Thoughts on the Rise and Fall of Pastors

By scottsauls | May 23, 2019

His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful. But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God. (2 Chronicles 26:15-16) In recent years, five of my friends who are pastors have lost their ministries because of moral failure. Five. Most of […]

Can We Really Stomach God’s Grace?

By scottsauls | May 17, 2019

This morning as I was reading from the book of Isaiah, I was taken aback by the extent to which the grace of God will reach. I was reminded, as I sometimes am, that grace is not only for “the least and the lost,” as we like to say. Grace is also for people who are downright evil. […]

Sticks, Stones, and the Crushing (or Mending) Power of Words

By scottsauls | May 10, 2019

In a moment of transparency, Mariah Carey, one of the most successful artists in the history of pop music, said in an interview that if she hears a thousand words of praise and one word of criticism, that one criticism will eliminate the thousand praises in her mind. Can you identify with this dilemma? I […]

Not All Anger Is Wrong, and Jesus Wasn’t Nice

By scottsauls | May 3, 2019

Mark Twain wrote that anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything into which it is poured. Similarly, Anne Lamott has said that nursing a grudge is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. Both writers are getting at essentially […]