Marriage

Created on Friday, 28 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, supportive, spouse, marriage, ministry, church staff, pastors, Harvard Business Review, emotional support, career demands, practical help, career advice, relocation
I am tempted to say that my ministry would be incomplete without my wife, Nellie Jo. It is more accurate, however, to say I likely wouldn’t have a ministry without her. She not only has been supportive; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sacred space, church, families, sex, marriage, divorce, money, addiction, doubt, mental illness, physical health, healing, identity, social justice
Sometimes we think church is supposed to be a sacred space, where we only talk about certain things or only address certain subjects. There are subjects we would talk about in our families, for example, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Dale Hudson, Millennials, generation, distance, marriage, digital natives, technology, racially diverse, Generation X, economic challenges
The millennials ... they are the young couples and parents you are trying to reach. They are currently 18 to 33 years old. And like each generation, they have their own unique characteristics ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 04 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Passion, ministry, Justin Lathrop, feeling, career, the lost, marriage, risks, God, thriving, energy, direction, bodies, worn out
Passion is a hard thing to describe or pin down. We sense when we have it and when it’s gone, but we aren’t sure how to explain where it comes from or why we have it or what to do when it goes away. And ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Pastors, struggle, depression, suicide, help, issues, spiritual warfare, unrealistic expectations, demands, pressure, ministry, marriage, family, problems
The issue of mental health and Christians is finally getting some attention. Among the Christians who have challenges, many pastors struggle with depression. We hear too frequently about a pastor committing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Driscoll, flock-focused leader, sheep-focused leader, elders, deacons, local church, Mars Hill, evangelism, classes, community groups, marriage, prayer, sick, hospital visits, conflict, train ...
Sheep-focused elders and deacons work in a local church, caring for the people in that local church. In the New Testament, we know that local churches had elders and deacons, even though we know very few ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Healing
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, pastors, authenticity, ministry, Barna Group, adultery, failing marriage, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, heal, Max Lucado, Dr. Fred Antonelli
We live on the cusp of what potentially could be the greatest revival ever known in the history of mankind. However, statistics indicate that attendance and finances are at a modern-day low in the church. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kurt Bubna, marriage, vows, extramarital affair, mess up, sex, Desperate Housewives, Scandal, working meal, friend, flirt, innuendo, joke
It’s late at night and my phone rings. An old friend is on the line, and the first thing I hear is, “I think I’ve ruined everything. I’ve had an affair.” In a culture gone crazy for sex, I guess I shouldn’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 / Communication
Tags: Perry Noble, unchurched, Leviticus, Ark of the Covenant, practical help, lives, Bible, marriage, child, job loss, financial stress
One of the major problems with the church is that it has been obsessed with answering questions that no one is asking.   People are not showing up week in and week out wanting to know what happened ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Men
Tags: male-friendly church, relevance, Assemblies of God, language, masculinity, success, guilt, sexuality, purity, marriage, children, integrity, home, church, workplace, greatness, challenge, actions, ...
I am often asked, “Why are the men leaving the church today?” Sometimes it comes out as “What can we do to keep the men of this church?” or “How can our church reach more men?” There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, vision, leaders, stereotypes, powerful, fruit, quiet, unassuming, discipling, training, marriages, family, change, credit
There is a pervasive stereotype that leaders are the ones in the limelight, the ones on stage, the extroverts with big personalities whose faces are on the front page. Like many stereotypes, I think this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Culture
Tags: Chuck Bomar, LGBTQ, mistakes, gay jokes, arrogant, condemning, pastoral perspective, Bible, same-sex marriage, turmoil, positive
To say that issues surrounding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer movement are sensitive to navigate would be a gross understatement. Here are three mistakes that are often made in our ministries: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Small World, Geoff Surratt, Christians, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, sing, cancer, devastation, marriage
I’ve always hated the Its a Small World ride at Disneyland. I don’t know if it’s the incessant song, the Chucky-like dolls or just the bland predictability of it all. I prefer Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, where ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Satan, marriage, family, disruptions, scandal, lies, busyness, rumors, burnout, church conflict
I’m not a pastor who is constantly looking for Satan behind everything that goes wrong. I concentrate my attention on Jesus and encouraging others to follow Jesus and not to focus on the defeated one. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Karen Evans, Jimmy Evans, Letter, Pastors, Wives, Marriage, MarriageToday, children, family, honesty
Being the wife of a pastor for 40 years has had its share of challenges that thankfully we learned to navigate, especially early in our marriage. We were 28 years young with two small children when Jimmy ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 July 2013 / Married
Tags: marriage, battle, frontline, offense, Jimmy Witcher, pastor, institution, pre-marriage counseling, children, sex, needs, in-laws
Have you ever stopped to think and seriously consider that the local church—your church—is the frontline of offense in the battle for marriage and ultimately the family? It’s a daunting thought. God instituted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 July 2013 / Family Life
Tags: Power, prayer, spiritual formulas, Julie Albracht, Jimmy Evans, Marriage Today, identity, children, neglect, real
In a recent interview for our daughters’ new school, I was asked some personal, thought-provoking questions about my walk with God. My answers surprised the interviewer a little: “I didn’t grow up in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 / Resourcing
Tags: Brent Evans, Jimmy Evans, marriage, battle, army, front, troops, Internet, simulcasts, small groups, community outreach
As president of the ministry my dad, Jimmy Evans, founded, I’ve been serving him for almost a decade. This year, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of MarriageToday, so I’ve been along for a good ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 July 2013 / Culture
Tags: Ron Edmondson, lies, Christians, hurt, help, control, God, understanding, marriage, time, prayer
Here are 12 of the biggest lies I’ve heard people tell: 1. I’m not going to let him (or her) hurt me anymore. 2. I don’t need any help. 3. I’ve got this under control. 4. I’m only going to try it one time. ... [ +++ ]
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