Dr. Tate's Blog

August 8, 2018

In the first session of marriage counseling couples are sometimes very discouraged about their chances of success of having a better relationship. They'll often talk at length about what they have tried, what has failed, and how counseling is now their last hope for ch...

August 5, 2018

I'm sure you've heard the saying before - "opposites attract." Most of the time we marry someone who is very different than we are. There's something really attractive about the "otherness" of people who aren't like us. I'll use Wendy and I as an example. She is incred...

May 15, 2017

"Can you hear me now?" . . . You probably remember those often repeated words either from the advertising campaign by Verizon Wireless from several years ago, or because you had horrible wireless coverage at some point. Sometimes in everyday conversations we can find o...

May 12, 2017

Today I get the privilege of participating in commencement exercises at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where I serve as Assistant Director of Doctor of Ministry Programs and Associate Professor of Counseling. It's a highlight of the semester. Watching men an...

May 8, 2017

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

There is a common and disturbing trend today of scapegoating the next generation for the myriad of problems we see in the world. It looks something like this:

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May 1, 2017

"For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead." 2 For. 1:8b-9

The day was February 22, 2014....

April 24, 2017

One night, Wendy and I were invited by some friends to go out for dinner. We were thrilled with the invitation because we love being with them and always have a blast when we hang out. But, I was really excited about going because we were going to Ruth’s Chris Steakhou...

April 17, 2017

I was at a ballgame one night when I overheard a lively conversation between several women who were sitting near me. The women were bemoaning how little time they spent with their husbands. The longer the conversation went, the angrier they became. I started thinking I...

April 10, 2017

I love it when people have an “aha!” experience. You know the moment when the light comes on, and they realize for the first time something that changes their life? Several years ago I had the opportunity to see that aha moment in a couple as we talked about conflict r...

March 27, 2017

For years I've used an illustration in one of my counseling classes. I’d have the students imagine a water cooler set up in the corner of the room. I’d enlist a student to go up to the imaginary water cooler to get a drink of water. I’d approach the water cooler at the...

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