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The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
I have seen pastors return to pornography after a 10-year abstinence when the stress of success hits home. 6. Opportunities for an affair increase with popularity.
Clergy Gender Pay Gap • ‘Spiritual Treatment’ and Abuse • Sex Offender Pastor: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders. - Article
It was only after his second arrest—in 2014 on child pornography charges—that Eli Echevarria stepped down from leading El Calvario Baptist Church, according to the letters and court
The Duggar Abuse Case: A Lesson for Churches
What churches can learn about the need to report abuse—and the consequences of failing to do so. - Article
mandatory reporter. In an unrelated case, In Touch reports that that trooper is now serving time in prison for possession of child pornography. Once the
Digging For Truth
Josh McDowell on the Bible's truthworthiness, the internet, and the future of the church
In your view, what concerns you about where we are today? Probably my greatest concern and fear is about the invasiveness of the internet—especially regarding pornography.
The Year of Fear
How do we minister amid terrorist attacks, racial violence, and the most polarized election in memory?
Ministry emerges out of a person's character. Today that is tested by the pervasiveness of pornography and electronic gambling, or escapist behaviors such as drinking and overeating.
Using Scripture Well in Pastoral Care
When speaking truth one on one, you're not delivering a sermon.
We need to see the struggles they face. We need to pray, asking God what he wants revealed to the person. Jack, like Tom, also was using pornography.
From Moralizing to Connection
XXXChurch's Steven Luff on how local churches can engage porn addiction.
Any tips for addressing cultural issues of sexuality or pornography without coming across as some frigid puritanical stereotype? Humans are wired for connection.
Keys to Preventing Adultery
Resisting sexual temptation involves taking practical steps and caring for your soul.
important. But sometimes the neglect of a leader's soul—especially during stressful seasons—can increase the appeal of pornography and affairs. It's
Government Funding Case • Gun Bill for Churches • Denominational Silence: News Roundup
This week's headlines that affect churches and church leaders. - Article
been with us for several months, when I had returned from a summer holiday, it was brought to my attention that Echevarria had been recently arrested for possessing child pornography
Unprecedented, All Over Again.
3 of today's crises the church has faced before.
sexes, for mirth and jollity" late into the night "without regard to any order in the families they belonged to." There was even a nasty controversy over boys passing around pornography.
Every Idle Word: 8 Cautions for Ministers on Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool for good, for evil, and for mischief. These eight ideas can help keep conversations civil and reputations intact.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
can't trust our online behavior. In this post, I'm not referring to such obviously sinful behaviors as watching pornography. I'm looking at seemingly innocent
My First Sexuality Sermon
Can I keep it biblical and interesting without becoming TOO interesting?
But what should that be? Is it my place to talk about pornography to the men in my congregation? I'm not sure I feel comfortable with that. And pornography is not only viewed by men.
Max Lucado: Dangerous Voices
Don't be quick to believe what others say about you—whether it's bad or especially if it's good.
As a pastor, what are some uniquely loud voices that you're hearing? Every time somebody says, “You're such a wonderful spiritual leader,” there is a temptation to believe that.
Lamentation of Discipline • Church Pays in Murder Case • Suspect Schvitz: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders. - Article
According to Christianity Today, Hinkley filed for an annulment after she learned that her husband had been addicted to child pornography since before their marriage.
Divide Over Franklin Graham's Comment ...
Bob Jones Retracts Idea, 10 of the Worst Christian T-Shirts, and other interesting links
Men, Sinful Cravings, and Pornography - Two related articles; first, one by JD Greear when you wonder why God doesn't simply remove the cravings: "[S]ometimes God allows us to
IN Discrimination or Freedom? • Atheist Tax-Exempt Status • Firing a Minister Teacher: News Roundup
This week's news headlines that affect churches. - Article
Preaching Brothers Sentenced for Child Pornography. The second of two brothers has finally been sentenced for sexually exploiting girls in a Baptist youth group in Texas.
Superstitious Christians
And other items from around the web.
homosexuality? How does a Christian live in a world of sex slavery and rampant pornography, a world where babies are aborted and widows are abandoned?
InterVarsity Victory • Legal Suicide • Noah's Tax Incentives: News Roundup
This week's news headlines that affect churches - Article
2013, two brothers assisting with youth ministry at Arapaho Road Baptist Church (ARBC) in Garland, Texas, were arrested on charges that ranged from molestation to child pornography
Changing Notions of Community
Guiding church in a time of declining attendance.
Brandon: It's like the famous phrase from a Supreme Court justice on pornography: "I know it when I see it." Having too-firm boundaries— whether the Eucharist, reading Scripture, or a
Wednesday Link List: The Nativity Factor, Gagnam Style Revisited, and More
Should auld links be forgot, and never brought to mind?
In this case, it's the latter; the Top 100 (or so) church logos. In counseling pornography addiction, sometimes it's helpful to identify the motivation. Here are six reasons people watch.
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