All posts from “Compassion”

Ur Video: Churches Partner with Gay Mayor in Portland

January 5, 2012 12:00 AM

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Does the Church Need More 'Chaplains' or 'Leaders'?

December 5, 2011 12:00 AM

Our colleague at Christianity Today, Mark Galli, has written an article that has challenged prevailing assumptions about the role of pastors. He responds to the popular belief that healthy and effective pastors should be innovative leaders with dynamic personalities. In...

Catalyst 2011 Justice and Mercy Part 2

October 7, 2011 2:36 PM

Catalyst 2011 has sent a powerful message of Christ-centered justice and mercy for what Jesus called “the least of these my brothers and sisters.” So the message this week has been, “Come all you poor and brokenhearted. Come all you...

Catalyst 2011 Katie Davis

October 6, 2011 3:48 PM

I realize I’m surrounded by young Christian leaders, but I have a confession to make: as a general rule, I haven't always fully trusted leaders under 29. I know many who are brilliant, creative, fun, and spiritually deep, but I...

The Heart of Authority: Relationships

June 17, 2011 12:00 AM

Anthony, the junior high youth pastor who serves alongside me at River Valley Church, is an ace car mechanic. He’s my authority on all things pertaining to my 2001 Honda Civic. He can diagnose and fix my problem. He’s good,...

Special Needs Boy Removed From Worship

June 13, 2011 12:00 AM

Many churches focus on providing a compelling worship experience. The desire is to attract people to an excellent production where they can sing, learn, and leave feeling renewed. For decades we've called this approach "seeker-sensitive." But does that sensitivity have...

What Did Jesus Mean by "Judge Not"?

September 15, 2010 12:00 AM

What did Jesus mean when he said, “Judge not, and you will not be judged.” It’s one of the most commonly quoted verses from the bible (Luke 6:37). Many of us, and not merely politicians, invoke the verse as a...

Ur Video: Dever and Wallis on Justice and the Gospel (Part 5)

September 7, 2010 12:00 AM

In the final installment of Skye Jethani's interview with Jim Wallis and Mark Dever, they discuss the role of local congregations in God's mission of reconciliation. Dever and Wallis agree that Americans are too individualistic and that Scripture calls for...

Ur Video: Dever & Wallis on Justice and the Gospel (Part 4)

August 26, 2010 12:00 AM

Being justified by Christ leads a person to engage acts of justice. And the Christian witness of justice leads more people to be justified. But Wallis and Dever continue to disagree about whether justice is an "implication" of the gospel...

Justice: Sep/Oct Issue of "Catalyst Leadership" is Live!

August 23, 2010 12:00 AM

The latest issue of our digital magazine, Catalyst Leadership, is now live. We going deeper into the controversy and questions surrounding justice and evangelism. It's a strong line-up of contributors from both Leadership journal and recent Catalyst conferences: Andy Stanley,...

Ur Video: Dever & Wallis on Justice and the Gospel (Part 3)

August 16, 2010 12:00 AM

Is feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, healing the sick, and welcoming the stranger "gospel ministry"? In part 3 of the conversation about justice and the gospel, Mark Dever and Jim Wallis disagree about what can and cannot be legitimately...

Ur Video: Dever & Wallis on Justice and the Gospel (Part 2)

August 4, 2010 12:00 AM

In part two of the conversation between Mark Dever, Jim Wallis, and Skye Jethani, they talk about the judgment passage in Matthew 25. Was Jesus saying that our just and compassionate actions toward "the least of these" is central to...

Out of Context: Mark Dever

July 15, 2010 12:00 AM

This excerpt is taken from "Always Personal, Never Private" in the Summer issue of Leadership. "We have a special responsibility to make sure our brothers and sisters in Christ are cared for. Beyond that it is appropriate to care for...

Beyond Bono

July 8, 2010 12:00 AM

The summer issue of Leadership is about a week away from mailboxes. The theme is "Beyond Bono: Doing justice God's way is more than a fad." In the last few years, there has been a dramatic rise in pop-cultural engagement...

The Jumbo Jet Generation

June 1, 2010 12:00 AM

40 years ago the Boeing 747 entered commercial service on route between New York and London. While the spectators marveled at the technological achievement—no one had seen 700,000 pounds of aluminum fly before—no one in the crowd realized that they...

Jesus and the Health Care Bill

March 22, 2010 10:00 AM

This morning—the day after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the health-care measure—I feel a sense of gladness. I am glad that millions of Americans, many of them children, will have access to health insurance. I am glad that people...

