Church: Joining Your Imperfect Self to Other Imperfect Selves

By scottsauls | March 28, 2019

When the local church falls short of Jesus’ vision for the church as a “radiant bride” reflecting his glory, a “city on a hill” that shines with attractive good works, “the salt of the earth” that prevents decay and promotes flourishing, and “the light of the world” that makes dark places less dark, some Christians […]

Tired of Yourself? Jesus Will Never Tire of You

By scottsauls | March 22, 2019

We crave affirmation and praise. This is so because we are made in the image of God, who is both the object and source of love, adoration, praise and wonder. Yet we are haunted because there is much about us that invites shame more than it does admiration. We miss the mark and we miss the boat, failing […]

Anxiety and Depression, My Strange Friends

By scottsauls | March 16, 2019

I am one of those ministers who has endured a handful of seasons of anxiety and depression. Most of the time, thankfully, the affliction has been more low-grade than intense. On one occasion, though, it pretty much flattened me physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. I call this particular season my ‘living nightmare.’ That season, as well […]

Sex, Scripture, and Modern Times

By scottsauls | March 8, 2019

Among those who identify as Christian, there is current an ongoing debate—and in some cases deep disagreement, confusion, misunderstanding, and even mischaracterization and slander between tribes around the subject of sex and marriage. Some adopt a more strident posture that seems (and often is) lacking in pastoral compassion, empathy, and grace. “The Bible says it, […]

“Don’t Wrestle With Pigs” (Thoughts on Handling Criticism)

By Scott Sauls | March 4, 2019

I hate it when people criticize me. Yet being criticized is to be expected when you are an influencer or a leader. Even the best parents routinely get criticized by their children, bosses by their employees, coaches by their players, athletes and artists by their fans, teachers by their students, and pastors by their congregants. […]