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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
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
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.
Temptations in Ministry
Sinful behavior may be visible, but the source of that behavior is beneath the surface.
we do or accomplish, but because God has created and redeemed us in love and has chosen us to proclaim that love as the true source of all human life.” The temptation in seeking to
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every time somebody says, “You're such a wonderful spiritual leader,” there is a temptation to believe that. But there's a temptation to believe that I am.
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.
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.
We Were Seduced by Power
Five pastors confess their temptations to manipulate, control, and cling to worldly significance.
I am not alone. Tyler Johnson, lead pastor of Redemption Church Arizona. In ministry there is a consistent temptation to make a name for yourself. Like
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
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.
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