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Did 2016 Expose America's (And the Church's) Fame Addiction?
The church should be providing a counter-cultural balance to our fame obsession. Instead, we're feeding into it.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church & CultureDecember 30, 2016. Did 2016 Expose America's (And the Church's) Fame Addiction? The church should be providing a counter-cultural
The Spiritual Roots of Addiction
Seth Haines talks about his battle with alcoholism and how leaders can help addicts find freedom.
There is a tension between expecting victory over sin and the reality of addiction and sin as a lifelong struggle. Even Christian leaders can be vulnerable to addiction and temptation.
Pastors in Recovery
Admitting an addiction has its risks ... and real ministry benefits.
He now serves as pastor of congregation life and recovery at EverGreen Ministries in Hudsonville, Michigan, and he is open about his addiction. He
Lent for Leaders
In our effort to help others observe the season, we can fail to consider what we need. - Article
Perhaps, you're battling an addiction of some kind that you haven't admitted, even to yourself. Or maybe you have deep-seated anger toward others or yourself.
Hollowed Out, Hallowed In
Leading during a time of personal trauma - Article
It involved my discovery of decades-long drug and alcohol abuse, addiction, and mental health disorders in an immediate family member. Addiction. Mental health disorders.
These Churches Fought Domestic Poverty with the Gospel
And It Worked
Burkhead recounted, “I honestly believe she had no idea how her addiction kept her from getting or keeping jobs, so the course provided that practical help by opening her up to the
Offer Support, Not Shame
10 Things I’ve Learned while Walking with Wives of Sexual Offenders - Article
Now is the time for raw and regular conversations about healthy sexuality, sexual addiction, and sexual sin. Now is the time to ramp up our best practices and protective policies.
Called into a Mess
Pastoring is rarely glamorous, and often chaotic. That’s normal. That’s ministry.
My head trustee who had a key to every room in the church relapsed into a crack addiction, and I had to juggle ministering a parishioner in need of his pastor and protecting the church
Sabbath-Keeping for Pastors
Making rest an indispensable part of your routine.
distraction, escape, and avoiding reflection. Richard Foster in Celebration of Discipline asks, “How do you discern an addiction? Very simply, you watch
From Moralizing to Connection
XXXChurch's Steven Luff on how local churches can engage porn addiction.
you've seen? I've lead church-based sexual addiction recovery groups for the past seven years and continue now through I've
Where Lust Leads
One pastor's journey through sex addiction.
me feel guilty and ashamed. My addiction and my faith went to war, and my soul was the battlefield. How was it a battlefield? Because I knew my private
4 Surprising Benefits of Seminary
What I learned in a classroom that proved helpful in leading a church.
But when we take the work more seriously than ourselves, we spare our congregants from unwittingly feeding our approval addiction. A family will be torn apart by addiction.
What Tommy Taught Me
Our church’s walk with a homeless man marked us indelibly.
Particularly, as we share in the burdens of people living through homelessness, addiction, and absolute loneliness, we learn that we must love them not only in life but in death too.
6 Things I've Learned Hanging Out with Addicts
Stepping out to the margins blew up my ministry.
That's her family reunion. Karen finished her 90 days, but can't seem to break the generational cycle of drug addiction. 4. The Gospel isn't Just Academic Theory. It's a Tangible Hope.
The Spirituality of Slowing Down and Shutting Up
How do you connect with God in a society of perpetual noise and busyness?
In silence and slowing down we learn that we will survive, indeed thrive, as we cease activity. We gain the trust to take a break from our work and stop
Sacrificing the Body
Too many pastors are neglecting their physical health—and it's killing them.
That pastors would suffer from stress-related health problems is nothing new. From the 16th century to the early 20th century, clergy lived longer in European
The Church that Drinks Together
In our town, refusing to drink alcohol may be a bigger stumbling block than serving it.
In this context, perhaps it's no surprise that, in our small congregation, we have people with wine memberships and people who work at wineries. Some members brew their own beer.
How Pride Destroys Leadership, Part 2
I repeated Hezekiah’s mistakes—and learned the same lessons - Article
My intentions were to serve God with a pure heart and love people, but my actions were fed by underlying pride and approval addiction, producing artificial results.
The Loving-Kindness of Covenant Membership
Despite the risk of pastoral misuse, churches need a model for intentional soul-care.
Rob was a fairly new believer, struggled with addiction, and longed for a fresh start and a church home. As we talked, I learned that Rob was living with his girlfriend.
When Sin Works
Manipulation and coercion can help you succeed in ministry, but the tradeoff is hell.
agenda. Our addiction to sin lies in its ability to give us exactly what we want. “You will be like God,” the serpent says. Ah yes, like God, but not with him.
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