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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.
Confronting Sin. Dennis Fletcher. 0; tweet; link. share; share. expand: email; print. Click the image for a full-size version. Confronting 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
Changing the Conversation about Holiness
Jess Connolly on calling, co-leading a church, and challenging people to be more in awe of God
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
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
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.
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.
The Power of Women Helping Each Other
Follow the example of Harriet Tubman.
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
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.
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.
Social Media Sin?
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What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant Pastors
For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange.
relationships. It's harder to talk here about sin, salvation, heaven, and hell. strong. In America, we don't really emphasize our sin, our righteousness, our salvation.
Lent for Leaders
In our effort to help others observe the season, we can fail to consider what we need.
Perhaps you've noticed that some of your congregants use Lent as a way to gain God's favor rather than repenting of sin and consecrating themselves to God.
"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.
Ashley Madison and the Danger of Glamorizing the Sin We Denounce
Exposing someone to a previously unknown opportunity to sin makes us foolhardy at best, and co-conspirators at worst.
Exposing someone to a previously unknown opportunity to sin makes us foolhardy at best, and co-conspirators at worst. Does Emphasizing Sin Unintentionally Promote Sin?
9 No-Fault Reasons Some Local Churches Close Their Doors
Is it an admission of defeat or disobedience to acknowledge that congregations have a finite life-span?
They told me, in sometimes harsh terms, that the only reason a congregation would ever close was because of unrepentant sin. As a rule, I let such responses go by without comment.
Is Your Church Healthy for People with Mental Illness?
3 ways your congregation can embrace those with mental disorders.
I feel so alone at church. I invite people over for meals and try to make friends. But when they find out that I am bipolar, they either preach to me about sin and healing or ignore me.