moral

Created on Monday, 28 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Greg Atkinson, laughter, team, cry, comedy, serious, Jesus laughing, therapeutic, Chronicle of Higher Education, joke, ego check, morale
Last week I was doing my regular Thursday night thing—watching the comedy shows back to back on NBC (as I have for years). I was reflecting on how good and healthy it is to laugh and unwind. Then ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, deadbeat, pastor, indecency, immorality, illegality, heresy, paycheck, lazy, church, demise, lay leadership, constitution, bylaws
Recently in this blog, we said pastors should be terminated abruptly if they are guilty of flagrant indecency, proven immorality, confirmed illegality, and serious heresy. Several friends wrote to ask ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, abortion, same-sex marriage, child abuse, pulpit, sin, moral issues, New York City, apostles, William Wilberforce, Charles Finney
... of 2000 years ago) would not take a position on social issues such as slavery, (I.E. as Evangelical Christian William Wilberforce did and eradicated the slave trade in the British Empire in the 19th Century; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Surratt, example, morale, leader, Fred Richard, Seacoast Church, gifts, Genesis, Caleb, spirit, employees
What do great leaders look like? That’s almost like asking, “When will I know I’m in love?” The answer: “You just will. You’ll know it when you see it.” Recognizing a great leader is similar. You’ll know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, team, morale, spirit, happiness, energetic, productive, adversity, generosity, trust, empowerment, alignment, caring
The hallways often reveal more than the boardroom. What you hear in the hallways is often a better indicator of the spirit of your team than what is said in the boardroom. I’m not suggesting that your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, big attendance, Easter, Mother's Day, Jesus, resurrection, Saddleback Church, Christmas Eve, evangelism, tool, morale, volunteers, prospect list, community, interest
Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Teens
Tags: Simply Youth Ministry, Chuck Bomar, ministering, gay teens, black and white issue, Greek, sexual immorality, porneia, discipling, marriage, bigot, Jesus, gay agenda
There is a new book out that I can’t wait to read. I’ll get to that in a minute. I have written no less than a half-dozen posts about the LGBTQ conversation. There is a world of complexities ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: David Shibley, moral failures, casualties, leaders, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, counsel, Jonah, firewalls, short accounts, real accountability, humility, escape hatch
Jesus often suffers more from His friends than from His enemies. In John Bunyan’s epic The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of Christian’s guides to the celestial city offers this wise counsel: “There are two things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Katie Couric, social issues, moral issues, New York city, megachurch, pastors, controversy, Jesus, Israel, Roman Empire, religious, legal, political
Recently, a well-known New York City megachurch pastor (whom I know and like) was interviewed by Katie Couric regarding his stance on several issues, including same-sex marriage. To paraphrase (in my own ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, pastors, believe, Twitter, negativity, insinuations, writers, ministries, immoral, liars, critics, perfect, service, church
As I surf the web, receive emails from ministries and scan Twitter, I am absolutely amazed at the negativity and insinuations made about pastors today. Many writers and ministries take the view that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, teens, morale, testimony, love, parents, bragging, thank them, support, physical affirmation
Recently, we had a senior girl share her testimony at our high school program. It was powerful. Afterward, her peers came up and showed her love. What made the testimony even better was the fact that we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, burn out, resignation, moral failure, family problems, sickness, ministry, 24/7 mentality, conflict, expectations, no friends, life outside the church
I heard the story again last week. A pastor I know announced his resignation. No moral failure. No severe crisis at the church. No major family problems. No sickness. He was simply burned out. That’s how ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Education
Tags: Artie Davis, Osama Bin Laden, United States, church, lesson, disaster plan, moral failure, communication, planned response
I was recently watching a History Channel special on the days of 9/11. They highlighted many of the issues and misconceptions they feel contributed to the disaster. I think the church could learn some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Culture
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, decapitated church, martyrs, prosperity, brothers, sisters, grace, love, courage, religious cowardice, legalism, brash, judgmental, homosexual, fallen minister, sexually ...
... 1,200 ministers across the globe. I would greatly encourage every reader to listen to call of Christ. You are equipped with unique giftings and a wonderful commission. Take courage, be vigilant and be ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, loneliness, pastor, observations, pain, ministry, causes, giving, receiving, defensive mode, burnout, moral failure, depression
The conversation took place recently. A young man told me his dad, a pastor, recently committed suicide. He talked about the pain his father experienced in ministry as well as the intense loneliness. Though ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, mutilation, cigarette lighter, scars, emotional, internal, psychological, immoral, Jesus, struggles
Her name was Randy. She was working in a fast food restaurant in her mid-teens when I met her. Apart from her nametag, she blended in with the rest of the people she worked with. Same uniform, average ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 June 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Morality, divine accountability, oxymoron, Tiger Woods, B.B. King, Bill Gates, arrogance, narcissism, golf, guitar, Behavior, Every Man Ministries, Kenny Luck
“I know better.” It’s a simple message backed up by simple behaviors and a better knowledge of life or pursuit. In many contexts, you wouldn’t think twice about it. A mom says it to a naïve child ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: adultery, epidemic, J. Lee Grady, Orlando, Florida, pulpit, pastors, congregations, hostile public, Christians, hypocrites, moral failure, fire drills, isolation
It happened again. For the third time in six months, the pastor of a large church in my hometown of Orlando, Fla., has resigned from his pulpit because of adultery. I’m sad. I’m sick. I’m sorry for the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: David Loveless, Discovery Church, adultery, resign, Orlando, Isaac Hunter, Sam Hinn, sexual immorality, idolatry, Jezel spirit, trend, Catholic Church, Jack Schaap
Another megachurch pastor has stepped down after admitting to a long-term affair with a woman who’s not his wife. David Loveless, former lead pastor of Discovery Church in Orlando, Fla., is the third in ... [ +++ ]
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