Biblical Counseling Weekend

anger: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

This October, we are looking forward to our annual Biblical Counseling Seminar.  Our title this year is, “Anger: The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly.” Our main text is David Powlison’s book, “Good & Angry” which several dozen of us are reading. 

Do you have a problem with anger, or do you know someone else who does? Or – as Powlison would argue – do you have a problem because you’re NEVER angry, and there’s plenty of injustice in this world that SHOULD provoke us to God-honoring, self-controlled, Spirit-led anger?

Be with us on Friday evening, October 2, and Saturday, October 3 as together we work on these topics.



Cost:  No registration cost. We will have an offering for lunch. There are two recommended books, $15 each

  • "Good & Angry" -- by David Powlison
  • "Untangling Emotions" by J. Alisdair Groves & Winston Smith 

When & Where: October 2 & 3 at The Station (7909 40th Street W, University Place, WA 98466)


  • Friday 7:00-8:30 pm (Introduction + Panel Discussion) 
  • Saturday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Sessions 2 & 3 + workshops, and lunch included (offering basis) 

Childcare: Yes (by request)

Do I Need to RSVP? Yes, please contact the church office or sign up at the Welcome Center Sunday morning. 

Who Can Attend? The conference is open to those who do not regularly attend Sunset Bible Church. Our content will be presented from a Christian worldview and is primarily designed to equip those who would profess faith in Christ. We encourage attendees to read the books prior to the conference, though this is not a requirement.

Why Biblical Counseling?

Did you know that most people going through a difficult season seek out a friend before a professional counselor? Additionally, studies have shown that the help of friends often has as good of a success rate as from a counselor. Because of this we decided to start offering an annual Biblical Counseling Weekend intended to equip our members to be an effective friend. Some of our Biblical Counseling Weekends have focused on the topic of counseling, while others have focused on specific topics such as parenting or marriage. This year we are excited to focus on the topic of Anger.

This will be a great weekend for anyone who is currently raising children AND it will also be an excellent resource for anyone who works with children, or has friends or family currently raising children.

Thoughts on Anger

Many have written helpful books on emotions in general and anger specifically. Some thought-provoking quotes include:

“Ultimately every emotion reflects our worship, that is, the loves or commitments of our hearts.” (Alistar Groves & Winston Smith)

“Angry people are blind to their anger. This is frightening: Angry people are the last ones to know they are angry. What angry people are sure of is that the problem lies in the object of their anger, not themselves. The general rule for angry people is that the more extreme the anger, the more confident they are of their rightness and the more unaware they are of both their anger’s sinful roots and destructive disposition.” (Ed Welch)

“Anger done right is a great good. It says, ‘That’s wrong’ and acts to protect the innocent and helpless. It says, ‘That’s wrong” and energizes us to address real problems…But it is hard to sort out the good from the bad in anger, isn’t it? And it’s even harder to change when anger has gone bad.”  (David Powlison)

“Anger turns vicious, however, when it fights for its own selfish cause, not for justice, and when it fights dirty. That is, anger becomes a vice when there are problems with its target – whatever it is that makes us angry – or with the way we try to hit that target – how we express our anger.” (Rebecca DeYoung)