Tag: anger

All the Pastor’s People: The Wounded Attackers – “I’m hurt. You’re going to pay!”
Church Life, Healthy Leaders, Healthy Churches

All the Pastor’s People: The Wounded Attackers – “I’m hurt. You’re going to pay!”

One of the favorite ploys antagonists and people use to get their way in the church or with their pastor is through emotional manipulation. Meet Wounded Wayne and Hurt Hannah. These persons have one unique characteristic of their own—they conform to the pattern of the chronic abuser. They will attack, get “hurt,” then back off…

Cheap Grace, Cheap Forgiveness
Church Life, Culture, Healthy Leaders, Healthy Churches, Leadership Development, Relationships

Cheap Grace, Cheap Forgiveness

Forgiveness! Recently, it appears that forgiveness of everyone, all the time, without exception, and without confession or repentance has become a Christian prerequisite. In its present form, it’s just another version of what German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer called “cheap grace.” He defined it as follows: Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without repentance, is…

Descent: The Point of Diminishing Returns
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Descent: The Point of Diminishing Returns

“Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” -Matthew 12:25 This last week, I purposely withheld any commentary on the mass murder that took place in Orlando, Florida. I sensed from the beginning that there was going to be more to the case than “radical…

Ask Dr. Fraser: Controlling Anger
Ask Dr. Fraser

Ask Dr. Fraser: Controlling Anger

How can I prevent myself from getting so angry in an argument that I say horrible things to my loved one that can damage our relationship? What steps can I take to keep from getting to that point? What can I do to make things right? These are great questions! I appreciate your heartfelt desire…

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