Acedia is the most burdensome of all the demons -- so says Evagrius of Pontus. Acedia attacks around midday (10 am to 2 pm for a monk who rose at dawn and went to bed at dark). Sometime after lunch, the day DOES seem to drag on forever....My early burst of energy is gone. The … Continue reading Contemporary Pastor Reports Midday Acedia Attack
Staff meetings early in my ministry left me exhausted. After the meeting, I would expend more energy replaying the meeting, trying to understand what happened, how I had been misunderstood once again, what my co-worker "really" meant by, etc. etc. etc.... After one particularly intense and conflicted staff meeting, I crashed into my colleague's office … Continue reading The Noon Day Demon
What should be the goal of ministry? Success? Productivity? An increasing "platform"? I'd argue that the goal of ministry is to produce fruit worthy of the Gospel (Col. 1.10). So how to be fruitful in ministry? We bear fruit when we abide in the Vine (John 15.4-5). We abide in Jesus when we learn how to … Continue reading Success in Ministry?