Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Loss

Four Tasks

(In his series Praying the Gospel, Cole taught the Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11 and gave some particular counsel for when we know we need to forgive but don’t know how. This article is adapted from his sermon notes, where he moved to practice after establishing that only in the gospel do we find the wherewithal and motivation to forgive.) Jesus taught us to pray forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Still, this is a struggle. Part of... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Sep 26 | 0 comments
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Exits Stage Left

Sometimes people leave our church for another one. How do we respond to that without defensiveness or defiance? Defensiveness is hearing but not listening. Defiance is worse. In both postures pride swells and we act like our church has it together with nothing to learn. I have a book called Exit Interviews by Bill Hendricks. I read it when I was just starting out as a pastor, and try to remember from it that there is always something to learn from those who leave, and sometimes there... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Mar 23 | 0 comments
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Candles in the Wind

I hope I’ve learned by now to ache for the fallen pastor rather than pounce on him. God told Cain it is the impulse of sin to pounce. Self-righteous sin has especially strong quads. It doesn’t matter whether I personally know the fallen pastor. I know the job. It doesn’t matter whether his temptations beset me or not. Anyone is vulnerable to his basest desires. When it comes to the downfalls of public-figure pastors, we’re all in plaza seating in social media settings. I’m the young man in... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Apr 21 | 0 comments
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