Angry Pastors and Elders!?!? (Ash)

One of the qualifications for a man to serve as an elder or pastor in Christ's church is that he must not be an angry man. If a man in the church has a hot temper or is known to explode in rage he is not elder material. If a hot-headed man wishes to become… Continue reading Angry Pastors and Elders!?!? (Ash)

Ten Ways to Bless an Enemy (Welch)

Many Christians know those verses in Scripture that call us to do good to our enemies and to people who hate us. Jesus said we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Mt. 5:44). He also told us to bless people who curse us (Lk. 6:28). The Apostles echoed these teachings… Continue reading Ten Ways to Bless an Enemy (Welch)

The “Inner Courtroom” of Anger (Powlison)

I'm in the middle of studying the fascinating story in 1 Samuel 20. In this story, King Saul goes into rage mode against Jonathan because Jonathan is protecting David. Jonathan, in turn, is angry with Saul because Saul tried to kill him, because Saul shamed David, and because Saul was trying to kill David. I'd… Continue reading The “Inner Courtroom” of Anger (Powlison)

Dear Angry Person: Slow Down! (Groves/Smith)

Anger is often sinful and it typically leads a person to commit more sin. For example, Saul's anger led him to throw a spear at David in attempt to kill him (1 Sam. 18:8-11). Proverbs condemns anger several times (e.g. 15:18, 22:24, 29:22). Paul lists "fits of anger" as one of the wicked works of… Continue reading Dear Angry Person: Slow Down! (Groves/Smith)

Afflictions, God’s Sovereignty, and Our Foundation (Powlison)

 In chapter 17 of Good & Angry, David Powlison talks about being angry at God. Obviously it's sinful to be angry at God and blame him of wrongdoing.  Powlison's discussion of this topic is a good one; it's worth reading for sure!  I especially appreciated the following paragraphs: When the Bible portrays and discusses suffering, God… Continue reading Afflictions, God’s Sovereignty, and Our Foundation (Powlison)