listen as the hosts read through the case study, and begin to ask questions to gather data towards the root of their sexual problems.
Aug 11, 2019
EP. 20 Self-Forgiveness: Can you forgive yourself?
In this episode, the hosts discuss the popularly cultured disposition of "Self-forgiveness", can you forgive yourself? Is there a biblical category for this idea? People who use this statement are truly going through something, but does the statement articulate what the person is really experiencing?
Aug 4, 2019
EP. 19 Bonus Episode - Counseling & The Church P.3 A Counseling Homework "How to"
In this episode, the hosts discuss “how to’s” concerning homework for counselee’s, and the importance of client-specific homework based on the nature and scope of the person; their situation and personality and their engagement with scripture. Viewing scripture as a “heart-exposer” and engaging at that level with counseling.
Jul 29, 2019
EP. 18 Counseling & The Church P2: Cultivating Counseling Methods
In this episode, the hosts discuss cultivating some counseling methods with the analogy of a farmer, which as biblical counselors we're taking God's Word and sowing it with our counselee's, and the importance of being encouraged through engaging our peers with prayer, and God's Word.
Jul 22, 2019
Ep.17 Counseling & The Church Part 1: Taking Counseling Back To Local Church
After discussing youth camp and the way “Gen.Z” is engaging with Gospel truth, the hosts get into the ever relevant topic of the church and counseling, and how the church needs to take back counseling as the primary soul care provider.
Jul 15, 2019
EP. 16 Humankind & Counseling Part 3: New Heart, New War - Cultivating The New Man
Jeremy and the hosts define and explain the new heart and war of a biblical anthropology that is driven by the work of the Holy Spirit. This work is set on cultivating the new man, which is being made after his creator for God’s glory.
Jul 8, 2019
EP. 15 Humankind & Counseling Part 2: Establishing A Biblical Anthropology
The host's continue to work through ch. 9 of Jeremy's book, biblical counseling basics, to establish a biblical anthropology and draw stark differences of the humanist view and their lack of proper categories for a robust understanding of anthropology.
Jun 30, 2019
EP. 14 Humankind & Counseling Part 1: Establishing A Humanistic Worldview of Anthropology
In this episode, Jeremy and the hosts, establish a humanistic and biblical worldview on anthropology and their respective differences and implications on academia in the field of psychology and its monumental consequences on the culture. Then, they begin to draw sharp contrast with respect to a biblical worldview on anthropology.
Jun 25, 2019
Bonus Episode: Is The Holy Spirit A Gentleman? - Resisting A Big God Theology
In this bonus episode, the hosts discuss a prevalent christianese phrase, “The Holy Spirit is a gentleman”, he won’t impose himself when believers aren’t ready, or something to this effect. Is this theologically accurate? Why do people resist a big God theology? Why are so many believers still human-centric?
Jun 17, 2019
EP. 12 God & Counseling Part 3: The Distinct Role of The Holy Spirit in Counseling
Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy finish the series, "God & counseling", God the Holy Spirit: our comforter and counselor. What the Father purposed, God the Son accomplished on the cross becoming our propitiation, and now the Holy Spirit applies all that Christ accomplished. In other words, the third person of the trinity, the Holy Spirit, has claimed the terrain of human flourishing, it's His work. And He is more committed to the process of change than we can control; His timing, His process, His work.
Jun 10, 2019
EP. 11 Eric Johnson Interview on his latest book: God & Soul Care - The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith
Our co-host, Jeremy launches right into a question that speaks to the tensions that exist within the christian community with psychology and theology. Eric provides a robust response that captures the reality of differing worldview’s within psychology, but provides a persuasive wholistic response for Christians to do their research and take back psychology. Faith and science are not opposed to one another. However, psychology needs to be taken back by rendering it into biblical categories instead of humanistic categories - a must listen!
Jun 3, 2019
EP. 10 Lee Lewis Interview On: Depression - A Gospel Response
In this episode we interview Lee Lewis, pastor, and biblical counselor on the nature of depression and biblically responsive ways to identify it and confront it. Our hosts and special guest provide a brief contrast on how our culture responds to depression and how the local church can respond to it and provide gospel hope through community; learning from depression and rightly orienting our hearts in the place of sorrow.
