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Does Your Church Have the Right Model?
How to decide.
It wasn't through sexual sin, but through emotional abandonment.”. The Current Landscape. This smorgasbord of church strategies can be confusing and intimidating for church leaders.
The Power of Women Helping Each Other
Follow the example of Harriet Tubman.
Just as Tubman went back to help others, we must also "go back" and help those still enslaved by sin, those who are struggling with hardships, and those who need to be mentored.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
3. Pastors themselves think they are doingfine. Because of the results they are seeing, pastors may sell their own soul a piece at a time for the sake of success.
When You Feel Like You Can Never Do Enough
How to follow a sacrificial Savior without losing yourself in ministry
So when I became a Christian—which I did because I wanted to know God, not because I felt a lot of guilt for sin—I wasn't sure what to do when I learned I was sinner.
Lent for Leaders
In our effort to help others observe the season, we can fail to consider what we need.
Perhaps you've noticed that some of your congregants use Lent as a way to gain God's favor rather than repenting of sin and consecrating themselves to God.
Ashley Madison and the Danger of Glamorizing the Sin We Denounce
Exposing someone to a previously unknown opportunity to sin makes us foolhardy at best, and co-conspirators at worst.
Exposing someone to a previously unknown opportunity to sin makes us foolhardy at best, and co-conspirators at worst. Does Emphasizing Sin Unintentionally Promote Sin?
The Root of Ministry Effectiveness
What every church leader should know about organizational culture
Different ministries seemed to operate by different rules. It wasn't that the church hid a major sin or intentionally misled this leader during the search.
Let's Stop Adding ‘Yeah, But’ to Simple Declarations of Grace
Sometimes grace needs to take an uninterrupted victory lap through our lives.
by Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Bhope34 | Flickr. 0; tweet; email; print. Sin is real. But grace is stronger. That is also true when we talk about sin and grace.
Advent: Waiting for Everything to Be as It Should
Including the church.
This Advent, I've been singing O Holy Night with new fervor: Long lay the world in sin and error pining. 'Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
My Struggle to Remain Faithful
I’m not shocked by leaders on the Ashley Madison list.
It shocks us to hear that women leaders struggle with sexual sin, but it's more common than we know. So let me break the silence and tell you about my own struggles with sexual sin.
When Sin Works
Manipulation and coercion can help you succeed in ministry, but the tradeoff is hell.
So we do whatever it takes. How do you live in a world where sin works? What will happen after we obey this Jesus? What occurs after we crucify this sin within us?
How to Spot Rising Women Leaders
If we want to see more women leaders in the church, we need to look for them.
God's redemptive plan is to restore everything destroyed by sin, including male-female relationships. The church—and the world—need what women leaders uniquely offer.
We Are Called to Desire (Part 2)
4 unexpected gifts that come with wanting
In a sermon titled “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection,” a 19th-century Scottish theologian argued that spiritual transformation is not simply about sin-avoidance.
Has Accountability Disappeared from the Church?
It’s no wonder we’ve lost our influence
I recently had a conversation with a pastor who was living in habitual sin. I pleaded, “How can you stand and teach your congregation and continue in sin?”.
We Are Called to Desire (Part 1)
4 unfounded fears that come with wanting
Suspicion 1: Desire is to blame for sin. And in one sense, desire is to be blamed for sin. James told us in his epistle that evil desires can lure us into temptation (James 1:14-15).
Can We Stop the Fall from Grace?
It’s unwise to believe we can fight temptation in our own power.
Three days after I read an article by a church leader who had fallen into sexual sin with someone in the church, my husband asked me to pray with him because he felt he was being