I love this sketch, and I’m not sure how I missed it for as long as I did. It’s hilarious.

Still, it sums up pretty well what a lot of people think about counseling. That it’s little more than finding out what people are doing wrong and telling them to cut it out.

Worse yet, some people think this is what counseling should look like.

“Will you just tell my husband/wife to pull it together?”

“What they did was wrong! You’re going to tell them that, right?”

These presume people don’t usually already know when they’re wrong and, if not, that there is immediate value in telling them so.

No time or inclination to get up on a soapbox about this today — the point was to post this funny video for anyone who hasn’t seen it.

Suffice to say, that’s not what counseling looks like — at least not when it’s done well!

“Home”
by David Flowers

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Sermon Podcast
May 18, 2014

In part 5 of the series Coming Attractions: A Look at the Amazing Things in Your Future, Dave talks about Home (John 14:1-7).

If somebody claims that you have to take the Bible literally, word for word, or not at all, ask him if you have to take John the Baptist literally when he calls Jesus the Lamb of God.

If somebody claims that no rational person can take a book seriously which assumes that the world was created in six days and man in an afternoon, ask him if he can take Shakespeare seriously whose scientific knowledge would have sent a third-grader into peals of laughter…

Finally this. If you look at a window, you see fly-specks, dust, the crack where Junior’s Frisbee hit it. If you look through a window, you see the world beyond.

Something like this is the difference between those who see the Bible as a Holy Bore and those who see it as the Word of God which speaks out of the depths of an almost unimaginable past into the depths of ourselves.

Frederick Buechner
Originally published in Wishful Thinking