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Poured Out for the Church
Releasing the desire to be right, even when you’ve been wronged
member. The issues might vary, but the wounds hurt nonetheless. The temptation to slip into bitterness is so very real―even alluring at times. There
Four Questions to Ask When Complacency Calls
With all the politicking, protesting, and terrorizing, it’s tempting to give up the fight.
I know I am not alone in my temptation to be complacent and turn inward even while living outwardly in ministry, but I must be willing to take a personal inventory of what is making the
Temptations in Ministry
Sinful behavior may be visible, but the source of that behavior is beneath the surface.
Nouwen interprets the first temptation, Satan's challenging Jesus to turn the stones into bread, as the temptation to be relevant. Or in other words, it is
Moving Forward After a Difficult Week
Unity may indeed be needed after the election, but it’s okay to grieve first.
Biblical lament comes through sorrow and moves toward repentance with the hope or restoration. My temptation is to analyze, shout, argue, demand, and advise on one hand.
Our Best on Ministry’s Dangers, Toils, and Snares
9 tools to help you overcome the temptations of leadership.
Temptation itself is not a bad thing. In fact, you remember the classic distinction between virtue and innocence? Virtue, unlike innocence, has successfully passed a point of temptation.
Ladies Who Lunch—with Men
Do your coworkers follow the Billy Graham Rule?
The “rule” goes something like this: to avoid temptation, or the appearance thereof, it has been said that Billy Graham never meets with a woman alone.
Sister, You Are Not a Mistake
The church needs you and your gifts.
Among the evangelical women I have interviewed, most experienced little interaction with the men in their classes, and were even treated as a sexual temptation.
Sexual Addiction Destroyed My Pastorate
Exposing the truth was just the first step to redemption.
daily encouragement. Our conversations were not about the surface stuff men typically talk about. We shared our temptation and our triggers. We prayed
Tempted to Compare
One scan of social media left me feeling defeated.
into dangerous negative thought patterns. And ministry leaders have the added temptation of comparing their ministry to others'. I came home once from
Mentoring Is More than Teaching
It’s actually a lot more like mothering.
I just knew it would be a great help as she faced this temptation. Nothing, of course. But when we're fighting a serious battle against temptation, we might need something more.
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.
So anxiety is around one corner, and temptation is right around the other. I don't know if any generation has ever lived with such easy access to temptation and fear.
Leave Me Alone So I Can Do Ministry!
When productivity replaces hospitality, we miss the point of pastoring.
But lurking under the veneer of that seemingly innocuous concern for ministry output lays a dangerous temptation: to be, as Henri Nouwen says, relevant.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
When the marriage relationship is tense and isolating, it makes the temptation even more alluring when someone friendly and affirming comes along.
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.
Can We Stop the Fall from Grace?
It’s unwise to believe we can fight temptation in our own power.
Can We Stop the Fall from Grace? It's unwise to believe we can fight temptation in our own power. That's an easy one to answer—SIN. The bottom line is, sin is real. So is temptation.
Adapt, Adjust And Diversify: Some Of Our Differences Make The Church Stronger
As long as the center holds, our differences won’t make the church weaker. They’re an essential element for making us stronger.
The temptation, when faced with such predictions of doom, is to reinforce and require greater adherence to methods that have worked in the past. On core theology, that is essential.
Rest Is Not an Option
The dangerous effects of our fast-paced lives on ministry
In other words, willpower is so weak, and the prefrontal cortex is so overtaxed, that all it takes is five extra bits of information before the brain starts to give in to temptation.".
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.
The state trooper, the Duggars, and the church elders all failed to report the abuse. The temptation is strong for churches to try to handle sexual abuse internally and privately.