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Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, fallen pastor, grace, Christians, mean, online, victorious, will, failure, self-induced pressure, sin, glory, positive feedback
I wrote recently about another fallen pastor. I shared how devastated I was at the news. I’ve been amazed at some of the rude comments I’ve received. And I love that on my blog, I can delete those comments ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, Christian, narcissism, Jesus Christ, leaders, inconsiderate, selfish, excessive attention, entitlement, brilliant, charismatic, behavior, prayer, eyes opened, humility, trust, adviser, ...
Narcissism should not be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: God, Joe McKeever, steal, tithes, offerings, embezzlement, pastors, jail, Paul Yonggi Cho, Barry Minkow, thefts, rationalizations, ministry, self-delusion, lawbreaking
... after his sin during the capture of Jericho. Achan confessed, “I saw the mantle and 200 shekels of silver and a bar of gold … I coveted them … I took them … I hid them” (Josh. 7:21, paraphrased). I saw, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, sin, root, appeal, Gateway, Austin, behavior, struggle, Frank Laubach, experience, selfish
I’ll never forget a quote by a guy who joined Gateway’s recovery group. He had just found faith earlier that year and had been growing to experience this moment-by-moment life with God. When asked what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, church politics, board, pews, chairs, building, agenda, selfish, Holy Wars, mission, issues, Jesus
The pastor, board, staff and building committee wanted chairs in the new sanctuary. Bob wanted pews. Easy, right? Wrong. Bob was a founding member, influential and rich. The pastor met with him on several ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, social skills, pastors, Adrian Rogers, thank you, forgive me, sorry, ask, order, appreciation, duty, remember names, alibi, defending yourself, interrupt, speaker, Tony Campolo, Perry ...
A retired seminary professor, now ministering in a different church every weekend, posted an interesting little note on Facebook. That day, he had been wondering whether the host pastor had appreciated ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Frank Viola, discipleship, Bible, evangelism, church, pray, accountability group, character, cross, himself, deny, temper, pressure, slander, spread, teachable, corrected, justification, rationa
If you ask most evangelical Christians what marks a true disciple of Jesus, their answers will mostly be external. They read their Bibles every day. They evangelize. They go to church. They pray daily. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, pastors, lies, Satan, hurt, spiritual warfare, self-confidence, too small, task, control, growing, church
My heart is for the pastor. Maybe it stems from the fact that I spent so many years as a layperson, a deacon and Sunday school teacher and, now, as a pastor. I realize now how much I didn’t understand ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, wife, experience, ministry, church, assessment, Dwight L. Moody, hurt, help, divorce, split, ego, denomination, vain, creatures, self-centered, needy, weak
What qualifies me to write this piece, if anything, is that I am a pastor who has been married most of my life. My wife, Margaret, and I did this entire ministry thing together, having married the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Deliverance
Tags: Matthew Barnett, Dream Center, Los Angeles, social workers, dream, survival, staying alive, body, soul, drug abuse, prostitution, self-control
"What is your dream?" It’s the one question they never expect. You can see their eyes widen when we ask them. They suddenly look up as if to say, “Did I hear you right?” Most of the time, when a homeless ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastor, appreciation, truth, teach, listen, social worker, university professor, guidance, stress, workload, pressure, demands, laughs, cries, mourns, heart, lonely, giving of self, ...
... Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado Arkansas. In 2008, Scott’s wife, Jill, passed away in an automobile accident. He recalls, “God used our church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Justin Lathrop, introverted, shy, opportunities, networking, smalltalk, mingling, skills, self-fulfilling prophecy, authentic, critical, disconnect, smart, nice, funny, John 8, verses, memory
I meet talented, smart, interesting people all the time who admit they’re nervous to connect with others. These people avoid networking events and chances to “mingle” before and after church because the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Shawn Harrison, ministry, success, resignation, youth, Christ-like attitude, selfish ego, student ministry, families, file folder, calendar of events, sample budget, resources, example
Do you want the next guy to succeed in your position? I wrestled with this while sitting in my office after handing in my resignation. After three years as the student and family pastor at our church, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Scott Attebery, disciple-making, The Cost of Discipleship, time, energy, cost, self, rebellion, 1 John, Galatians, burdens
... 2000-2005, Scott Attebery pastored Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado, Ark. After seven years of pastoring, Scott was selected as the executive director of DiscipleGuide Church Reources, a department of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, diseases, churches, unhealthy, community disconnect, methodological arthritis, grass is greener syndrome, professional wrestling sickness, program nausea, baby believer malady, theological ...
In the 1990s, Peter Wagner published The Healthy Church, a book describing several diseases that churches sometimes exhibit. Some of his descriptions are quite helpful (e.g., koinonitis = excessive, inward ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, self-protection, leaders, spirit, team, relationship, marketplace, wolves, Jesus, communication, suck up
I am one of those people who believes the best about other people. In my career as a junior guy working his way up and as a CEO, I have met all sorts of leaders in the marketplace and, now, in the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 / Vision
Tags: Allison Vesterfelt, Justin Lathrop, discovery, calling, life, chaos, confusion, Rich Young Ruler, passion, selfish, frivolity, change, singing, golf
I spent most of my 20s floundering around, trying to figure out what I was “supposed” to do with my life. Actually, from the outside, it probably didn’t look much like floundering (I went to college, graduate ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 / Education
Tags: Steve Murrell, early morning, Manila, traffic, grace, expert, builder, Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul, grace, gifts, foundations, flash, others, self
My alarm rang at 3:30 a.m. I’m not a morning person. My wife, Deborah, is. Most mornings I stagger around like a cranky zombie. She bounces out of bed ready to attack a new day. Opposites attract. We are ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 26 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, attack, leader, self-reliance, devotional life, family, email relationships, sexual sin, loneliness, weakness, evangelism, comparison
For more than 15 years, I have studied the biblical reality of spiritual warfare. Many of my writings (e.g., Discipled Warriors, Putting on the Armor) address this topic that evangelicals have often neglected. ... [ +++ ]
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