Chris Seay: Don't Begin with Morality

March 1, 2010 12:00 AM

In the current issue of our digizine, Catalyst Leadership, there is a video of Chris Seay talking about his ministry among transvestite prostitutes in Houston. "If Jesus were in Houston, Texas, today this is where he would be," says Seay,...

The Battle Lines Over Justice

January 15, 2010 12:00 AM

As I write this, Christian relief agencies, denominations, churches, and parachurch ministries around the world are mobilizing to aid the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. But the call to alleviate suffering and rescue the oppressed is not only being...

Ur Video: Joel Hunter on Social Justice

December 3, 2009 12:00 AM

Catalyst Voices - Dr. Joel Hunter, "Social Justice" from Catalyst on Vimeo....

Matthew Sleeth on the Environment

October 7, 2009 2:34 PM

A few minutes into his talk on the church and the environment, Matthew Sleeth, MD called up a young man named David to share his story. David recounted how he had recently suffered a grand mal seizure. After a...

Doing Justice: the gift no one wants

October 7, 2009 2:16 PM

Everyone is for "justice," but as soon as anyone tries to make things more just, trouble follows. I came to this lab to hear from a panel of innovative activists who are working for justice....

Beyond "Us versus Them"

July 15, 2009 12:00 AM

When Andrew Marin's three best friends "came out" to him in three consecutive months, the self-proclaimed "Bible-banging homophobe" wanted desperately to understand his friends' experience. So he moved to Boystown, a Chicago neighborhood populated primarily by GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual,...

Limited Too is Now Justice

July 2, 2009 12:00 AM

by Troy Jackson Recently I needed to repair my car and chose a mechanic across the street from Kenwood Towne Center near Cincinnati. Typically, when a mall is too proud to call itself a mall, the shops are upscale, and...

Skye Jethani: Tortured Conscience

May 15, 2009 12:00 AM

A political dissident is arrested for leading a movement that threatens the stability of a region. He is ambushed and apprehended by his enemies, detained without a public trail, and tortured by soldiers at the command of their political leaders....

Tackling the Sex Trade: Live from Catalyst

April 25, 2009 9:46 AM

Friday morning's opening session began with a powerful music video that told the story of a thirteen-year-old girl from the Philippines named Constance. The video was based on a true story and told how Constance was sold by her...

Urban Exile: The Silence of the Lambs

April 20, 2009 8:00 AM

Stephen Colbert doesn't know his own race. The host of The Colbert Report, a satirical television news program on Comedy Central, claims to be colorblind, unable to discern his skin color. "People tell me I'm white," he said during...

Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church

February 23, 2009 12:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from Dave Gibbons' new book The Monkey and the Fish (Zondervan, 2009). The church is called to be a third-culture community. Third culture is about the two purposes of life for every Christ follower: loving...

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...

Urban Exile: Re-discovering Justice?

November 7, 2008 3:12 PM

We evangelical folk love conferences. We'll attend one across the country or host one in our spiffy new sanctuary--er, auditorium. Shoot, we'll even blog about a conference for those who couldn't make it. I've attended my fair share of these...

Stiff Necks and Bruised Reeds

September 12, 2008 12:00 AM

Sometime last year, a short passage of Scripture lodged in my brain. It's been rubbing and needling there ever since and challenging the way I think about ministry. The passage is from Isaiah 42. Describing Jesus, the Suffering Servant, the...

Felt-Needs and Messianic Marketing

July 11, 2008 12:00 AM

Conventional ministry wisdom goes something like this: When launching a new church, first analyze the felt-needs within the target area or population. Then construct ministries to address those felt-needs. Felt-needs based ministries will draw people to your church, and simultaneously...

Live from Shift: Ministry 2.0 in World 2.0

April 10, 2008 3:44 PM

Darren Whitehead leads the student ministry of Willow Creek. He compared the church in our changing culture to his own experience as an immigrant (he's from Australia). Most immigrants suffer from "cultural freeze," he says. This is the tendency...

Live from Shift: Telling Better Stories

April 9, 2008 4:30 PM

Here at Out of Ur we've been hosting a conversation about the themes found in Shane Claiborne's latest book, Jesus for President (part one and part two). As is evident from this conversation, Shane is a guy who provokes...

Out of Context: Rick Warren

October 10, 2007 12:00 AM

"The American church as a whole needs to move from selfish consumerism to unselfish contribution. Those are poles apart. To start with a woman who's most interested in how many diamonds she's got in her tennis bracelet, and move her...

