Author: Scott Sauls

Thoughts On The Rise And Fall Of Pastors

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 the past year, five of my friends who are pastors have lost their ministries because of moral failure. Five. Most of them were widely known beyond their local contexts as authors, conference speakers, movement leaders and such. From the outside, they appeared to be at their peak. For reasons beyond my ability to understand, God has graciously protected me from moral collapse over the years....

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Why Pornography and Internet Shaming are Basically the Same Thing

New York Times writer Tim Kreider coined the term, “Outrage Porn,” to describe what he sees as our insatiable search for things to be offended by. Based on hundreds of comments and letters to the editor, Kreider says that many contemporary people feed off of feeling 1) right and 2) wronged. Outrage Porn resembles actual pornography. It aims for a cheap thrill at the expense of another human being, but without any personal accountability or commitment to that human being. Outrage Porn often escalates into the public shaming of groups and persons. Labeling, caricature and exclusion occur as offended parties rally together...

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Anxiety and Depression, My Strange Friends

This past Wednesday, I was given an opportunity to share at a ministers’ dinner about my personal experience with anxiety and depression. In hopes that my experience might be an encouragement to people who visit my blog, I thought I would share a transcript of my talk here as well. 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...

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Three Keys to Taking Friendship To A New Level

The movie Jerry Maguire includes perhaps one of the sappiest scenes in the history of film. Jerry, separated from his wife, suddenly comes to his senses—his life is not complete without his wife in it. So, he barges into his wife’s sister’s house (where his wife is staying at the time), and in the middle of a room filled with women who see men as “the enemy,” says to her, “You complete me.” He continues on with a long soliloquy about how he loves and needs her. “Shut up. Shut up,” she responds, “You had me at hello. You...

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Pursuing Peace With God and One Another Through Confronting And Repenting

Everyone assigns a different meaning to the word “peace.” To some, peace is a calm feeling, an ability to relax, and a care-free life. To others, peace is the end of hostility, a white flag raised to end a terrible war. To others, it is something that happens when we avoid conflict, ignore faults in others, affirm and flatter and “sweep it under the rug” rather than challenge hurtful actions or patterns. Biblical peace is none of these things. Rather, biblical peace is something that we make by engaging in healthy, redemptive, life-giving conflict when necessary—especially with those whose...

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