All posts from “Criticism”

Inside the Battle at Coral Ridge

November 16, 2011 12:00 AM

Tullian Tchividjian knows all about filling big shoes. Not only is he the grandson of Billy Graham, but in 2009 Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) stepped into another pair of Shaq-sized sneakers. He succeeded the late James Kennedy as pastor of Coral...

Ur Video: Chandler vs. Furtick

August 29, 2011 12:00 AM

Everyone in pastoral ministry has a bias. Some of us prefer deep doctrinal teaching. Others value ministry that is practical and immediately applicable. Others are all about reaching those far from God. And while there is nothing wrong with those...

Lausanne Congress Day 4: Conflict and Reconciliation

October 21, 2010 2:33 PM

In the January 2011 issue of Leadership, we will be featuring an interview with Ken Sande, head of Peacemaker Ministries, which helps Christians and their churches respond to conflict biblically, and assists with reconciliation. This week, Ken Sande is in...

Driscoll, Avatar, and Native Justice

July 27, 2010 12:00 AM

Last week Dr. Metzger wrote on Ur about the novelty of multi-ethnic efforts in the church today. He asked whether justice was really taking root in our hearts, or is it just a trend. In this follow-up post he exposes...

What "I'm Not Being Fed" Really Means (Part 1)

April 26, 2010 12:00 AM

This article comes from our friends at PreachingToday.com. Check out more on PT blog. I have a confession to make. I am fed up with hearing people say, "I'm not being fed." While I do not hear it often, the...

What Evangelicals and Atheists Have in Common

April 22, 2010 12:00 AM

For obvious reasons, atheists and evangelicals often find themselves on opposite sides of the cultural battle line. The rise of “New Atheism” via best selling books by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, and the emergence of “Constitutional Evangelicals” comprised of...

Worship with Muslims and Jews?

March 12, 2010 12:00 AM

The pastor who coined the word “glocal” to describe his church’s approach to missions has led his Texas congregation to visit new territories: the synagogue and mosque down the street. In January, NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas, worshipped with Temple...

"Deadly Viper" Put to Death

December 4, 2009 12:00 AM

Last month a significant controversy arose around the book Deadly Viper Character Assassins: A Kung Fu Survival Guide for Life and Leadership by Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite. The accusation made by numerous Christian leaders in the Asian-American community was...

Ur Video: Perry Noble on Responding to Critics

November 18, 2009 12:00 AM

How should you and your church respond to critics? Perry Noble has some experience with the subject and some wisdom to share....

Church Rater or Church Hater?

September 21, 2009 12:00 AM

I love rotten tomatoes. Not the produce—the website. RottenTomatoes.com is a movie ranking website that aggregates reviews from hundreds of journalists and movie reviewers, and then charts how “fresh” a film is based on the percentage of positive reviews. If...

Preach Dirty to Me

June 2, 2009 12:00 AM

For a couple of years now, long-time pastor and theologian John MacArthur has been critical of Mark Driscoll's use of crude language in the pulpit. In the end, MacArthur believes Driscoll has crossed a line, and it's time for him...

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...

Cartoon: Love, Theologically

March 16, 2009 12:00 AM

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Live from NPC: Rob Bell

February 11, 2009 4:12 PM

Most of the church leaders attending this morning's session at NPC probably thought they don't share much in common with mega-church pastor, mega-celebrity, mega-author Rob Bell. They were wrong. Bell spoke about being criticized - the "million little paper cuts"...

What We Evangelicals Do Well

October 31, 2008 12:00 AM

I'm proud to be an evangelical. I think we do many things well. Some will roll their eyes at those first two statements. Why? Criticizing evangelicalism is fashionable and evangelicals have joined the fashion, sometimes with apocalyptic fervor. I wonder...

Live from Catalyst: Day 2 Color Commentary

October 9, 2008 11:18 AM

Skye is offering a terrific play by play. Let me offer a word of commentary on one entry he mentioned. One of the people I was most interested to meet at Catalyst was William Paul Young, the author of "The...

Cartoon: Love, Theologically Speaking

October 6, 2008 8:24 AM

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Taking The Shack to the Shed

June 16, 2008 4:33 PM

A graduate professor of mine liked to say that every attempt to explain the Trinity is heresy - every metaphor overemphasizes either God's one-ness or his three-ness. In his bestselling novel, The Shack, William P. Young tries to explain...

Fitch and Driscoll: Round Two

June 10, 2008 8:33 AM

In his first post, David Fitch argued that all converts are not necessarily the same in terms of time and context, and that emerging/emergent, neo-monastic communities, and megachurches each minister in different contexts and, in some cases, with different...

Driscoll: Emerging Churches "Don't Have Converts"

June 3, 2008 12:00 AM

Last year at the Convergent Conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mark Driscoll made the following remark: And all the nonsense of emerging, and Emergent, and new monastic communities, and, you know, all of these various kinds of ridiculous conversations--I'll...

Thus Saith the Radio

August 23, 2007 12:00 AM

Sola gratia, sola fide, sola scriptura,?sola radio? The following conversation is based on true events. Church member: "Pastor, I'm very disturbed by something you said in your sermon yesterday." Pastor: "I'm glad you came to talk with me about it....

Brian McLaren Thanks God for Enemies

March 8, 2007 12:00 AM

Have you ever heard of Nikolai Velimirovic? I hadn't either until Brian McLaren introduced me to a prayer written by the Serbian Orthodox bishop. McLaren credits the bishop with helping him process the increasing criticism he's received in recent years....

Out of Context: Ivy Beckwith

November 17, 2006 12:00 AM

"Just look at church websites. How many of them have this picture of a perfect family with a blue sky background. They all look so nice in their polo shirts, and the kids all have straight teeth. It's all just...

Campolo and McLaren 2: Radio Orthodoxy

October 11, 2005 10:18 AM

Tony Campolo and Brian McLaren are influential among church leaders, although their influence is often from a negative position. Some would say their value is in how many people they make mad. Both men have taken contrarian stances on many...

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