Category Archives: Sin

Identifying Your Source Idol(s)

When preaching on idols a couple of Sundays ago, I made reference to my friend Darrin Patrick’s differentiation between surface idols and source idols. The following is taken from Patrick’s book Church Planter, pages 164-167. Patrick acknowledges his indebtedness in this area to thinkers like Tim Keller, Dick Kaufman, Dick Keyes, and Jack Miller.

The IDOL of COMFORT

(Privacy, lack of stress, freedom)

Price we will pay- Reduced productivity

Greatest nightmare- Stress, demands

Others often feel- Hurt

Problem emotion – Boredom

The IDOL of APPROVAL

(Affirmation, love, relationships)

Price we will pay- Less independence

Greatest Nightmare- Rejection

Others often feel- Smothered

Problem emotion- Cowardice

The IDOL of CONTROL

(Self -discipline, certainty, standards)

Price we will pay- Loneliness; spontaneity

Greatest nightmare- Uncertainty

Others often feel- Condemned

Problem emotion- Worry

The IDOL of POWER

(Success, winning, influence)

Price we will pay- Burdened; responsibility

Greatest Nightmare- Humiliation

Others often feel- Used

Problem emotion- Anger

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Fighting Sin

Came across this great quote by Billy Sunday over at Trevin Wax’s blog:

I’m against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a foot, and I’ll fight it as long as I’ve got a fist. I’ll butt it as long as I’ve got a head. I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old and fistless and footless and tootheless, I’ll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition!”