Have you considered all the facets to staying in the pastoral role, as well as leaving? Here are some things to think about before you throw in the towel.
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Some evangelicals talk as though personal evangelism and public justice are contradictory concerns, or, at least, that one is part of the mission of the church and the other isn't. I think otherwise.
Sermon: How to Forgive Your Enemies-and Your Friends: 5 Scriptural Steps to Total Forgiveness
Preaching Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 5
Confetti flutters in the background. Sweat-stained players embrace Gatorade-drenched coaches. The reporter shoves the microphone into the face of the exuberant athlete. "How will you celebrate this victory?" With a large smile, the player replies, "I'm going to Disneyland!" We've come to expect the victor to celebrate at the Happiest Place on Earth. Spiritual victories rarely land us on Main Street at Disney. Instead, spiritual victories often leave us emotionally spent and spiritually vulnerable. Elijah felt the sting of a tragic triumph.
Bearing in mind the danger of forcing passages to "speak to me where I am", let us take a closer look at I Kgs 13:1-6.
Has Any People Heard the Voice of God Speaking...And Survived?
1 Kings 19:19-21 I don't know whether Elisha knew Elijah or not. He'd surely heard of him. I imagine the whole country was talking about how Elijah had taken on Queen Jezebel and her 400 prophets. I'll bet there were lots of stories going around about Elijah. Nowadays, Elish
Fifteenth in a series1 Corinthians 10:14-22 The text for today reads: Therefore, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we b