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SoulCare Foundations II: Understanding People and Problems

This course discusses what's going on underneath the surface of our lives that results in the confusion, despair, and emptiness so many of us experience.

Why are so many areas of our lives such a mess? What lies beneath the confusion, despair, and emptiness that so many of us experience? In this second course in the four-course SoulCare series, Dr. Larry Crabb offers a biblical understanding of what’s going on beneath the surface of our lives that results in the confusion, despair, and emptiness that so many of us experience. Does Christianity guarantee a better life? Can we really experience more satisfying soul-connection with God and with others? These are among the many questions Dr. Crabb will explore in this second ten-lesson course, which was designed to develop a deeper understanding of people and the problems we all experience.

  1. Develop a deeper understanding of people and the problems experienced by all.
  2. Reach a biblical understanding of what’s going on beneath the surface of personal lives that may result in feelings of confusion, despair, and emptiness.
  3. Learn to think biblically about the nature of the journey.
  • Enjoyed the course! The teachings on the seven stages of foolishness were the most helpful learnings for me in this course. Thank you!

    — Paul, United States (US)
  • This has been a wonderful journey between me and my relationship with the Lord. Thank you for providing this course.

    — Robin, United States (US)
  • Dr Crabb is very practical in his teaching. He uses real life examples to illustrate his points. I really love the scripture verse: Hebrews 7:19; God has provided us a better hope for a better life.

    — Esosa, United States (US)
  • This course really changed my thinking about the importance of being curious about others' lives, not nosy, but genuinely curious.

    — Diane, United States (US)
  • Super grateful for this course as I learned so much about my own idolatrous heart and the better hope I have in our Lord. Thank you!

    — Shari, United States (US)
  • This course is very much needed in the practice of counseling today. And an effective way to build meaningful relationships in the church in addressing a wide range of issues.  

    — Larry, United States (US)
  • This segment of Soul Care has moved me forward another step to realize how inept I am at providing help to others without the movement of the Holy Spirit.

    — Robert, United States (US)
  • This course enabled me to realize the mess in me and how much I need the Spirit to draw me closer to God.  

    — Farai, South Africa
  • I find the double negative questions in some of the questions on the quizzes confusing. I was most excited about the lectures and what they brought to my mindset.

    — Kurt, United States (US)
  • I am very grateful to have come across the SoulCare Series through the Our Daily Bread Devotional. The two courses so far have challenged my thinking and beliefs, and reshaped my worldview. Once when I felt a bit battered in a situation, I came home and did the next Lesson in the series. Larry reminded us that it's those who are deeply troubled and struggle, and are aware of their own interior world, are the Spirit's masterpiece. That changed everything for me. I was able to alter my perspective and become a giver in that situation rather than be the one trodden down by it. Thank you for the work that has gone and goes into these courses. I am looking forward to the next one, SoulCare Three.

    — Gaynor, New Zealand
  • Alot of things the were said I didn't agree with.

    — Janice, United States (US)
  • Thank you to all the staff and participants. I really enjoyed this platform of learning.

    — Elsa, United States (US)
  • Thank you for stimulating my thoughts and creating this course.

    — Elsa, United States (US)
  • Thought provoking, somewhat discouraging, but in the final lesson suggested hope which really created more hunger.

    — Andrea w, United States (US)
  • Interesting concept.

    — Shinshin, United States (US)
  • This course has showed me where wisdom comes from. I have enjoyed this course because I believe it has given me the tools to move closer to God, therefore I can help others move closer to God.

    — Laurie, United States (US)
  • Another thought-provoking course from Dr Crabb. I somewhat struggled with his stages of foolishness as I felt they were culturally specific (middle-course white culture) and may not be applicable in other contexts, e.g. where a three year old child is not taken to Pizza Hut but is already being trained in basic mending skills by their grandparent to make a meaningful contribution to the life of their tribe. However, the foolishness discourse (and confusion about the real goals that we've been created to pursue) is very helpful as it helps to focus on where we end up chasing after empty desires and targets.

    — Elena, United Kingdom (UK)
  • One of the best courses I have taken on ODBU so far

    — Wesley, United States (US)
  • I wish every Christian would study this course.

    — Thu-van, United States (US)
  • The more I learn about Soul Care, the more I can see where I fall short . God is speaking to me and my own brokenness to get me to not rush through life issues in this fast paced generation that wants instant fix.

    — Elaine, Canada
  • The course has definitely helped me be aware of things about myself and those I may want to provide soul care for. I will approach the whole idea of soul care more humbly and dependent on the Spirit. I do believe the idea of listening with genuine curiosity and having a vision beyond "fixing" the current journeying reality are important keys to approaching Soul Care.

