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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
My Struggle to Remain Faithful
I’m not shocked by leaders on the Ashley Madison list.
WomenLeaders.com - Article
Jesus' words haunted me: "You have heard the commandment that says, 'You must not commit adultery.' But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed
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.
Where Lust Leads
One pastor's journey through sex addiction.
And she read two articles from Leadership Journal, "The War Within: An Anatomy of Lust" and "The War Within Continues." She was grateful for these as they were instrumental in giving
Unprecedented, All Over Again.
3 of today's crises the church has faced before.
Rather than blaming social evils for the failure of families to live up to that purpose, Bavinck helps congregants see how their personal sins of selfishness, lust, greed, pride, disbelief
Pastor, Know Thyself
Uproot your besetting sins with introspection and action.
I have engaged my will head-on with sexual lust. There is nothing passive in my will when the lion of lust comes out of the bushes. I don't lie down and wait for a miracle.
Using Scripture Well in Pastoral Care
When speaking truth one on one, you're not delivering a sermon.
ongoing walk of faith. To quickly quote a verse about lust and to assume that's all it takes to address the deficit is sadly inadequate. Pastor Fred missed
3 Truths About the ‘Dark Night of the Soul’
A painful and profound reality that shatters illusions.
awakening. I suspect St. John would see this pastor's difficulty with prayer, his lack of passion, and even his pull toward lust as signs of the dark night. The
When Sin Works
Manipulation and coercion can help you succeed in ministry, but the tradeoff is hell.
That's why Jesus instructed those of us in his kingdom to do the small things well: be honest, control your temper, erase lust from your life, pray, give to the poor, help people carry things
My First Sexuality Sermon
Can I keep it biblical and interesting without becoming TOO interesting?
I'm not sure I feel comfortable with that. Or maybe it's time to add a woman's perspective? There have been voices lately that have introduced the possibility that lust is not unique to men.
There's No Such Thing as Mental Illness
And other items from around the web.
No Staff Christmas Party Here - "Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing some officials who lust for power at all costs
Pro-Death, and Pointing Fingers
Repenting from a skewed perspective on sin.
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery' (finger-point-sin); but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her (shared-sin) has already
My Bitter Quesadilla
When a close friend left my church, I faced the inevitability of relational failure.
Yes, lust is failure, as are adultery and murder. But the first failure was a failure to be in position, a failure to try to lead the people of God into the right kinds of battles.
Irritating Stereotypes That Make Me a Better Pastor
Three obnoxious assumptions that just happen to be true.
Listening to people in the confessional, he's learned what anger, lust, and greed sound like, how they darken a soul and lead some to the point of killing another human being.
Ending the Sexual Prosperity Gospel (Part 1)
Abstinence “sticks and carrots” don’t work like we promise. But what can take their place?
We established abstinence programs like True Love Waits, and popularized cultural practices like purity rings. If you step back, the effort was quite impressive.
Ending the Sexual Prosperity Gospel (Part 2)
Abstinence “sticks and carrots” don’t work like we promise. But what can take their place?
I've also stopped focusing on behavior modification. The abstinence approach as it is has one goal: changing behavior. This is well-intentioned, but wrong.
'Help, I'm Gay'
A pastoral conversation about same-sex attraction
Jones: Many of our churches have not done a great job of making a space where people can open their hearts to one another regarding this issue and transparently seek God.
Sex Talk and God Talk
Some people have an easier time talking about sex than about God.
What do we have to say about the complex and ever-volatile issues surrounding sex and sexual identity? According to Michael Sytsma at BuildingChurchLeaders
True Discipleship Waits
What ever happened to self control?
Research among Millennials is revealing the impact of being shaped by an instant gratification culture. It shows Millennials have an unrealistic expectation
Leaving My Lesbian Past
The church that walked with me away from homosexuality.
Throughout most of the sermon, Pastor Bob's face held a smile. Sometimes he would catch my eye, and it felt like he was speaking straight to me. He
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