Episode 612: Kyle Idleman on Redefining Moral Failure, Productivity as Identity, the Power of Early Intervention, and The Value of a Sabbatical When You’re Not In Crisis

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Episode 612: Kyle Idleman on Redefining Moral Failure, Productivity as Identity, the Power of Early Intervention, and The Value of a Sabbatical When You’re Not In Crisis

Kyle Idleman opens up about redefining moral failure, what happens when your productivity is your identity, early intervention on the road to burnout, and the value of an extended sabbatical when you’re not in crisis.

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I was resisting something that could be a gift. - @KyleIdleman Click To Tweet It's not my calling to comment on everything that happens. - @KyleIdleman Click To Tweet If I'm worn out, I'm wearing people out. - @KyleIdleman Click To Tweet The perception of the church went from being irrelevant to being dangerous. - @KyleIdleman Click To Tweet

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