All posts from “Addiction”

The Demise of Guys?

November 10, 2011 12:00 AM

"Please, sir, may I have some different?" It's not "more" the average young guy wants today, it's different. Psychologist Philip Zimbardo describes drug addiction as "wanting more," but guys today have what he calls arousal addiction, always "wanting something different."...

Ur Video: Driscoll on Porn

June 7, 2011 12:00 AM

James MacDonald asks Mark Driscoll for a definitive answer on porn. When does viewing it disqualify a person from leadership--once a year, once a quarter, once a month, once a week? Driscoll avoids giving a one-size-fits-all answer. What do you...

Surprised by Addiction

June 6, 2011 12:00 AM

Addictions come in various forms: alcohol, gambling, drugs, pornography, overeating, and binge shopping, just to name a few. Whatever the particular vice, addictions thrive on secrecy and shame. And while addictions can be difficult for anyone to divulge, pastors face...

Ur Video: John Piper on Porn

February 3, 2011 12:00 AM

Leadership Journal is now in its 31st year of publication, and it seems that church leaders struggling with pornography has been a constant theme we've covered through all of those years--even well before the age of the internet. Does the...

Last Call: The Alcohol Brew-haha

May 14, 2009 12:00 AM

The conversation based on Eric Reed's report, "Trouble Brewing," in the latest issue of Leadership has been...stimulating. What should church leaders be modeling for their flocks? Everyone agrees that sobriety is essential, but is enjoying an alcoholic beverage ever okay?...

Is a Beer just a Beer?

May 6, 2009 8:09 AM

I spent a semester abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, during college and attended a great church there. On my first visit to the head deacon's house for dinner, he asked me what I'd like to drink. I asked him what my...

Anne Jackson: Battling Porn Addiction

April 22, 2009 8:00 AM

Last week, blogger and author Anne Jackson stopped by the Out of Ur offices. Anne runs the popular blog FlowerDust.net and recently published Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic with Zondervan. Anne began struggling with an Internet porn addiction...

Craig Gross: Church in the Chicken Ranch

April 14, 2009 9:18 AM

The Spring '09 issue of Leadership journal should be arriving in mailboxes this week. The issue is called "UNHOOKED: Finding Release from Vices and Addictions." We editors searched for ministers who were tackling addiction head on, whether in their churches...

Ur Video: Is Drinking a Sin?

March 19, 2009 12:00 AM

Earlier this week Brandon O'Brien wrote about the new debate among clergy over alcohol. Even if we believe the Bible permits consumption, what does wisdom tell us? Should pastors drink as an expression of Christian liberty, or should we refrain...

Trouble Brewing

March 17, 2009 2:05 PM

In the upcoming issue of Leadership (in print mid April), we'll hear from a number of pastors - including Craig Gross, John Burke, and Matt Russell - who are committed to taking the gospel to people with addictions. We're also...

Ur Video: Sin City

January 22, 2009 2:40 PM

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Porn Again

January 5, 2009 12:00 AM

The winter issue of Leadership is still a few weeks away from your mailbox, but the editors have already started working on the spring issue. They're still refining the topic, but it will be something about ministry in a culture...

Missions and Masturbation

October 30, 2007 12:00 AM

There is no need to reiterate the statistics on sexual immorality among clergy. We all know them. And we also know that addiction to pornography is at epidemic levels even within the church. But do we know how many gifted...

Does Ministry Fuel Addictive Behavior?

November 16, 2006 12:00 AM

In a recent issue of Leadership, Sally Morgenthaler shared the story of her husband’s sexual addiction that resulted in a felony conviction and years in prison. Through that painful experience, Morgenthaler came to see how pastoral ministry can actually contribute...

The Haggard Truth

November 5, 2006 9:24 AM

What are Christian leaders to make of the spectacularly painful experience of watching Ted Haggard this past week? The president of the National Association of Evangelicals and pastor of giga-church New Life Community in Colorado Springs, Colorado, gradually admitted to...

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Clergy holiness codes miss the point

September 20, 2006 12:00 AM

Last week a study was released by economists called "No Booze? You May Lose." Researches found that people who drink alcohol make more money and may have an advantage in social settings. But does the same hold true for pastors?...

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