Her Solace Was in Wine More Than Jesus

“I’m here because my husband thinks I have a drinking problem,” said Lisa (not her real name). “And he’s crazy! I have my drinking under control.” But Lisa clearly displayed symptoms of addiction: Her alcohol intake had increased. She drank alone. She used wine to deal with stress. Her drinking caused family conflicts. She didn’t…

Dallas Willard’s Stages of Eternal Living

An understanding of how spiritual and psychological development generally progresses is crucial to personal faith and the ministries of spiritual direction, pastoral care, and Christian counseling. But many Christians, even pastors and leaders, have not studied this. In The Divine Conspiracy Dallas Willard shares some key thoughts on a developmental model of spiritual formation in…

Pastor, Magnify Your Office!

Excerpted From Soul Shepherding’s “Spiritual Leadership” Manual (TLC Training) In the Bible Paul says of his pastoral ministry, “I magnify my office” (Rom. 11:13, KJV). Pastor, do you magnify your office? Paul’s example and instruction is not just for professional church pastors — though it’s especially for them! — it’s for all of Christ’s ambassadors. So…