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Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
trying. I decided that even one word from the mouth of God was enough to live on. decision. God wanted me to hang in there until those 30 leaders could emerge.
Bravely Live Out Your Calling
Joan of Arc is a prophetic witness for us all. - Article
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.
Losing the Weight of New Year’s Resolutions
This year, I’m letting God write my resolutions.
That was God-given, emboldening, and challenging without being a burden. The thing about God-given resolutions is that they are of the “easy yoke and light burden” variety.
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
Preaching Paradox and the Paradox of Preaching
Dangling questions can be more powerful than trite answers.
As a preacher, it is very satisfying at the end of a service, to hear someone say that I helped them understand God better or helped them see something fresh in Scripture.
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.
God has blessed us far beyond our testing. Yet today, when I lack confidence, I pray, God, if you don't do it, it won't be done. And I don't want to do any of it without you.
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.
Lead Me On: When Stephen Colbert Says That’s Not Good Enough
Are you measuring against the wrong benchmark? - Article
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
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.
Hope Keeps Us Hungry
And our greatest testimony is found in hunger - Article
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
When You Just Can’t Care Anymore
Preventing and healing compassion fatigue - Article
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.
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.
The Barnacles of Life
What Dallas Willard taught me about living the Jesus way in ministry.
"The main thing God gets out of your life," Dallas said, "is not the achievements you accomplish, it's the person you become. The soul is at-rest when the soul is with-God.
Getting to 'Aha'
Kyle Idleman discusses three phases of transformation.
Is there anything we can do beyond praying? I work hard to find those points where the Word of God intersects with a person's life. We need to say, "Here's what God has called you to.
The Secret of Strategic Neglect
Bill Hybels on the keys to simpler and more effective leadership.
But we have to say, "I'm going to entrust that conflict or problem or dilemma to smart people whom God has assigned to resolve that. I will strategically
John Newton: Slave Trader, Abolitionist, Song-Writer, Pastor
An interview with Tony Reinke about what made John Newton a relatable pastor
Many of the letters Newton received were from friends who were facing desperate losses, or facing spiritual questions about whether God really loved them genuinely.
A Fruitful Balance
An interview with Eric Bryant.
Hear God's voice. Anyone who hears God's voice, refuses to be derailed by trials or give in to temptation can be fruitful—becoming 30, 60, 100 times more fruitful than we could imagine.
Drawing Your Sermon
How sketching diagrams, images, and “cluster corners” enlivened my sermon prep.
Dependence on the most creative Person in the world, the Holy Spirit, enables us to not only improve the way we communicate God's Word but to encounter him in the process.
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