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Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
I was constantly hounded by the temptation to believe I was the secret sauce behind it, but instead I decided to believe I was merely its pastor during a God-blessed season.
Bravely Live Out Your Calling
Joan of Arc is a prophetic witness for us all.
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This would not be Joan's trajectory. As her calling became clearer, she seemed to understand that it would require a life of utter abandon to and dependence upon God.
Kyle Idleman: God Never Wastes What We Go Through
Helping people experience grace and embracing confession in pastoral ministry.
It's such a privilege to see God take something very difficult and use it to teach people dependence on him, teach people compassion, teach people gratitude that is not based on their
Preaching Paradox and the Paradox of Preaching
Dangling questions can be more powerful than trite answers.
I have always struggled to understand God and faith and how they relate to everyday life. “Who made God, miss? Is God bigger than the universe, miss?
Losing the Weight of New Year’s Resolutions
This year, I’m letting God write my resolutions.
Losing the Weight of New Year's Resolutions. This year, I'm letting God write my resolutions. It seems like I could do so much more for God's kingdom if I just buckled down.
I'm Here for You . . . Kinda
Ministry is filled with at least four different kinds of relationships.
The healthiest way to know how to “be here” for each other is to find our deepest dependence on God. While God's desire is for his church to be a place
Finding God's Will for Your Life Is Easier than You Think
Many Christians overplay the importance of God's specific will, while underestimating the value of God's universal will.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church LeadershipSeptember 12, 2016. Finding God's Will for Your Life Is Easier than You Think Finding God's will for your life is not as difficult as we make it out to be.
Church Turnaround Is An Attitude, Not An Event
Turnarounds require rebuilding of broken trust, reestablishing of eternal principles and repairing of damaged relationships.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Turnarounds require rebuilding of broken trust, reestablishing of eternal principles and repairing of damaged relationships.
What Only God Can Do
After you've done everything humanly possible.
What Only God Can Do. After you've done everything humanly possible. Dennis time. God told me to come here and pay my tithe at this church this afternoon.".
The Dangers of a Bait-and-Switch Easter Sunday
Avoiding the pitfalls of special services.
opportunity. The resurrection of the Son of God is not an opportunity to market our programs or build "my" church, even under the guise of concern for lost.
The Glorious Side of Darkness
A.J. Swoboda believes light is not the only place where God dwells.
In my experience, it is those with the least who are most desperate for God. In fact, having everything one needs can greatly reduce one's constant dependence on God.
Getting to 'Aha'
Kyle Idleman discusses three phases of transformation.
The journey begins with helplessness. That "aha" begins with recognizing your need and dependence on God. It's not a "you-can-do-this" message. It's a "God-can-do-this" message.
Lead Me On: When Stephen Colbert Says That’s Not Good Enough
Are you measuring against the wrong benchmark?
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Among other things, he is famous for sticking it to 450 prophets of Baal by taunting their insufficient god and then bringing down first fire and then rain that relieved an entire nation from
Consistent Sexual Sacrifice
It's simple. It's radical. And it's essential to supporting church members with gay longings.
We can't convince people who don't want to be convinced. As PT Forsythe put it, "No reason of man can justify God in a world like this. This is God's first command in the Bible.
When You Just Can’t Care Anymore
Preventing and healing compassion fatigue
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I began to forget that there were healthy, loving families with well-adjusted teenagers. As a Christ-follower, I began to forget the faithfulness and goodness of God.
The Spiritual Roots of Addiction
Seth Haines talks about his battle with alcoholism and how leaders can help addicts find freedom.
For me, over-drinking turned into full-fledged dependence when Titus, my fourth son, was admitted to Arkansas When his sickness seemed the direst, I gave up on both God and prayer.
Enjoy God’s Gifts
An Interview with Joe Rigney
Paul tells us to give thanks always and for everything. Then, having acknowledged God's goodness and our dependence, we dream and act so as to do good to others.
Hope Keeps Us Hungry
And our greatest testimony is found in hunger
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I choose to stand with those at the edge of flames and say with my life, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand
Pastoral Transition: Setting Your Church Up For Ministry Success After You're Gone
The church was here long before us, and it will be here long after us. Let's leave it better for the next pastor.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
I want to do everything I can, with God's help, to set the church up for successful, kingdom need to change, or we can help the church we pastor move towards less dependence on us.
John Newton: Slave Trader, Abolitionist, Song-Writer, Pastor
An interview with Tony Reinke about what made John Newton a relatable pastor
As Christians, we struggle to find our source and satisfaction in God, we struggle against all the false bait of the world, we struggle against our flesh, and we struggle against the devil.
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