Scripture alone is sufficient for the counseling task, according to John Babler, associate professor of pastoral counseling at Southwestern, at the third annual Biblical Counseling Conference, April 17-18.

Babler introduced a paper he co-wrote with David Penley, assistant professor of pastoral counseling at Southwestern, explaining what they call “expository counseling.” Babler prefers the term in contrast to the growing confusion regarding the practice of biblical counseling, which often emphasizes the necessity or usefulness of the behavioral sciences for counseling.

The foundations for expository counseling are that it is biblical, comprehensive, relational and practical, all with the focus on evangelism and discipleship. Babler applied these foundations to his presentation about parenting.

“Biblical parenting means that we need to teach our children to love God with all their heart, soul and mind,” said Babler.

President Paige Patterson opened the conference with a sermon on the foundation of the family.

Patterson said Scripture is all a Christian “needs in order to find meaning in life, in order to find joy even in the midst of sorrow, in order to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and in order to take us home to be with God.”

Audio for the Biblical Counseling Conference can be found at