Rev. Anger?

Christianity Today posted this about Jon Ortberg’s 10 Deadly Sins of Preaching (h/t:  catching meddlers).

I was struck by #10, the temptation of anger. Ortberg used this quote to illustrate:

“Anger in particular seems close to a professional vice in the contemporary ministry. Pastors are angry at their leaders for not leading and at their followers for not following. They are angry at those who do not come to church for not coming and angry at those who do come for coming without enthusiasm. They are angry at their families, who make them feel guilty, and angry at themselves for not being who they want to be. This is not an open, blatant, roaring anger, but an anger hidden behind the smooth word, the smiling face, and the polite handshake. It is a frozen anger, an anger which settles into a biting resentment and slowly paralyzes a generous heart. If there is anything that makes the ministry look grim and dull, it is this dark, insidious anger in the servants of Christ.” —Henri Nouwen

I invite you; respond to this quote. Have you felt angry towards your leaders, followers, family, yourself?

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2 responses to “Rev. Anger?

  1. Hey Jim, glad you liked this. I especially liked that quote as well. It’s a real temptation. Noticed you’re an Asbury guy too – I graduated in ’05. God bless!

  2. Matt, its always nice to meet survivors! lol.

    Cheers.

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