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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Leave Me Alone So I Can Do Ministry!
When productivity replaces hospitality, we miss the point of pastoring.
Perhaps the most dangerous temptations through which an inhospitable spirit takes root in my heart are the simplest, the most human: impatience, defensiveness, pride, and fear.
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.".
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.
Why I Don’t Trust New Year’s Resolutions or 10-Year Plans
Innovation has more room to breathe when we’re operating within God’s seasons instead of on our schedules.
We need to avoid the temptation to add “God said it” to our ideas and schedules – as good as they may be. But we need to avoid the temptation to add
No Turning Back
Like Daniel, follow God regardless of who’s following you
When aspiring to lead, when entrusted with a leadership role, when seen as a leader, each one of us faces a huge temptation. It's the temptation to believe leading is the goal.
We Are Called to Desire (Part 1)
4 unfounded fears that come with wanting
gagged. 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). However
We Were Seduced by Power
Five pastors confess their temptations to manipulate, control, and cling to worldly significance.
The Year of Fear
How do we minister amid terrorist attacks, racial violence, and the most polarized election in memory?
“These digital tools extend the pastor's influence, but they also increase the temptation of platform building and self-promotion,” says Kyle Rohane, managing editor of CTPastors.com.
Lead Me On: Dodging Dogma
Like Moses, I must resist the temptation to add my own requirements to God’s
Lead Me On: Dodging Dogma. Like Moses, I must resist the temptation to add my own requirements to God's. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. 0; tweet; email; print.
Feasting and Fellowship in the Age of Food Allergies
Eating can be a source of fellowship—but in a fallen and allergy-ridden world, it can also present challenges.
The temptation is to turn our nose up at our neighbor's offerings. For some of us, eating together is a risk. For others, it is a temptation to shame and judgment.
This Easter, Let’s Tell a Better Story
A friendly encouragement to every pastor (including me) to get out of the way and let the cross stand alone this Easter.
Again. As pastors, we need to resist the temptation to trade down for good, but lesser stories. As pastors, we need to resist the temptation to trade down for good, but lesser stories.