May 27, 2019
EP. 9 Curtis Solomon Interview On: Demystifying PTSD
Curtis takes time to Demystify PTSD by removing the D out of it. It’s not an abnormal reaction to normal life, but it’s really a normal response to really extreme and difficult circumstances. PTSD is severely misunderstood, and in this episode Curtis offers a robust understanding to the nature and scope of PTSD.
May 20, 2019
EP. 8 Jonathan D. Holmes Interview On His Book: Counsel for Couples
Jonathan discusses his heart behind his book, "Counsel for Couples: A Biblical and Practical Guide for Marriage Counseling", and as a pastor and biblical counselor, discusses the need for the local church to have marriage counseling available in the local church. He expresses the urgency for the local church to have a "culture of care" and to promote preventative ministries. This book is unique because it could be used for lay leaders, church leaders, and leadership development....A must have resource!
May 15, 2019
Ep. 7 Greg Wilson Interview On: Domestic Violence - 2019 Called To Counsel Conference
Greg Wilson discusses the nature and scope of “Domestic Violence”, providing a working definition for domestic violence and presents an educational glimpse into the world of a common perpetrator and consequent victim, and provides a fresh perspective on how the church needs to understand the delicacy of domestic abuse in the local church.
May 5, 2019
Ep.6 Paul Tripp Interview On: Suffering - 2019 Called To Counsel Conference
Paul Tripp discusses his heart behind his recent book release on suffering, “Suffering: gospel hope when life doesn’t make sense”, which was largely due to his own recent experiences in suffering through acute renal failure. Listen as Paul shares the nature of suffering and our response to it.
Apr 27, 2019
Ep. 5 God & Counseling Part 2: The Distinct Role of The Son in Counseling
Christ purchased the life I couldn’t live so he could give us his life, the life that the Father works through. Christ purchased my inability to follow God’s law, to bring him glory, and my weakness. He paid the legal demands my sin costs, he literally nailed to the cross(Col. 2.14) canceling its legal demands for man’s soul. Therefore, sin no longer has dominion, but a presence. It might remain, but it no longer remains! What the Father purposed in eternity past with man, The Messiah, Jesus Christ, purchased! He made it possible!! We are new creations.
Apr 23, 2019
EP. 4 God & Biblical Counseling: Counseling With God In Mind
In this episode, Jeremy, from his book high centers on a couple of chapters that focus on God as the starting point, and His communicable attributes, namely, His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence, and how these attributes demonstrate themselves in counseling. How does God’s sovereignty play a part in our circumstances, pains, and suffering? The hosts tackle these realities and more in this episode.
Apr 22, 2019
Ep. 3 What Is Biblical Counseling Part 2
Mike, Shauna, and Jeremy are in studio to conclude their discussion on, "what is biblical counseling". In this episode, they discuss the nature of biblical counseling and discipleship, that they're not that different in their dynamic and scope. Based on Ephesians 4:11-14, equipping the Saints for the work of the ministry is informal biblical counseling, both intentional and intensive. More over, if the local church isn't progressing in this level of "one another-ing", then the Saints will go to modern psychology seeking help and solutions for their problems and distress. The culture has a church and doctrine, its called, modern psychology, and their doctrine is the diagnostic statistical manual. And it counter's the gospel they received from God's Word, so we have some work to do.
Apr 17, 2019
Episode # 2 What Is Biblical Counseling Part 1
In this episode, Jeremy provides a distinction between “Christian counseling”, and Biblical Counseling, their theories and methodologies. And then an historical survey of soul care from the time of St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, The Puritans acute knowledge and awareness of soul care, to Martin Luther, and through the modernist movement that pioneered the scope of modern psychology as we know it today, and then provides the state of urgency for the local church today.
Apr 16, 2019
Episode #1 Meet The Hosts & Heart Behind Speak The Truth
In this episode, our hosts take time to introduce themselves; their personal lives, ministry lives, and church lives. They share their journey’s of following Jesus and how The LORD has used their lives to impact others.
Apr 5, 2019
Trailer For Speak The Truth
In this episode, the hosts' are revealed, and the nature of the podcast explained.
Mar 23, 2019
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