What do you eat on New Year’s Day? Many of us observe family traditions without understanding why we continue them. For example, many of you might eat pork on New Year’s Day, but never chicken. Why? It’s because pigs root forward and chickens kick backward. At the New Year, we’re to be forward looking and thus eat pork. So the tradition goes. Well, here at the Biblical Counseling Institute, we’re eating both chicken and pork ¬†this January!

Looking back, 2017 was a busy year for us. We counseled over 840 hours, including folks from the community, students, and pastors. There were over fifty new counselees this past year, and many from 2016 continued to receive Biblical counsel to address their difficulties. We are thankful for the donations from those who have appreciated the care provided by our counselors and from others who want to support this work as part of their giving to RPTS. We had several of our MDiv students step into supervised counseling this fall, being mentored by Dr. Scipione as they met with new counselees and worked with them over a number of months. One former student, Eun Kim (MTS 2013), completed her certification process with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, under Dr. Scipione’s supervision.

What’s ahead in 2018? Both big changes and faithful consistency. On July 1, Lord willing, we will welcome Pastor Keith Evans as the new professor of Biblical counseling at RPTS! Many of you have prayed with us for a number of years that the Lord would raise up a counseling professor to replace Dr. Scipione when he retires. The Lord has answered this prayer! The photo above is from our archive and shows Pastor Evans (back in 2010 when he was a student and admissions counselor) entering the Willson Center where the offices for the Biblical Counseling Institute are located. As he takes up his new responsibilities, Dr. Scipione will remain on hand, moving to a part-time role. What remains the same? Our commitment to provide faithful instruction in Biblical counseling for our students and the faithful application of Biblical counseling for our counselees, always reminding them that the Lord gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Please pray for Dr. Scipione and Pastor Evans during this transition, and, as always, for our students and our counselees.

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