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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.
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
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
Confronting Sin
Confronting Sin. Dennis Fletcher. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Click the image for a full-size version. Confronting Sin.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
That Discussion You’re Dreading Is a Ministry Opportunity
How to dive into crucial conversations without clamming up or lashing out.
reality. This new perspective will help you identify the type of crucial conversation you're having. Does this conversation hinge on unaddressed sin? Is
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?
I Discipled a Murderer
When people don't change, are our efforts in vain?
I Discipled a Murderer. When people don't change, are our efforts in vain? Carmille Akande. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Image: Benedetto Cristofani.
When You're a Pastor Who Suffers from Depression
What the story of Elijah (and psychological research) tells us about how to cope.
Meanwhile, a more insidious misunderstanding surrounding depression exists in the church, that depression is, without exception, the direct result of personal sin.
"You're Going to Die," and 22 Other Small Group Icebreakers
Reinvigorate your Bible study—and expose its total depravity!
Is their life better than yours? What hidden sin would you not like to confess tonight? Luther said to "sin boldly." What font type would you use to sin? You're going to die.
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