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The "Eighth Deadly Sin" Revisited

A few weeks ago, I mentioned in this Leader's Insight that I wanted to hear about "The Eighth Deadly Sin." Since the next issue of Leadership journal focuses on the theme of deadly sins of ministry, I thought it would be fascinating (as well as fun) to invite you, the 22,000 readers of Leadership Weekly, to nominate a contemporary temptation that would rank alongside the classic snares of Envy, Anger, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, and Pride.

Did you ever come through! We received scores of thoughtful nominations. And many of them will be included in Leadership. I won't spoil the surprise by revealing what's coming out in Leadership next month, but I do want to make my own nomination.

The Eighth Deadly Sin, at least from where I sit, is Fear.

I never considered fear a sin until I started noticing how often in the Bible we're commanded NOT to fear. Consider Joshua 1:9 — "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God ...

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