Chuck Lawless describes ten sources of pastoral heartache. All the pastors I know consistently express these griefs as a part of their lives. It’s not something to pity, nor are these situations unknown to others, but our calling demands that we can’t avoid circumstances such as these. We’re invested in people’s lives, the ups and …

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Chuck Lawless offers ten signs leaders have stopped growing. The head points of his list: You can talk about nothing new about God and His grace. You’ve read no new books in the last six months. You are preaching and teaching “re-runs.” You haven’t recently tackled any “God-sized” challenges. You haven’t shared the gospel with …

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Chuck Lawless quotes Chuck Swindoll: Why tradition is good: It honors God for what He has done. Tradition, by definition, is tied to the past. Ideally, though, it focuses on God and what He has done, not on what we used to do in the church. Healthy tradition is concerned about glorifying God only. It …

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Perhaps you think preachers simply hit a ‘zone’ while preaching and are impervious to all other thoughts during that time? I’m sure some are. Chuck Lawless’ ten offerings resonated with me, though. Here’s a few: Am I really connecting? Even one distracted expression or one quizzical look will make me wonder. It’s funny how I’ll …

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