    — Roy, United States (US)
  • A lot to digest but provoking in thought on what a mess my own life has been.

    — Philip, United States (US)
  • I love being taught by Dr. Crabb and am so grateful to have divinely discovered these courses. Though I have never personally met Dr. Crabb, I consider him and Dr. Dan Allender to be mentors of mine. I have been learning and using their wisdom and knowledge with others for at least 20 years.

    — Jamie, United States (US)
  • I have enjoyed this very much

    — Bobbi, United States (US)
  • It helped me return to things we so easily forget.

    — Geraldine, Singapore
  • I am definitely more equipped and eager to be a soul carer in the strength of the Spirit, thereby bringing people into a closer relationship with the Lord.

    — Janet, Australia
  • I enjoyed this course because the perspective it took in giving information.

    — Courtney, United States (US)
  • This course has provided language for me, for my own journeying reality, as well as for those I love. It has given me a greater understanding of what it means to live as a loved image-bearer who has been given capacities...but those capacities have been corrupted. There is hope in the midst of the corruption because the Spirit of God is working to make all things new... and the NEW is coming. Thank you to all who have made it possible to continue learning from Dr. Crabb.

    — Ginny, United States (US)
  • Great information and convicting. I so appreciate the emphasis on vulnerability and authenticity required to relate well to God and others.

    — Luke, United States (US)
  • Once again, I truly appreciate Dr. Crabb's development of ideas. He always start with reviewing and then builds on those ideas. The relevancy of the material is so powerful. Concepts are coming together so well for me. I have finally gotten over my desire for a technique to follow and am understanding how this allows for the movement of the Spirit in my life as I tag along with the Spirit into another's.

    — Dorothy, United States (US)
  • Once again Dr. Crabb took me just slightly deeper into how to relate to others in various stages of life. Very good.

    — Alan, United States (US)
  • Dr. Crabb provides a unique understanding of the implications of our identity as image bearers of God and our need to relate well sorely need by the Church today.

    — Marc, United States (US)
  • This course has been helpful in understanding what goes on inside people.

    — Ruth, United States (US)
  • I feel like many question marks in my mind about life have been removed!

    — Jane, United States (US)
  • Having been through SSD and The Next Step with Dr. Crabb I still found this course very helpful. I also think the set up of Our Daily Bread University is excellent.

    — Coleman, United States (US)
  • Dr. Crabb brings enlightenment through the work of The Holy Spirit's wisdom in helping believers to help others with love.

    — Blossom, United States (US)
  • This was excellent. I love the concept of desiring God first, making Him and a relationship with Him my first and greatest desire. The truths learned are not only vital in sharing with others but in my own life in living out a full and satisfying life in Christ.

    — Cheryl, United States (US)
  • An excellent course. I learned a lot of new things about people. It helped me understand a lot more about human nature and what soul care is all about. The course also made me see that we all need soul care. Thank you, Dr. Crabb, for sharing your knowledge.

    — Angeley, United States (US)
  • Very helpful in finding language to describe spiritual processes.

    — Linda, United States (US)
  • Very challenging information. Enjoyed it and learned a lot.

    — Randy, United States (US)
  • Quite interesting and information is easy to apply. Taught extremely well.

    — Wayne, United States (US)
  • This was a very good course. I have truly enjoyed it. Thanks for the privilege to experience the ways of God's Spirit moving in us.

    — Kim, United States (US)
  • Enlightening

    — Thomas, United States (US)
  • I really appreciate Dr. Crabb's teaching. I learned so much, thank you!

    — Rebekah, United States (US)
  • This course has not only helped me to be better relationally with others but has revealed much about my own "problems" and misguided goals to myself as well.

    — Carrie, United States (US)
  • — Clarence, United States (US)
  • Dr. Crabb makes the complex simple by telling stories and putting SoulCare skills in a manageable, practical format that becomes useful immediately following the learning of it. Great course. Cannot wait to begin the next section.

    — Mark, United States (US)
  • Loved every minute of it.

    — Heather, United States (US)
  • I am really pleased with the course, and am looking forward to the next module.

    — Gillian, United States (US)
  • The courses were a great learning experience.

    — Bertha, United States (US)

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Course Details

  • 10 Lessons
  • 31 Activities
  • 11 Assessments
  • 27 Min Average
  • 10 Hrs Minimum
  • Course Award

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Larry J. Crabb, PhD (1944-2021)