Monthly Archives: May 2010

Forgiveness: Introduction To A Tough Topic

There are a lot of different streams that run into my story that I want to take time to deal with. One of these is more of a raging river than a stream. It’s the topic of forgiveness. As a former pastor, one of my last sermon topics was on forgiveness. I was dealing with letting go of the bad… Read more »

Guest Blog: After The Fall

I’ve been asking a few people to write guest blogs. My wife Cynthia wrote one the other day. I’m hoping to get Reforming Baptist, Geekpreacher, Carl and others to do the same for me if they’d be willing. Today’s blog is from a very dear friend, David, who writes a blog of his own, Surviving 2 Thriving. I’ll let him… Read more »

Epilogue – “Series Finale”

I was so angry with the way LOST ended last night that I figured I’d write up my own epilogue to my own story. That doesn’t mean I’m done with my blog, by any means. I have a lot of back story to write and tales to tell. But I do want to tell you how all of this has… Read more »

Epilogue – "Series Finale"

I was so angry with the way LOST ended last night that I figured I’d write up my own epilogue to my own story. That doesn’t mean I’m done with my blog, by any means. I have a lot of back story to write and tales to tell. But I do want to tell you how all of this has… Read more »

Sunday School Today

I’ve been asked to fill in today for one of the adult Sunday School classes. Before anyone freaks out, the deacons and several of the hierarchy at the church where Cynthia and I are attending know of our situation. They know my story and we’re under good watchcare. Anyway, I’ve filled in before in Sunday School and it was a… Read more »

Providence And Depression

Depression is an awful thing. Those who have never experienced it cannot identify. Those who have seen loved ones go through it have had a taste of it. I watched my mother endure a lifetime of horrible depression. It wasn’t until my college years that I learned that I was suffering from it. It’s interesting to hear people who don’t… Read more »

Common Traits Of The Fallen Pastor, Part 4: Tough Times

As this is part four in this series, make sure you start with part one, if you haven’t read it already. I had someone ask me on this blog recently about what my spiritual life was like leading up to my fall. It was terrible, thank you very much. Shallow, disgraceful, and going nowhere. How’s that for honesty? I’m not… Read more »

Common Traits Of The Fallen Pastor, Part 3: Being Judgmental

(Make sure you read the disclaimer on the first blog post of this series before starting this one.) The fallen pastors I’ve talked to as well as myself had a similar, serious issue. Before our falls, we were very judgmental of sinners. I’ve touched on this topic before, but I want to get to the heart of the matter here…. Read more »

Common Traits Of The Fallen Pastor, Part 2: Anxiety And Depression

This is part two. Don’t read this post without reading the disclaimers in part one. Seriously. Many fallen pastors have a history of either anxiety or depression. In fact, take off the “fallen” label for a moment. Pastors in general have a history of anxiety or depression. I took a class on counseling while in seminary. I heard a “statistic”… Read more »

Common Traits Of The Fallen Pastor, Part 1: Poor Father Relationship

Before I get to my epilogue (of sorts), I want to do this short series on common traits of the fallen pastor. Since I started blogging, I’ve talked to and emailed a decent number of pastors who, like me, fell because of moral issues. I’ve read other online articles about how to avoid moral sin in the pastorate and warning… Read more »