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Developing Generous Givers
His ambition was no different than the person who says, "I want to be the finest Sunday school teacher in our church." He simply wanted to be a giver.
The Pastor and his Humanity
In the long run, ministers would be more effective if they would discard the professional image of God's little brother, and just be their brother's brother.
Is a minister permitted even a modicum of professional ambition? Hidden in his ambition may be his own personal demons of greed or covetousness.
Preaching Truth, Justice and the American Way
Cultural assumptions affect what listeners sit for and what preachers must stand for.
This is perhaps the most easily recognized American myth. It has fueled our country's ambition from the age of the earliest settlers to the recent "era of the entrepreneur.".
LEADERSHIP is "a practical journal," and we've found that all the human aspects of a church leader's life, from anxiety and doubt to identity and ambition, are practical challenges.
What's a Pastor For?
God came to Kathryn. Ambition abolitionist. This means love and humility—the abolition of personal ambition. Learning this has changed how I feel about my work.
Foundations: Called to be a Loser?
stronger. How do I develop my gifts for ministry without giving in to my own naked ambition or to the standards of success that others set for me? Theologically
Big Ambitions, Small Church
Ambition acknowledged, I could find a church where my financial and social needs would be met and I could serve God at the same time. How We Adapted.
Church of Your Dreams
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
The Subversive Pastor
Our mission, to undermine the kingdom of self and establish the kingdom of God, is a covert operation.
The people for whom we are praying and among whom we are telling parables are seduced into supposing that their money and ambition are making the world turn on its axis.
The Top 10 Posts of 2006
Scandals, apologies, and a bit of nudity—it was a memorable year for Out of Ur
Read more. 10. Pastoral Ambition. Does success chip away at our souls? I believe this has stirred the fires of ambition. Given the nature of our American culture, this doesn't surprise me.
"Leadership: A Unique, Personal Mosaic"
of God, to strike for the redemption of the aesthetic kingdom of the soul of man — music and art and poetry, or rather, the proving of Christ's redemption of it.… An ambition, a longing
health clinic, tenants association, tutoring program, as well as worship and traditional Christian education-I realized none of this would have happened without the godly ambition of key
Limping Leaders
For a generation fixated on sprinting, failure is producing a better way.
authority, this was a wake up call. How many of us have allowed our ambition for ministry to eclipse our preparation? How many of us have pursued
Uncovering Hidden Agendas
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum
Making the Right Moves
Here are three good reasons for considering a change of scenery. Holy ambition. Ambition becomes destructive when we try to usurp control from God.
Mapping the Territory
Mistakes with staff. For some reason, the church office is particularly hazardous territory. Perhaps it's the clash of worldly ambition and heavenly zeal, or the echo of competing egos.
Pointing Toward Maturity
consider their total lives. One time they talk about investments, for instance. Another morning, they'll discuss ambition or office politics. They're making an
Prayers for Intervention
I completed the Saturday night ritual by asking that the pulpit, a mere piece of wood, be consecrated as an altar upon which I sacrificed, yet again, my pride, ambition, and desire to be
Minding My Own Business
In Paul's list of the acts of the sinful nature in Galatians 5:19-21, for example, I saw envy and selfish ambition mentioned in the same breath as orgies, idolatry, and witchcraft!
The Ruches: The Too-Easy Decision
Pastoral couples simply have to accept them. Most pastors find their own natural ambition heightened by what is at stake in the ministry: eternal destinies.
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