60 Years Ago Today!

Happy Anniversary Jay and Betty Jane Adams. Here are just a few of the greetings we have received:

I’m a trainee pastor in a small church in the UK and I’ve been following the INS course for the last 18 months or so. How have you helped me? When a guy got kicked out of his house by his wife, I knew what do to. When a couple were literally screaming at each other, I knew how to bring Christ into that situation. When another guy was struggling with porn, I knew what scriptures to apply to give him hope. Without you and your writings, I would have spent the next 20 years trying to figure this stuff out on my own. And (except by the grace of God), I would have left a trail of destruction behind me. Thank you.    Jon Mason

Jay’s personal counsel is one of the reasons I entered the ministry almost 40 years ago. His writings are the primary reason I’ve been able to help people during those years. While I do not know the extent I am confident his marriage has contributed to my ministry. With thanks and congratulations!  Larry R Bunton

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Congratulations, Jay and Betty Jane Adams!


This Thursday, June 23, Jay and Betty Jane Adams will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary! I want to encourage you to send a word of congratulations to Jay and Betty Jane along with a brief testimony of how Jay’s ministry of teaching and writing has been a blessing to you. We have set up a temporary e-mail address for them to receive your e-mail at jay@nouthetic.org. When you write, please help us by keeping the following in mind:

  1. While Jay and Betty Jane will read each greeting, please understand that neither Jay nor Betty Jane will be able to respond to you personally.
  2. You do not have to know Jay or Betty Jane personally to write. Jay’s ministry has touched thousands around the world and it will be an encouragement to both to know they have ministered to you in some way over the years.
  3. Please include your full name, address, and an e-mail address. Some context would be helpful as well such as pastor, counselor, former student, etc.
  4. While we may publish some of these greetings on this blog we will only include your name, not your contact information. We will keep that to ourselves in case we want to contact you for a donation to the Institute later!
  5. Do not fuss at Jay about his view of baptism, eschatology, or whatever else you disagree with him about. That is my job.

If you would rather write to them the old fashioned way you can send snail mail to

Jay and Betty Jane Adams
1365 Mt. Shoals Road
Enoree, SC 29335

New Podcast by Dr. Adams

On Sunday, June 12 Dr. Adams gave a charge to the 2011 graduating class of the Redeemer Biblical Counseling Training Institute here in South Carolina. While Dr. Adams’ health is not as robust as it once was, this charge is evidence that his zeal for the ministry of the Word of God has not abated. We invite you to follow this link to the podcast page on our website and listen to this charge. It can be downloaded to iTunes and played on your iPhone or iPod.

While you are there, subscribe to our daily podcast featuring an 8 – 10 minute discussion by Dr. Adams of one of hundreds of topics.


Book Review

How People Change
by Paul David Tripp and Timothy S. Lane
Punch Press: Winston-Salem (2006, 2008)
Reviewed by Donn R Arms

The traditional view of the gospel’s relationship to change is that salvation is foundational to change. Once a person is justified before God by believing in Christ’s saving work on the cross, and made a new creature, he then begins the work of co-laboring with God in the growth process, also known as sanctification. The traditional view sees our role, after being made a new creature (born again), as many-faceted in regard to biblical instruction—the primary role being the learning of God’s Word and the application of it to life via obedience in how we think and behave (Matthew 7:24).

The traditional view makes a significant distinction between justification (redemption), sanctification (growing into Christ-likeness), and glorification (complete transformation). It sees justification and glorification as acts of God alone apart from human participation or monergistic, but sees sanctification as synergistic or a cooperative (but none the less dependent) work with God. Obviously, an accurate view and description of our participation is vital to affecting real and lasting change.

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A New Book by Dr. Adams!

People2We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Jay Adams entitled Types of People—How to Counsel Them Biblically. We have not seen anything like this in print anywhere else and have found it to be both insightful and (especially) helpful. If you have had some experience as a counselor you will quickly identify some of these kinds of people as having sat across the desk from you at one time or another. Jay does far more than simply categorize—that is the easy part—he provides concrete help for the counselor as he seeks to minister the Word of God to each one and points the counselor to solid, biblical, and practical solutions for the the challenges each type of counselee presents.

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Comments—Let’s Try This Again

I have installed a new spam filter so I am going to give this another whirl. The most common request we get is to allow for comments on our blog. While we would love to hear from those who enjoy Jay’s blogs we also recognize that Dr. Adams is a lightning rod for those who oppose biblical counseling. We do not wish to give them one more forum.

So, here are the rules:

  • Be nice. If you have no respect for Dr. Adams why are you reading his blog?
  • Feel free to disagree, we will respectfully explain why you are wrong.
  • Stay on topic and interact about substance. All complaints about “tone,” off topic comments, and ad hominim attacks will go straight to the recycle bin.
  • No personal anecdotes or comments about specific counseling cases.
  • Do not be offended if your comment does not get “approved.” It could be that we are out of the office or have neglected the website for a few days. It is also possible that your comment was obtuse.

Winning the War Within

Our regular readers have noticed by now that we have added a column on the left side of this page where we are promoting various books that Dr. Adams has written over the years. I want to urge you to take special notice of the volume we have posted this week. While it was first published in 1989 it speaks to issues that have become widely misunderstood and erroneously taught in biblical counseling circles in recent days. There are some who claim that the church “forgets things” and we are to be grateful for those teachers who “rediscover” and promote “new important truths.” When you hear such things your antennae should go up and you should take a defensive stance.

In this book Jay examines the great old doctrine of sanctification as taught in the New Testament and clearly explained over the years by men like J. C. Ryle and Horatious Bonar. It is the foundational doctrine of all that transpires in the counseling room and the biblical counselor must not be confused by the current crop of teachers who would confuse and conflate justification with sanctification.

Invest in this book. Read it, understand it, and use it.

Jonathan Todd Adams, 1959 – 2011

With a joyful sorrow we said farewell to Todd Adams last Saturday evening. Todd was Jay and Betty Jane Adams’ oldest son and had been contending with the physical effects of MS for over eight years. A memorial service will be held at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, SC on Monday, January 17, at 11:00 a.m.

Please pray for Todd’s wife, Lucy Anne, his two sons Jake and Luke, and for Jay and Betty Jane.

Check Out These Study Guides

Theology SG

Our friend Bill Hill has put together a series of study guides for most of Dr. Adams’ basic books on biblical counseling and pastoral ministry. They are a great tool for personal study and can be effectively used in the classroom. Check out Bill’s website at www.churchliferesources.net where you can see everything he has to offer and order your copies online.

Bill also leads Equipping Nationals Worldwide, a ministry devoted to teaching national pastors around the world in the area of biblical counseling and pastoral ministry.