All posts from “Commitment”

Driscoll Drops Acts 29 & Gospel Coalition

March 30, 2012 2:02 PM

On Wednesday Mark Driscoll announced his resignation from the presidency of the Acts 29 church planting network. The same day leaders from The Gospel Coalition said they received a letter from Driscoll announcing his resignation from the group's leadership council....

Does "Born-Again" = Small Brain?

June 3, 2011 12:00 AM

A study released last week by the Duke University Medical Center finds that Mainline Protestants have larger brains, literally, than "born-again" Christians, Roman Catholics, or the religiously unaffiliated. The research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Templeton...

Dave Gibbons' Hardcore Lent

March 3, 2011 12:00 AM

Do you dare? Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9th. The purpose of lent is for prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial. It could be a grueling 46 days. People ask me about the options for observing this season of the...

Struggling with Thankfulness in Ministry

July 16, 2010 12:00 AM

It’s true confession time. I struggle to be thankful. I’ve been reading a lot in the Old Testament recently (for a class; I’m not so holy.). One of the themes that has jumped out at me again and again throughout...

Dallas Willard on How We Assess Spiritual Growth

May 3, 2010 12:00 AM

How can churches know if they are being effective at making disciples? Many churches are measuring the wrong things. We measure things like attendance and giving, but we should be looking at more fundamental things like anger, contempt, honesty, and...

Tuesdays With Tozer- Worship

April 13, 2010 12:00 AM

As you discovered last week, we’re going to be celebrating Tuesdays With Tozer this spring. Tozer has a knack for stirring up the hunger to know God in my own heart and I hope he’ll do the same for you....

Avatar and Becoming Mature in Christ

February 17, 2010 12:00 AM

I have been thinking a lot lately about Colossians 1, where Paul writes: "We proclaim Christ, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this reason I labor, struggling with...

Rick Warren on Radical Membership

February 10, 2010 10:48 AM

Does your church emphasize, encourage, and value membership? In many places the notion of church membership has fallen out of favor. Rick Warren thinks that is a “serious mistake.” Speaking this morning at the Radicalis conference at Saddleback Church, Pastor...

The Hansen Report: Subverting for the Sake of Christ

February 8, 2010 12:00 AM

At the same time that many evangelical leaders lament the sin in our midst, talk of transforming the world for Christ rallies big crowds to action. We bemoan the present world as we long for Christ to return and...

Interview with a Street Preacher

January 4, 2010 12:00 AM

In response to my recent Out of Ur lament about street preachers, many Urbanites vigorously defended those who take to the streets to preach. I’m used to dissenting opinions here at Ur, but I was surprised by how many spoke...

The Hansen Report: A Thanksgiving Meditation

November 25, 2009 12:00 AM

Surely I’m the only person in the land of Ur whose prayer life occasionally runs aground on the rocks of ministry demands. But just in case I’m not, I thought Thanksgiving might be the right time to explore a...

Tony Jones: We Ordain Everyone

May 11, 2009 12:00 AM

Do you believe in ordination? Or, more accurately stated, do you believe in denominational structures that regulate who is ordained for ministry based on prerequisites, credentials, and education? Tony Jones, author and a leading voice of the emergent church, has...

Urban Exile: Will Compassion Survive This Season?

December 19, 2008 12:00 AM

by David Swanson An excerpt... For all of our recent talk of being missional, these days of economic uncertainty may prove to be an important test. Serving and giving from a position of security is one thing; generosity to the...

Baptizing Everything but the Wallet

November 17, 2008 12:00 AM

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The Life You've Always Wanted (in Bed)

July 22, 2008 8:00 AM

A number of churches are now preaching a message I never heard from the pulpit growing up: God wants you to have sex. Lots of sex. Great sex. All for his glory, of course. In February 2008, Relevant Church...

God and/or Country?

July 3, 2008 12:00 AM

I've got a special treat for you to commemorate Independence Day - a preview of the summer issue of Leadership due out later this month. The issue focuses on the intersection of church ministry and politics (not an irrelevant subject...

Out of Context: Bryan Wilkerson

November 29, 2007 12:00 AM

"These days, people can get good teaching, wonderful music, and excellent writing, whether through iPods, TV, or online. They learn to shop around and pick and choose. Then they expect the same high quality in their local church. A generation...

Living with Less

October 9, 2007 12:00 AM

Chad Hall is experiencing the simpler life. Intentionally. And he's wondering what effect his quest for less has on those he leads. And he has three questions we can ask. Everywhere I go these days, big is in. My combo...

So Many Christian Infants

October 1, 2007 12:00 AM

Gordon MacDonald's column for October is my own lament: Why are there so many spiritual babies? And why don't the mature believers do something about it? We're really good at bringing people into the kingdom, Gordon says, but lousy at...

No Transformation Necessary

March 27, 2007 12:00 AM

Dallas Willard has said, "We fail to be disciples only because we do not decide to be. We do not intend to be disciples." But which is the greater problem, the person who does not intend to be a disciple...

70 Effective Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

December 26, 2006 12:00 AM

Making a resolution for 2007? Before you do, check out the resolutions of one of America's most celebrated pastors. Eric Reed shares with us Jonathan Edwards' effective resolutions. Jonathan Edwards was a serious man. Even at 19, the young man...

Out of Context: J. I. Packer

November 3, 2006 12:00 AM

"There's no sense that people need to be born again. There's no sense that Christians are different altogether at root level from non-Christians in society." -J. I. Packer is the Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. and...

Evangelical Immigration

October 16, 2006 12:00 AM

Regular Out of Ur contributor David Fitch is back to share his thoughts on church shopping, staying put, and ecumenism. And what's with all the evangelicals going high-church anyway? I'd like to say some things about the evangelicals going high...

Spiritual Formation: we’ve already got a proven model, but do we want it?

July 23, 2006 7:43 AM

Recently friends from a major publisher of Sunday school curriculum called me. They were researching trends in spiritual formation, they said, and they thought I might help them. After a few warm-up questions, they got to the heart of the...

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