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Is It Well With My Soul? Confession & Lament Conference

Confession & Lament in Christian Soul Care

The Psalms invite us to put our most difficult experiences into words and share them with God. Research on therapy has found psychological benefits from journaling and talking with others who are safe and empathic. The Gideon Institute is sponsoring a two-track conference to hear from therapists, pastors, theologians, and sufferers speak about addressing sin and suffering by talking with God and others, October 29-30, 2021, in partnership with the Julianna Poor Memorial Counseling Center of Houston’s First Baptist Church. Held live at the Downtown campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church, speakers and attendees will be able to attend in-person or online.

You can sign up for either one or both conference tracks:

  1. Therapist Track: Four sessions on Fri afternoon, Oct 29, starting at 12:30pm, & Friday evening at 7pm with singer/songwriter Andy Gullahorn and Christian mental health advocate, Kay Warren.    $100 includes 3 CEUs
  2. Laypersons/Ministers Track: Friday evening at 7pm, Oct 29, with Andy Gullahorn and Kay Warren, & four sessions Sat morning, Oct 30, starting at 8:30am.    $25

Students can attend the entire conference for $25.

The Friday evening concert and talk only, with Andy Gullahorn and Kay Warren, is just $10.

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Therapist Track

Confession and Lament in Christian Therapy

Friday, October 29


12:30 pm Worship & Welcome

1pm Opening session Eric L. Johnson & Adam Mason Is It Well with My Soul? Why Confession & Lament are Therapeutic

2pm Workshop 1

Rick Marrs, Ph.D., LPC, Professor of Pastoral Care, Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis Lament, the Theology of the Cross, and Christian Soul Care in the 21st Century

Michael Cook, Ph.D., MFT, Professor of Christian Psychology & Counseling, Gideon/HBU

Paul Loosemore, Ph.D., LPC, Asst. Professor of Counseling, Covenant Theological Seminary Living with Dandelions: Working with Grief to Facilitate Joy

3:30pm Workshop 2:

William Orme, Ph.D., LP, Methodist Hospital Using Lament in Times of Spiritual Dryness and Desolation

Jeremy Lelek, Ph.D., LPC, Director of the Association of Biblical Counseling

4:30pm Chad Bird, Old Testament scholar & truck driver

7pm An evening with musical artist, Andy Gullahorn, & mental health advocate, Kay Warren

Laypersons/Ministers Track

Confession and Lament in the Christian Life

October 29-30

Friday 7pm An evening with musical artist, Andy Gullahorn, & mental health advocate, Kay Warren

Saturday: Confession and Lament in the Christian Life

8:30-9am Welcome and worship

9am Chad Bird, Old Testament scholar & truck driver

10am Workshop 1:

Ann Ahrens, Ph.D., Professor of Music and Worship Worship’s Unsung Melody: The Place of Lament in the Life of the Church

Mark Talbot, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton University Breathing Lessons: Exhaling Prayer and Inhaling God’s Promises

Gunner Gunderson, Ph.D., OT theologian and Pastor of Bridgepoint Bible Church, Houston, TX, “Pour Out Your Hearts before Him:” Psalmic Lament and the Christian Dynamics of Expressed Sorrow

11am Workshop 2: Many Kinds […]

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