A few years back I was asked to cover a couple of sessions for a ministry training course. One of the sessions was on “failure.” The request came with a couple of those expected awkward jokes along the lines of “we aren’t picking you for any specific reason.” Indeed, at the time, arguably I’d not… Continue reading Why do we struggle to talk about pastors and depression?
Our church have been running a series of podcasts during Advent looking at aspects of the Christmas story and this week’s were all about values that arise out of it. Today I contributed a short podcast on “weakness.” You can listen to the podcast here – and do be sure to check out all the… Continue reading Weakness
Paul David Tripp writes: “I was a failure and I was running. I couldn’t imagine a life of pastoral ministry anymore. It had once been a passion, a dream that seemed too good to be true but that passion had now morphed into a burden, one I no longer wanted to bear.” I’m sure that… Continue reading The pastor’s thorn
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about an incredible vision he has had (although he talks in the third person, it is generally agreed that he is referring to himself), where he is caught up into heaven. However, alongside the vision he is given a crippling “thorn in his side.” Just as people have speculated… Continue reading Strength made perfect in weakness
It’s the funny thing about Sertraline. Every morning if you’ve been pre-scribed it, the box sits there on the breakfast table as a reminder that you need to take your medication. And each morning, it shouts out to you “You are so weak.” It’s funny because you don’t think that when you get up and… Continue reading Depression tells you that you are weak – and that’s okay
Here is our latest Sunday Night Church Bible study. You can talk about the questions at home then watch our discussion via the video below. For Starters What do these words and phrases mean? – Can you give examples of each? Sympathy Empathy? Emotional intelligence A look at the Text What does the Text say?… Continue reading Empathy (Hebrews 4:14 – 5:10)