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Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, community, impact, struggles, social media, need, Hoot Suite, churches, office, relationships, coffee
In many parts of the country, churches are more ubiquitous than Starbucks—gracing every street corner with tall steeples and signs that catch the attention of passersby: "Honk if you love Jesus. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, do-overs, pastors, failures, regrets, struggles, failures, response, anger, obsession, critics, admit mistake, neglect, family member, church need, initiative, buy-in, megachurch
We are certainly to move forward from past failures and regrets. Paul told us to “forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead” (Phil. 3:13). But we can learn from the wisdom of others, even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, Jesus, lesbians, relationship, contempt, Christ, sexual issues, affairs, Gateway, shocking, ministry, healing, wholeness, relational struggles
“Let’s just go for fun! We’ll see how much we can push their buttons,” Amy teased her girlfriend, who didn’t like the idea of hanging around a bunch of Christians. “Come on,” Amy insisted. “I hear their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Women
Tags: Christian, leaders, pastors’ wives, lonely, depression, loneliness, suffer, financial, struggles, husband, complaints, children, support, moves, meanness, mean, wife
My blog, ThomRainer.com, began as a source of information for pastors, staff and other Christian leaders. I have been incredibly blessed to discover a subgroup of my readership that has much to offer: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay, pastors, stress, life, struggles, families, day off, unhappy spouse, glass house, financial needs, criticisms
Most pastors love their calling. Most pastors could not imagine doing anything else. Most pastors have joy in their ministries. I want to be clear that I don’t view pastors as a depressed, melancholy and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, unchurched, overchurched, African-American, white, high school students, racism, struggles, God, stereotypes, skin color, shallow, Christ, Aslan Youth
I need to begin with context. Our ministry is a multisite urban youth ministry. We work with a mix of “churched,” “unchurched,” “dechurched” and “overchurched” students. Our students are primarily African-American. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Cantor, leadership, abuses, weaknesses, insecurities, ADHD, Dr. Michael Brown, press, adultery, friends, confidants, empowerment, struggles
I just got off the phone with a good friend. He is in a situation where the leader of his congregation is abusing the power that God has given him. As we talked about this I said, “Often a leader will ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Jay Dennis, pink elephant, pornography, struggles, Christian men, temptation, sin, repentance, computer, Internet filtering, software
Pastor, there are two truths I want to share: (1) Many of your fellow pastors are personally struggling with pornography and; (2) pastors must address the issue of pornography among the people they lead. ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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