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Sexual Addiction Destroyed My Pastorate
Exposing the truth was just the first step to redemption.
I was in a deep depression and barely able to function. Having struggled with depression since 1986, I was no stranger to its horror, but this was the
Keys to Preventing Adultery
Resisting sexual temptation involves taking practical steps and caring for your soul.
Many of us wear what I call "the pastor mask," to project a persona that's better than we really are. Many pastors feel like they can't admit to struggling with sexual sin.
My Struggle to Remain Faithful
I’m not shocked by leaders on the Ashley Madison list.
Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. 0; tweet; email; print. It's pretty easy for women in ministry to fall into adultery—much easier than you probably think. It
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
They had come through a rough spot a few years back—a testimony to God's redemptive grace. Annie had left Tom, and then had gone on to spend six months in serial adultery.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
3. Pastors themselves think they are doingfine. Because of the results they are seeing, pastors may sell their own soul a piece at a time for the sake of success.
Our spiritual allegiance must not be divided
They are words that I don't like to use, such as war and murder. Then James goes for The Scarlet Letter: he labels double-minded living as adultery. He
Why Churches Lose Their Way
Joe Thorn discusses how congregations can rediscover the biblical basis of who they are and what they’re called to do.
reformative. It's supposed to be helpful. We had a church member who called me up and said, “I committed adultery, and I just told my wife. I'm scared.
How Should the Church Handle Adultery?
God’s mercy provides a way out…do we?
How Should the Church Handle Adultery? God's mercy provides a way out…do we? Read as Single PagePage 1 of 4. 0; tweet; email; print. Have you been marred by the sin of adultery?
4 Ways to Invite God into Your Planning Meetings
Put the ministry back in your administration.
While the Law focused on external actions—for example, murder and adultery—Jesus fulfilled those laws, reminding people that anger and lust are greater concerns.
<em>You</em> Are the Missing Link in Your Ministry
To make an impact with women, we have to be willing to connect on a personal level
Jesus blessed the woman caught in the act of adultery, he spoke to the woman at the well, he healed the woman crippled for 18 years, and he freed the woman of her 12-year issue of
No More Stones
I thought I was beyond redemption, but I learned to accept God’s love for me
judge. Eager to throw stones, the Pharisees asked Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her.
Zeal Flips Tables
Jesus wasn't always Mr. Nice Guy. Church leaders shouldn't be either.
taken the temple, originally intended as a symbol of God's favor, and turned it into a token or talisman of protection, thinking they could get away with idolatry, theft, adultery, and murder
Unprecedented, All Over Again.
3 of today's crises the church has faced before.
the seduction and the hatred of men, both idolizing and killing children; sexual immorality, human trafficking, concubinage, bigamy, polygamy, polyandry, adultery, divorce, incest
Pastors: Don't Gloat Over Ashley Madison
The adulterer you condemn may be in your pews.
As Jesus shows us in challenging the woman caught in adultery to “Go and sin no more,” being caught does not preclude genuine repentance. Biblically
Why I Preach Grace-Filled Sermons
Your congregation needs rest, not a “to-do” list.
Or a “to-rest-in” item. When Jesus forgave the woman taken in adultery, he left two messages ringing in her ears: “Neither do I condemn you” and “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11).
Consistent Sexual Sacrifice
It's simple. It's radical. And it's essential to supporting church members with gay longings.
As a pastor, I do not try to foster consistent sexual sacrifice in the church in order to convince people outside. We can't convince people who don't want to be convinced.
I want to live the way David did, pursuing God’s heart
just wrecked me. (Check out 2 Samuel 12 and then read Psalm 22!) Yes, David committed murder and adultery—he was no missionary or priest. I saw
The Hopeful Reality of Church Scandal
Humbled by recent events, the church has an opportunity to shine even more brilliantly.
wear. So adorned, we can sing with David the verses he penned following his adultery, “let the bones that you have broken rejoice” (Psalm 51:8b). Karen
When a Same-Sex Couple Asks ‘Will You Marry Us?’
However we respond, let's communicate love.
Jesus understood this. We all know the story where a woman caught in the act of adultery is dragged before Jesus (John 8). The people who brought her wanted her dead.
Pastor, What Do You Do for Fun?
If you put so much time into ministry that you don't have time for fun, here's why you need to make time.
It's right there, alongside commandments we would never think of breaking, like "Do not murder" and "Do not commit adultery." Sabbath is on that level of importance.