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Seriously Silly

April 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Back in the 1990s, Phil Vischer achieved success with the creation of CG Protestant produce. Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber were the stars VeggieTales, the kids video series that smashed sales records and taught a whole generation that...

Ur Video: Dever Worries "Gospel" Isn't Individual Enough

February 28, 2012 12:00 AM

This interview by Ed Stetzer with Mark Dever caught me by surprise. They're talking about the renewed interest among evangelicals in a "larger gospel" that captures a kingdom theology. Dever sees it as exceedingly dangerous because a focus on doing...

Ur Video: N.T. Wright on Genesis 1...Literally

February 17, 2012 12:00 AM

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Exorcise Wall Street

February 15, 2012 12:00 AM

There was an occasion in the 60s where a bunch of hippies surrounded the Pentagon and tried to exorcise the demons. It didn’t work. Despite their valiant effort, not much happened that day. Nevertheless, I am one of those Christians...

Book Review: "The King Jesus Gospel" by Scot McKnight

November 7, 2011 12:00 AM

The what-is-the-gospel discussion continues. The latest contribution to the conversation comes from the prolific New Testament professor Scot McKnight in his new book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Zondervan, 2011). In the preface, N.T. Wright suggests...

John Piper "Suspicious" of Muslim Dreams of Jesus

November 2, 2011 12:00 AM

Stories of Muslims coming to faith in Christ because of a vision or dream are not uncommon. In fact, we have reported on such things in the pages of Leadership Journal. Naeem Fazal, pastor of Mosaic Church in Charlotte, North...

Url's Links of the Week

February 11, 2011 12:00 AM

Urthlings, This is your leader. Here are the links and videos you may have missed this week. Consume them and be disturbed. Live well and evangelize. Url Michelle Obama tells churches to eat better. The First Lady marked the first...

Is "Leadership" Biblical? (The Rebuttal)

January 18, 2011 12:00 AM

One of my favorite guys and discussion partners in the world, David Fitch, wrote a post giving five reasons he believes the idea of "leadership" as it is currently used is unbiblical. I don't think it was Dave's intention to disown...

Ur Video: Ted Haggard Scolds Evangelicals

January 13, 2011 12:00 AM

With a new church and a new documentary airing on TLC January 16 (Ted Haggard: Scandalous), Haggard is back in the media spotlight. In this clip from an interview with ABC News, Haggard shares his new thoughts about the evangelical...

Is "Leadership" Biblical?

January 12, 2011 12:00 AM

There’s been much ranting and raving on the inadequacies of leadership in the church, but I must admit I recoil whenever I hear people say “leadership is Biblical” for a lot of reasons. When I say “leadership” I am talking...

10 Commandments of Scripture Interpretation

November 15, 2010 12:00 AM

I. You shall not make for yourself an idol out of Scripture. This is a particular temptation among evangelicals who hold a very high view of Scripture. We forget that our highest calling is not to have a relationship...

More Evidence of Religious and Biblical Illiteracy

September 29, 2010 12:00 AM

The results of a Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life survey have been widely reported this week. Pew asked 3,400 Americans 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity, and other world religions. The results were surprising. It turns out that...

Tuesdays with Tozer

April 6, 2010 12:00 AM

I'm thrilled to welcome Margaret Feinberg to Out of Ur this spring. Margaret is a fine author and speaker, and she's a great addition to the conversation on Ur. For the next few weeks we'll be posting her reflections on...

Ur Video: Leonard Sweet on Reading Scripture

January 20, 2010 12:00 AM

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Not a Christian, But a Christ-Follower?

November 4, 2009 12:00 AM

Anyone can understand the desire for an alternative to the word “Christian.” There are plenty of “Christians” I’d rather not be associated with. I’d much prefer to maintain my relationship with Jesus while making clear to others I am not...

Margaret Feinberg: The Surprising Truth About Shepherds

October 21, 2009 12:00 AM

As we finished our tea and truffles, I took Lynne to the book of 1 Samuel. I explained that the first mention of someone in Scripture often reveals something significant about the person’s character. The first king of Israel, Saul,...

Margaret Feinberg on Scouting the Divine

October 9, 2009 9:58 AM

The prolific author (without her constant canine companion, Hershey) introduced her latest book, and gave a copy to each attender at Catalyst: Scouting The Divine: My Search For God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey (Zondervan). To write the book,...

Andy Stanley on How Leaders Make Their Mark

October 8, 2009 10:43 AM

Andy Stanley opened Catalyst 09 with an illustration from the Ridley Scott movie, Kingdom of Heaven. In this movie, set in the medieval Crusades, the blacksmith has a phrase inscribed in his shop in Latin: “What man is a man...

The Publisher Parries

May 29, 2009 10:49 AM

Editor's Note: When we received Greg Boyd's review of The American Patriot's Bible, we sent it to the folks at Thomas Nelson Publishers and asked them if they wanted to respond. The Bible's editor, Richard G. Lee sent us this...

Ur Video: The American Patriot's Bible

May 28, 2009 12:00 AM

This video was produced by Thomas Nelson, publisher of The American Patriot's Bible. Be sure to read Greg Boyd's scathing review of the Patriot's Bible, and stay tuned for a response from the editor. A few excerpts from the video:...

Book Review: The Patriot's Bible (part 2)

May 26, 2009 12:00 AM

Read part 1 of Greg Boyd's review of The Patriot's Bible. It's perhaps not coincidental that the Patriot's Bible offers no commentary on any passages related to our instruction to love and do good to our enemies. But the Revolutionary...