The Gap between Rhetoric and Reality

September 21, 2007 12:00 AM

You may think writing a sermon every week is challenging work, but imagine writing speeches everyday for the leader of the free world. That was Michael Gerson's job for six years under President George W. Bush. Last night I attended...

Alien Nation

September 11, 2007 12:00 AM

We are putting the finishing touches on the next issue of Leadership built around the theme of ministering to people on the margins. Isaac Canales, pastor of Mission Ebenezer Family Church in Carson, California, has sent us this provocative article...

Out of Context: Mark Labberton

July 18, 2007 12:00 AM

"This disparity between economics and justice is an issue of worship. According to the narrative of Scripture, the very heart of how we show and distinguish true worship from false worship is apparent in how we respond to the poor,...

Imus's Scarring Words: An opportunity to learn

April 13, 2007 4:19 PM

LaTonya Taylor is an editor with Ignite Your Faith magazine. Here she offers perspective as a Christian, an African-American, and a woman. The maelstrom radio shock jock Don Imus started when he referred to members of the Rutgers University women's...

Name Calling

April 13, 2007 12:00 AM

What is a Christian response to the flap over radio personality Don Imus's description of the Rutgers women's basketball team? Is his firing a concession to pressure groups or an appropriate judgment? In this debate, is there something deeper to...

Redefining Character

March 22, 2007 12:00 AM

The spring issue of Leadership is just a few weeks away from the mailbox. The issue focuses upon the formation of the pastor's soul and character; the behind-the-scenes work of God in the lives of very public church leaders. Matt...

Sundance Film Festival: Report 1

January 22, 2007 12:00 AM

For ten days each winter filmmakers and film-lovers descend upon Park City, Utah, for a movie-watching frenzy. The Sundance Film Festival has been taking place since 1978 and has evolved into one of the premier independent film festivals in the...

Three Celebrities and a Funeral

January 10, 2007 12:00 AM

I took a bit of morning time to watch President Ford's funeral service as it was televised from the National Cathedral. There was music (Christian hymns which have buoyed the heart for many generations) sung and played with a beauty,...

Out of Context: Randall Hasper

December 13, 2006 12:00 AM

"We modern, well-educated, pastoral Dr. Phils may, if not careful, begin to think our answers are more important than God's Word or God's presence. But we must remember that we are servants of Christ in the ministry of healing damaged...

Preventing the End of the World

October 10, 2006 12:00 AM

The world is shrinking. One can hardly go a day without hearing about events in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, or Israel. Recently leaders from around the world gathered in New York for President Clinton's Global Initiative Conference to discuss the...

Catalytic Conversations: A beautiful and messy kingdom.

October 4, 2006 9:13 PM

Leadership editor Marshall Shelley is in Atlanta this week for the Catalyst Conference, where 9,000 mostly younger leaders of churches are meeting to discuss ministry in today's culture. Here's his first report. The conference officially begins tomorrow. Today was filled...

Pop Justice: Is social action the latest church trend?

September 25, 2006 12:00 AM

What do a pastor, a politician, and a pop star have in common? Until recently, not much. But Bono, lead singer of the band U2, has managed to unite these unlikely groups around the issue of social justice. As a...

The Poet of Ur: "Genus: Blog, Species: Comment"

January 31, 2006 12:00 AM

Wheaton College professor, and guest poet of Ur, Dan Haase has been watching our conversation from a distance. Dan sent along this short piece to help us pause and think. It has made me wonder, should this blog be seeking...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 4: McLaren's Response

January 30, 2006 12:00 AM

I read with interest - and some pain - the first few days' worth of responses to my article. I thought that some readers would be interested in a few of my responses to their responses. Before beginning though, I...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 3: A Prologue and Rant by Mark Driscoll

January 27, 2006 12:00 AM

Hundreds of readers have posted comments about Brian McLaren's article on forming a pastoral response to the "homosexual question." One such reader was Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. As "one of the 50 most influential pastors...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 2: A Blogger's Response

January 26, 2006 12:00 AM

Since posting Brian McLaren's commentary about homosexuality we've had difficulty keeping pace with the responses being written. Reading through the comments reveals why homosexuality is known as a "wedge issue" in our culture. Our readers appear divided between heralding McLaren...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question: Finding a Pastoral Response

January 23, 2006 12:00 AM

In his prominent role as author, theologian, speaker, and leader of the emergent conversation some forget that Brian McLaren is also a pastor. In the latest issue of Leadership Journal, which focuses on ministry in a sexually charged culture, Brian...

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