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Why I Confessed My Sins to a Jesuit Priest
Even though I’m a Protestant pastor.
The experience of confession was different when it required me to humble myself before God in the presence of another person. It was transformative. Confession as spiritual discipline.
Introducing Lent to Your Congregation
It starts with your example.
Lead people in corporate confession. Do not forget to assure your people of the gospel when the confession is complete! Spiritual leadership of the local church is a great privilege.
Mars Hill Elders' Letter of Confession
Former Mars Hill elders apologize to terminated pastors.
don't intend to convey by this letter that we are the only elders or former elders who've come to similar conclusions, and we hope that in time, the others will join us in public confession.
We Were Seduced by Power
Five pastors confess their temptations to manipulate, control, and cling to worldly significance.
An Invitation to Confession. As pastors, we are called to embrace a way of power defined by the cross of Jesus. Where do we begin? We begin with confession.
Stilling the Storm
A book review
Additional chapters flesh out the nuances of these types and offer examples of how congregational lament can be a balm to crisis and corporate confession and reconciliation can heal
When Loving Your Sheep Hurts
How I found healing after betrayal in ministry
It was a shocking confession that came after a deep betrayal in ministry. Someone I loved had turned on me with terrible accusations and lies, attempting to humiliate and discredit me.
Jesus' Outreach Strategy Is Not Like Ours
He renames and remakes sinners–and we can join him
we like them even more, don't we? For the record, I don't for one moment expect my confession to play out that way. Not only do I feel equally dorky and
Pastoring NewSpring Church after Perry Noble
Clayton King never expected to be a senior pastor. Now he leads one of the largest churches in America.
5:16 says, “Confess your faults to each other and pray for each other so that you might be healed.” If we don't have those people in our lives for accountability, confession, and friendship
Sabbath-Keeping for Pastors
Making rest an indispensable part of your routine.
It's one part confession, one part spiritual reorientation, and one part action planning for more faithful Sabbath-keeping. I've found the exercise as helpful as it is convicting.
Perry Noble, NewSpring Church and Our Obsession with Numbers
Our numbers obsession continues to leave victims in its wake. Now Perry Noble and the tens of thousands of members of NewSpring church are on the list of walking wounded.
This was wrong and sinful, and I'm truly sorry.". An Unhealthy Obsession with Numbers. It is a heartfelt confession. I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to write.
The Already-Exiled Church
Feeling excluded from mainstream culture? Join the club.
We'll find no exonerating answers. An honest confession will prompt repentance. The way forward will be painful. But we know that confession and repentance are acts of grace.
Avoiding Pitfalls in Ministry through Social Media
When we engage online, we face temptation to make too much or too little of ourselves
I recently had a friend tell me she had a secret confession. I prepared myself for a dark, soulish experience, but instead I heard her whisper her desire to start a blog. Seriously?
Deep AND Wide
How we're trying to be 'a seeker church with depth.'
Amid the songs we pause for a "worship focus" that may consist of: Scripture reading (done antiphonally, or in "reader's theater" style, or rapped by a soloist); confession (possibly on our