Neale Davis

The Impact of Misdirected Identity

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Dangerous Calling, Neale Davis | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People   “Ministry had become my identity.  No I didn’t think of myself as a child of God, in daily need of grace, in the middle of my own sanctification, still in a battle with sin, still in need of the body of Christ, and called to pastoral ministry.  No, I thought of myself at pastor. That’s it.  Bottom line.”     Paul David Tripp p. 22.   I knew a man named Ian. He was a man in the ministry.  And he was a good man.  He was faithful and hardworking.  He had...

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The Heart of the Sober Minded

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Neale Davis | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People     “Monasteries were a failure because they neglected one very significant biblical truth: the biggest danger to every human being, even those in ministry, is located inside of him, not outside of him. There is something dark and deceitful that still lurks in the heart of every one of God’s children who has net yet been fully glorified: sin.” Paul David Tripp. “Dangerous Calling” page 108.   Those of us in ministry can still live as if we are in a monastery. Even as...

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The Captain of Your Soul

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Neale Davis | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People     “Today you will run somewhere for refuge. Today there is hope and help to be found. May God be your refuge, and as you run to him, may you remember that he has promised you that there will be a day when your trouble is no more.  But you live between the already and the not yet, and the battle still rages. The question for you, pastor, is, are you an aware, wise, and prepared soldier who runs again and again to the Captain of your soul for rescuing, forgiving, transforming,...

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A Level Playing Field

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Neale Davis | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People     “If every pastor is, in fact, a man in the middle of his own sanctification, shouldn’t he be receiving the normal range of the ministry of the body of Christ that God has ordained for every member of the church to receive?” page 69.   It seems inconceivable that the church would ever operate with a different set of rules for the pastor.  But sometimes that is exactly what happens. After all, some may reason, the pastor has been to seminary and is well trained in the...

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Listen to the Sounds Under the Hood

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Neale Davis | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People     “Joe (a pastor) was convinced of something that I (Tripp) have heard many pastors say to me as well: he was convinced that everyone else in the body of Christ could confess sin, but he could not and must not.” Page 77.   When I was in college I had an old car that my parents gave me.  It wasn’t a pretty car and definitely wasn’t a cool car, but it got me from point A to point B. Some of my friends told me later that they couldn’t imagine me driving anything else.  I’m...

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Authentic Community

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Neale Davis | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People “Is it biblical to tell pastors that they won’t be able to be friends with anyone, that they must live in an isolation that we would say is unhealthy for anyone else?” page 69. Ron, the pastor of a small congregation, became a casualty of the battle.  He was desperately lonely and did not know what to do about it. The call to proclaim the gospel and lead a group of people toward the Lord is a grand experience.  Many have experienced this remarkable honor.  Our churches are full of such...

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