Let me introduce myself. My name is Phil Monroe and I am a Christian Psychologist and biblical counselor. Those titles probably don’t go together for most but hear me out. I believe psychology is best understood as the classic study of human functioning and not a modernist, pragmatic, attempt to masquerade as a science similar to medicine. While scientific inquiry about humanity is very important and useful, the Christian psychologist is well aware that all science is not free from bias and that a Christian psychology is as much art as it is science. I believe biblical counseling is best understood as an activity based on a robust biblical anthropology that seeks to help the suffering find grace and mercy in the person and work of Christ. It is not the use of bible verses to confront individuals in their sin. While that may happen, it is better understood as having effective conversations, as Jesus was known to do, that lead others to see themselves and their Lord more clearly. I have found like-minded individuals at Westminster Seminary, Wheaton College and my professional societies. However, I find most of my colleagues and allies among folks at the newly formed Society for Christian Psychology (www.christianpsych.org) and the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (www.ccef.org).
More personally, I am a husband (to Kim) and a father (to Sam and Jared), a gardener, a New Englander in exile, a presbyterian, and a die-hard Red Sox fan. For a living I direct the Master’s counseling program and teach at Biblical Seminary (www.biblical.edu) in suburban Philadelphia and do clinical work with Diane Langberg, PhD & Associates.
I welcome comments that encourage or challenge me to think more. Please remember the fruits of the spirit as you do so. In order to avoid the problem of spam comments, I moderate all first-time commenters.