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Diminish the Power of Negative Circumstances
Take control of your circumstances by changing your mindset.
In this lesser-known sermon, Dr. King suggests that one of the great temptations is to become too absorbed in our circumstances, which leads to the conclusion that changing our
Temptations in Ministry
Sinful behavior may be visible, but the source of that behavior is beneath the surface.
he was doing. Nouwen argues that Christian leaders are susceptible to the temptations of relevance, of being spectacular, and of power. At first glance
Our Best on Ministry’s Dangers, Toils, and Snares
9 tools to help you overcome the temptations of leadership.
grows. Churches must speak frankly about temptations, and the boundaries and guidelines that are necessary to help prevent leaders from giving in.
Sexual Addiction Destroyed My Pastorate
Exposing the truth was just the first step to redemption.
We asked questions like, “Have you faced any temptations today?” “How are things at home with your wife and kids?” “Did you cross any boundaries today, and if so, have you
Leave Me Alone So I Can Do Ministry!
When productivity replaces hospitality, we miss the point of pastoring.
Perhaps the most dangerous temptations through which an inhospitable spirit takes root in my heart are the simplest, the most human: impatience, defensiveness, pride, and fear.
CT Pastors' Top 16 Articles of 2016
From ministry temptations to high callings, here is this year's best training and wisdom for pastors.
7. The Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Sermon. by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones. From research to outline, and everything in between. 6. My Top 10 Resources on Pastoral Care.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
behavior. 4. Spiritual attacks ramp up while spiritual vigilance goes down. Satan detests faithful ministry, so temptations and deception increase. Ministry
We Were Seduced by Power
Five pastors confess their temptations to manipulate, control, and cling to worldly significance.
Eugene Peterson has written that the church cares too much about image. I confess: I succumb to the temptations of ministry by striving to keep up a certain image all too often.
Can We Stop the Fall from Grace?
It’s unwise to believe we can fight temptation in our own power.
I had already been praying daily for my husband and for myself to be protected from temptations, but this was a reminder not to let up because Satan wasn't going to stop.
3 Temptations of Leadership: Envy
It’s just one of the respectable sins we find easy to hide while it poisons us
3 Temptations of Leadership: Envy. 0; tweet; email; print. Christian leaders struggle with all sorts of temptations. We fool ourselves if we think otherwise.
3 Temptations of Leadership: Pride
Watch out for the many faces of this destructive sin
3 Temptations of Leadership: Pride. Watch out for the many faces of this destructive sin. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. 0; tweet; email; print. In an op-ed
3 Temptations of Leadership: Abuse of Power
Often masked as something else, the sin of leaders can hide in plain sight
3 Temptations of Leadership: Abuse of Power. Often masked as something else, the sin of leaders can hide in plain sight. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. 0; tweet; email; print.
The Year of Fear
How do we minister amid terrorist attacks, racial violence, and the most polarized election in memory?
their tastes, preferences, and political leanings. And the temptations of “image management” are subtle but powerful. “These digital tools extend the pastor's
The Ever-Broadening Role of the Pastor
Over the centuries, shepherding a flock has gotten a bit more complicated.
In spiritual leadership, that means tending your own internal life: your relationship with God, the health of your soul, emotions, attitudes, ambitions, and temptations.
The Church's Next 10,000 Years
When considering the future, could our vision be much too small?
In our congregations, the people who come on Sunday are facing temptations wildly different from those of our grandparents' generation—technologies and trends that are all new and
When One of Us Falls
5 pastors share how they react when a high-profile Christian leader has a moral failing.
And, is it fueling some of these temptations? I believe it is. “Vulnerable to Temptation”. Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rise Up, Part 1
What young women need from their leaders
Though the risk of a fiery furnace now looks more like the darts and bullets of cultural temptations, these women are ready and willing to do life differently than their young adult
Why 'Don't Do It' Doesn't Work
Raised in a culture that porn-ifies sex and deifies desire, today's young adults need a bigger vision of sexuality.
struggles. In recent years, I've heard numerous college students—guys and girls both—talk about their sexual experiences, desires, and temptations.
When to Be Vulnerable
God can use your brokenness to help others.
I wrote an article for a magazine from a women's perspective; pointing out that sexual struggles are not just a "male problem"— women have many of the same temptations.
The Secret of Strategic Neglect
Bill Hybels on the keys to simpler and more effective leadership.
We all have those temporary feel-good activities or temptations we turn to when our souls get depleted, but what we're looking for really are streams of replenishment that do more than