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Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: emotions, Carey Nieuwhof, John Mayer, passion, John Wesley, alive heart, powerful leadership, distort reality, negative, pain, withdraw, blame, attention
I had a blah day earlier this week. Nothing terrible happened. There was no direct trigger. I just didn't feel great emotionally. Chances are you have more than a few of those days yourself. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Barnabas Piper, journaling, pastors, ministerial leaders, logbook, diary, dumping ground, pain, fear, venting, prayer, past, writing
I don't think everyone needs to journal. But I have a hard time thinking of any legitimate reason why someone wouldn't. Some might think it is girly. Some might think it is time consuming. Some might just ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Justin Lathrop, website, church, social media, landscaping, statistics, inviting, time, money, style, straightforward, information, Microsoft Paint, old sermons, statement of belief
We might as well admit it. We all judge a book by its cover. But in our defense, before we've opened the book, the cover is all we have. Facades serve as an invitation. The path leading up to your front ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 / Parenting
Tags: Gerard Long, Rebecca Long, Alpha USA, tragedy, pain, drowned, hypothermia, God, throne, why, David, Psalms
On May 8, 2014, the impossible happened. Jeannie's and my eldest child—our precious Rebecca— was taken from us in a tragic accident at the age of 32. It was an unseasonably warm spring day, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Greg Surratt, business, church, body, pastor, quit, retire, declining health, priorities, time, future growth, concrete rules, freedom, paint by numbers
I read an article recently about how to tell when your business needs a new leader. It opens with: "An entrepreneur should know when it is time to move on for the sake of his or her business. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Leaders, Brad Lomenick, insignificant, commitment, faithfulness, small things, character, pain points, foundation, perseverance, discipline, process
As leaders, we live for the moment—the big moments that are memory makers, the home runs, the winning “touchdown,” the deal that launches our organization or business to the next level, the significant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, King David, God's own heart, leadership, stress, organizations, employees, budgets, Psalm 3, sin, struggle, pain, victory, motivate, odds
Leadership these days is tougher than ever, it seems. Times are hard, and organizations are stressed. Employees are stretched, and budgets are tight. Loyalty is rare, and everything is changing at a rocket ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Missions
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors.com, addictions, pain, helps, ministry, Jesus, broken, recovery, evangelistic tool, sin, messes, desperation, volunteer, healing, redemption
Some churches don’t want a recovery ministry—a ministry that specializes in helping people deal with their addictions and pain—because of the messes they’d have to get involved in. That’s tragic. Most ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, Soul Preaching, easy, shout, pain, emotional release, positive, superficial, African-American style, diagnosis, gravy, good outcome, incarnation
The other day I was listening to a preacher close a sermon about pain. The preacher preached about the very real struggle with pain and suffering that we all have to encounter in this life. In typical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart, Christmas, classic, movie, hurt, pain, community
My wife Cheryl and I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” again this year. That isn’t unusual. It was probably about the 30th time or so. We love the movie. It may be considered my “favorite”… if I ever had to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, Christmas, gifts, appreciation, responses, heartbreak, cash, pain, exhortation, inquiry, financial struggle, Thanksgiving
I am always grateful when pastors and church members share with me topics of interest to them. Those suggestions tend to be viewed by more readers than my own ideas. I guess that says something about my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Geoff Surratt, Ron Carpenter, congregation, devastation, pain, evil, family, Redemption World Outreach Center, pastor's kid, integrity, transparency, human, vulnerability, broken, accountability, ...
My heart broke last week as I watched pastor Ron Carpenter pour out his heart in his weekend message to his congregation. It was a gut-wrenching experience as he shared with his church the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Michael Jones, pastors, truths, painful, growth, best, preaching, discipleship, leadership, Mr. Rogers, seminary training, expertise, training, theology, biblical studies, evangelism, pastoral care, ...
... Michael has done over 200 funerals but only one wedding, which is a source of great amusement to his pastor friends (but not his congregation). He’s doing his PhD at the university of Chester in Theology ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Education
Tags: Patch Adams, Artie Davis, movie, impact, physicians, work, hard, graduate, pain, leader
On a lazy Friday afternoon (my day off), I watched the semi-old movie Patch Adams. I loved many things about the movie (have seen it several times before), but on this viewing, the most impactful part ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 September 2013 / Family Life
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors' wives, pain, hurting, empathy, respect, vulnerable, health insurance, wedding ring, sufferings, Christ, Jesus, expectations, Moses, Exodus
The letters and comments are pouring in from our recent article on the pastor’s wife. I suppose it should not surprise me—weirdness is everywhere—but some people were angry that we called the pastor’s ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 28 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, narcissism, leaders, desires, needs, culture, serve, ministry, perks, pain, self-indulgence, materialism, relationships, objects, advantages
By definition, a narcissist is a person who believes the world evolves around them to such an extent their own desires blind them to relational reality which makes them insensitive to the needs and perspectives ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, beauty, mess, choices, promises, substances, relationships, authority, parents, exterior, interior, pain, anger, hostility
Alisha’s life was a mess. Her family was dysfunctional and broken. Her past was littered with poor choices, shattered promises, substances and illicit relationships. She hated her parents, despised authority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, ministry, paint, numbers, future, confidence, leadership, book, artwork, tapestry, effort, risks, decisions, skill
This might be nerdy, but I’m going to tell you anyway. When I was a kid, sometime in elementary school, I was given a huge paint-by-numbers kit, and I loved it. I told you it’s nerdy. It was big. My memory ... [ +++ ]
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