Book Review: The Patriot's Bible (part 1)

May 22, 2009 12:00 AM

Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, The American Patriot's Bible (henceforth Patriot's Bible) consists of hundreds of commentaries on various patriotic themes, ranging in length from one sentence to four pages, inserted at various points throughout the New King James Version...

Biblical Literacy Reaches New Low

January 9, 2009 10:28 AM

by Brian Lowery Today, Friday, January 9, 2009 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America has officially become utterly and inexcusably biblically illiterate. Let me explain. Each Friday, over on the Preaching Today...

Scot McKnight: Bible Maestros

January 8, 2009 12:00 AM

The great Reformer Martin Luther famously found the letter of James to be a strawy epistle because, in his judgment, it did not teach enough Christ or faith or grace. It had too much law for him. Most of...

Review: The Blue Parakeet, Part 2

October 24, 2008 12:00 AM

In an earlier post, I outlined the content of Scot McKnight's new book, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking how you read the Bible. Here are a few reflections on what I consider the book's primary strengths and weaknesses. First the...

Review: The Blue Parakeet, Part 1

October 23, 2008 12:00 AM

While the majority of academics won't - or can't - write for a popular audience, Scot McKnight is willing and able. And in The Blue Parakeet (Zondervan, 2008), he opens the complex issue of biblical interpretation to the uninitiated...

Live From Catalyst: McKnight on Bad Bible Reading

October 8, 2008 4:01 PM

by Skye Jethani Day 1 at Catalyst in Atlanta is dominated by the Labs. These smaller breakout sessions give conference attendees a more intimate setting to hear from authors, thinkers, and leaders in a more interactive environment. My first stop...

If Your Hand Causes You to Sin...

October 3, 2008 12:00 AM

by Url Scaramanga I would like to thank Mr. Victor T. Cheney for recently sending me a copy of the second edition of his self-published pamphlet titled "Celibacy Guaranteed: For a Safe and Happy Future." Mr. Cheney has asked us...

The Green-Letter Bible

September 24, 2008 10:12 AM

Late yesterday afternoon, I received a copy of The Green Bible (HarperOne), and I'm not sure what to make of it. The Bible is "green" in composition, which I appreciate. Its pages are made of 10 percent post-consumer recycled...

The Wright Brothers (in Christ)

August 15, 2008 12:00 AM

Recently I was asked where theology was headed. I assured my reader that I wasn't "in the know" but that I would hazard a guess or two. First I thought we were likely to see a more robust Trinitarian theology,...

Cartoon: Biblical Literacy

July 21, 2008 9:10 AM

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Cartoon: The Right Translation

June 23, 2008 12:00 AM

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Out of Context: Tim Keller

April 24, 2008 12:00 AM

"Today there are many who doubt that there is just one gospel. That gives them the warrent to ignore the gospel of atonement and justification. There are others who don't like to admit that there are different forms to...

Pop Quiz

February 25, 2008 12:00 AM

If you've already taken the quiz and gotten your score, post your comments below. How well did the quiz describe you? If you haven't already taken the quiz, now it's your turn. You can find "The Hermeneutics Quiz" here. Then...

Pagan Christianity (Part 2)

February 19, 2008 10:11 AM

Many of you have requested a more formal review of Pagan Christianity, and I feel obliged to provide one. It should be said, however, that Out of Ur is not usually a place for reviews. We offer snippets and opinions...

Is the Pastorate Pagan?

February 14, 2008 9:19 AM

I appreciate it when a writer shows all his cards at the beginning of a book so I don't have to guess at his presuppositions. Frank Viola does just that in the opening line of his newly re-released Pagan...

Out of Context: Tim Keel

January 28, 2008 12:00 AM

"In the modern world, we tend to reduce the complexity and diversity of the Scriptures to simple systems, even when our systems flatten the diversity and integrity of the biblical witness. We reduce our sermons to consumer messages that reduce...

John Ortberg Takes the Quiz

January 24, 2008 12:00 AM

As expected, the blog has been abuzz with people's opinions about Scot McKnight's hermeneutical quiz in the new issue of Leadership. Some of the heat is coming from the assumption - primarily by those who have not seen the quiz...

The Hermeneutics Quiz

January 21, 2008 12:00 AM

As you read this, the winter issue of Leadership is hitting mailboxes. One of the more provocative features of the issue will no doubt be a hermeneutics quiz created by Scot McKnight. The issue's theme is, "Is Our Gospel...

The Organic Bible

June 21, 2007 12:00 AM

Previously, John Dunham from the International Bible Society wrote about the unintended impact of having scripture divided by chapters and verses. It's led to what he calls "verse jacking," taking scripture out of context and using it for a purpose...

High Fructose Scripture

June 5, 2007 12:00 AM

There are many dangers in ministry. Jesus warned about the yeast of the Pharisees. Paul warned about engaging foolish controversies. But what about enumerated chapters and verses in the Bible-are those numbers added by editors a threat to sound teaching?...

Quiet Graces at a Loud Conference

February 9, 2007 12:00 AM

Last year at the National Pastors Convention, Dallas Willard spoke at an early morning Bible study gathering. Unlike the main sessions the Bible study had no music, no flashing lights, no massive screen. There was nothing remotely worshipful or stimulating...

The Myth of Expository Preaching (part 3): responding to Scripture as a community

July 28, 2006 12:00 AM

In his final post outlining an alternative to expository preaching, David Fitch invites us to think differently about how we respond to Scripture. Rather than three alliterated application points, why not a liturgical response? And instead of preaching that targets...

Your Own Personal Jesus: Is the language of "a personal relationship" biblical?

March 24, 2006 12:00 AM

The song "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode describes the faith of many: "Your own personal Jesus. Someone to hear your prayers. Someone who cares." In this post, John Suk, a professor of homiletics at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, The...

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