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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.
Moving Forward After a Difficult Week
Unity may indeed be needed after the election, but it’s okay to grieve first. - Article
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? - Article
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. - Article
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. - Article
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. - Article
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.
4 Ways to Invite God into Your Planning Meetings
Put the ministry back in your administration.
So in meetings, when I stop to name the significance of the task at hand, I help my team fight the temptation to panic by, instead, using it as an opportunity to tell the Lord how much we
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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
Rest Is Not an Option
The dangerous effects of our fast-paced lives on ministry - Article
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. - Article
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.
What Tech Should My Church Get?
A hasty technology purchase can cost you big time down the road.
Savage at Valley Springs agrees: “There is an easy temptation, particularly in churches, to value engineer technology purchases in a way that is detrimental to ministry.
We Were Seduced by Power
Five pastors confess their temptations to manipulate, control, and cling to worldly significance.
No Turning Back
Like Daniel, follow God regardless of who’s following you - Article
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 - Article
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
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
Christian Celebrity
A dual temptation winks at every leader - Article
A dual temptation winks at every leader. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. 0; tweet; email; print. I imagine that most of us would answer with an emphatic "No!" But the temptation is there.
Slay the Beast of Ambition before It Slays You
3 ministry proverbs to quell competition and cultivate humility.
What Will Pastors Preach after the Election of Donald Trump?
After a bitter, divisive election, what will the nation's ministers say?
and to seek approval. Giving into this temptation would distract us from our calling to be the distinct people of God for the common good. We're choosing
Lead Me On: Dodging Dogma
Like Moses, I must resist the temptation to add my own requirements to God’s - Article
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.
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