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Over 1,000 Children Abused by Pennsylvania Priests Over Decades
New grand jury report catalogs astonishing breadth of child sexual abuse by priests. - Article
Last week, First Things published “An Open Letter from Young Catholics” that called for, among other things, “a new intolerance of clerical abuse and sexual sin, and public acts of
The Invisible Scandal: How Bad Debt And Poor Stewardship Are Killing The Church's Reputation
People want to give. God wants to provide. Our churches need to be places worthy of those gifts and that provision.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
It's so common we seldom think of it as the sin it is, or how badly it hurts people and tarnishes the reputation of the church in the eyes of those affected by it. It's sin. And it is a scandal.
3 Ways I’m Nurturing My Emotional Intelligence
A heart moved by the gospel will be stirred with empathy for others.
A few years ago I was counseling a church member who opened up about a struggle with sin. I had given him a monologue, expecting him to figure out what to do about his sin alone.
Your Facebook Account Has Not Been Hacked – But Your Credibility Might Have Been
If we can’t be trusted to get verifiable facts right, how can we be trusted about a story that rests on the fact of a dead body rising from the grave?
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The core truth of the gospel is the greatest message ever known. There is a God; He loves us; He sent his son to live, die and rise again to forgive the sin that separates us from him.
Confronting Sin
Confronting Sin. Dennis Fletcher. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Click the image for a full-size version. Confronting Sin.
When Pastors Are Sexual Abuse Survivors
Childhood trauma can sabotage ministry in sinister ways.
For the first time I began to wonder if—underneath my sin, unwise choices, arrogance, and ignorance—that strange memory from sixth grade had something to do with this.
Pastor, Take a Vacation—for the Good of Your Church
You are not the linchpin holding your congregation together.
In his ever-timely book The Contemplative Pastor, Eugene Peterson quotes Hilary of Tours who describes a sin so often committed by pastors: irreligiosa sollicitudo pro Deo, a
Changing the Conversation about Holiness
Jess Connolly on calling, co-leading a church, and challenging people to be more in awe of God - Article
To let them watch us need Jesus, which means letting them watch us sin, letting them watch us have bad days, have weak days, and find hope in him, find favor in him.
Find Your Prophetic Voice
First steps you can take to learn to speak out against injustice - Article
of Robert E. Lee condemned racism at the Video Music Awards on MTV, stating, "As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America's original sin." He admitted, “I wish
Confronting the Toxic Power in Me
High-profile stories of fallen pastors can distract us from ourselves or hold up a mirror to our souls.
For many years, when stories like this surfaced we would often respond with swift judgment. Not just judgment of the individuals caught in sin, but judgment of the megachurch model.
The Ministry of Absence
Why Henri Nouwen warned pastors about becoming "too available."
come. We live “before God and with God” as imperfect creations, marred by sin and limited by our ability to see only “in a mirror dimly” (1 Cor. 13:12).
Hey, Boomers! Let’s Step Up And Be The Elders The Church Desperately Needs Right Now
We've been doing this badly, folks. Here are three simple steps to help my generation of Boomers become better at discipling the next generation.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
t). The biggest “sin” millennials have committed in the eyes of many of my Boomer colleagues is … not wanting to do church exactly the way we did it.
How to Care for Abuse Survivors in Your Congregation
Practical ways to care for the wounded.
task. Acknowledge the wounds left by sin. Trauma them.”. Not only does God see our sin, but he also sees the ways we have been hurt by others' sin. He
When a Member of Your Church Is Dying
Preparing yourself and your church to embrace purpose and service when death looms.
Pastors can start now, preaching from the pulpit a solidly biblical view of suffering. Yes, sin kills; hell is real. God wants us to live in reality, and sin can deceive us.
The Power of Women Helping Each Other
Follow the example of Harriet Tubman. - Article
Just as Tubman went back to help others, we must also "go back" and help those still enslaved by sin, those who are struggling with hardships, and those who need to be mentored.
Give People Dignity the World Has Taken Away
What an alcoholic pastor taught me about administering the presence of God.
and resurrection. I knew Bill wasn't clinging to me—he was clinging to God, just as I wasn't merely crying over Bill's sin—I was mourning my own. The
Sexual Addiction Destroyed My Pastorate
Exposing the truth was just the first step to redemption.
recover. I began to attend a men's ministry at Vineyard Columbus that helped men who struggle with sexual sin. I wives. God Redeemed My Sin. After
When You Feel Like You Can Never Do Enough
How to follow a sacrificial Savior without losing yourself in ministry - Article
So when I became a Christian—which I did because I wanted to know God, not because I felt a lot of guilt for sin—I wasn't sure what to do when I learned I was sinner.
Social Media Sin?
Social Media Sin? 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Click the image for a full-size version. Social Media Sin?
How Pastors Can Reclaim the Role of Spiritual Parent
I don’t wear a collar, but "Father" is still the best description of my calling.
of bourbon: “Daddy, please stop.”. Often they are now parents who find themselves unable to break the generational cycles of sin. They come to us looking
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