Hope + Help for Self-Harm

podcast interview with Dave Dunham
A lot of people who struggle with self-harm tend to have an extreme, "all-or-nothing" kind of filter. The reasoning tends to go, "Either I'm all the way better, or I will never change." I think recognizing those filters—to identify when I'm skewing my thinking—allows me to tailor a plan of attack to challenge those thoughts with biblical truths that talk about the progressive nature of sanctification. We are being transformed by degree: from one degree of glory to another.
– Dave Dunham
About the Episode
In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell interviews Pastor/author Dave Dunham on the topic of self-harm and his book with P&R Publishing, Addictive Habits: Changing for Good. Dave shares how he got started working in addiction ministry, why helping an injurer requires attention to both the body and soul, reasons it's important to uncover the struggler's motivations for injuring, the necessity of having a robust theology of sin in order to treat strugglers with compassion and grace, the helpfulness of practicing repentance, and words of encouragement for the person who feels enslaved to their addictive habit.
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About the Podcast
The Hope + Help Project podcast offers compassionate biblical conversations about life's challenging problems. The purpose of the podcast is to share Christ-centered comfort and clarity for those seeking biblical solutions for the struggles they face. The podcast accomplishes this by offering a mix of interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics. Listeners can expect to receive biblical wisdom as well as practical steps for facing suffering, struggling and sin with courage and grace. Hosted by author/writer Christine M. Chappell.
About the Guest
Dave serves as Pastor of Counseling and Discipleship at Cornerstone Baptist Church in the Detroit metro where he also directs a biblically-based addiction recovery ministry. Dave earned his M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He blogs, reviews books, and provides resources at Pastor Dave Online.
About Dave's Book
Addictive Habits: Changing for Good • It begins with a choice . . . but soon that choice overpowers and traps you. You both love and hate your habit, and it begins to define you. Addiction is a blend of choice and enslavement—but change is possible through God and his Word. These daily devotionals remind us of God's truth and help us apply it to our lives, addressing our responsibility for addiction, our relationship with the God who can free us, and techniques for first restructuring our lives and then remaining faithful long-term.
Other Helpful Resources from Pastor Dave
Common Motives Behind Self-Harm
On the Don't Mom Alone podcast, host Heather MacFadyen interviews Lisa Appelo about her story of loss, how to take thoughts captive when fighting fear, and how the body of Christ comes together to help care for widows & single moms.
Self-Harm and Suicide
On the Better Together podcast, host Barb Roose interviews Lisa about the pain of walking with her kids through the loss of their dad and the practical ways that she helped her kids open up and talk about their fears and loss.
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About Your Host
Christine M. Chappell
Author/Writer/Speaker
Christine Chappell is the author of Clean Home, Messy Heartthe host of The Hope + Help Project podcast, and is a guest contributor at Desiring God. She writes frequently about depression, grief, and sorrow at her blog, has completed biblical counseling certificates with the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship, and is currently pursuing certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
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