Biff loves the ministry. He enjoys it so much that his family is falling apart. He has been living a dual life for several years as he has secretly attempted to hold his family together while publicly telling others how to follow Christ. His approach to ministry and family has been losing steam, and now he and his wife are in counseling because she is dissatisfied with their marriage and disappointed in him.
Biff knew he was using the ministry for selfish purposes, but he kept himself so busy that he muted his conscience. It was sanitized sinning, to the point that he could not see the depth of his problems.
His hardened conscience and insatiable dissatisfaction opened the door to a sinful lifestyle. He could engage sin privately and serve Jesus publicly. Sin was a “safe escape,” which is how he had rationalized it. Biff is in a deep hole, and the only way he would be willing to come out of it was if he knew he would not lose his ministry.
The church leadership is unaware of these problems, and the congregation sees Biff as a Christlike example worth emulating. This charade only fuels the fire of his wife’s anger. As their children grow up, they are becoming less impressed with the church.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).