All posts from “Dependence on god”

Jim Cymbala at the Jacksonville Pastors Conference

January 28, 2012 8:00 PM

I just watched the Pentecostal preacher Jim Cymbala give an altar call and about 400 Baptist pastors came forward for prayer. Here's what happened. Cymbala told a moving story about his young grandson, an adopted child from Ethiopia named Levi....

Praying For The Weekend: Mindy Caliguire

October 28, 2011 12:00 AM

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Catalyst 2011 Mark Driscoll

October 7, 2011 9:25 AM

Now I know why people enjoy listening to Mark Driscoll. He’s engaging, funny, provocative, pastoral, and so darn interesting. Here are a few of his best one-liners: •"Some people deal with fear by reading books on the rapture and continually...

Catalyst 2011 Francis Chan

October 6, 2011 5:32 PM

Here's a quick take from Francis Chan's talk. Chan started with 1 Samuel 30, a story from David's life. David and his soldiers had just returned from battle only to find their entire village razed and that the captors had...

Praying For The Weekend: Mindy Caliguire

September 30, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: David Platt

September 23, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: Francis Chan

September 16, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: Shane Claiborne

September 9, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: Mark Driscoll

September 2, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: Tony Campolo

August 26, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: Tim Keller

August 19, 2011 12:00 AM

As the summer comes to an end and a new ministry season launches in many congregation, I thought we should start a new segment on Out of Ur. So every Friday we will have a post about prayer called "Praying...

What Drives You?

January 3, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest issue of Catalyst Leadership has been released. This time we are focused on "The Drive." What fuels your ministry? What keeps you going? And what does a godly ambition really look like? As we being a new year,...

Catalyst Day One: Soul and Skills Part 2

October 7, 2010 3:00 PM

Daniel Pink is the author of "Drive," a new book about motivation. He brought his core message to the Catalyst crowd. Money is a motivator, he admits, but it is limited. (You can’t pay someone unfairly. But once you pay...

Catalyst Day One: Soul and Skills

October 7, 2010 2:36 PM

“The tension is good.” That’s the theme of this year’s Catalyst Conference, and Andy Stanley’s opening session talk described the tensions caused by our appetites: “Food and sex, and food and sex, and the guys in the room are saying...

Catalyst: Temptations in the Dip

October 6, 2010 10:17 PM

Perhaps my favorite lab of the day was led by Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville. He titled the session: “Temptations in the Dip,” and by that he means seasons of life when things aren’t going well....

I Need to Cover My Mouth when I Preach

August 20, 2010 12:00 AM

I love and hate the book of Job. I love it because it poses challenging pastoral questions—like being tested by God or God’s tolerance for the devil—but I hate it because it challenges my understanding of what it means to...

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...

Brothers and Sisters, We Kinda Sorta Are Professionals

July 13, 2010 12:00 AM

If there’s one issue that all pastors must wrestle with, beyond how the Gospel applies to their own lives and ministry, it’s the issue of rest and Sabbath. Wait—scratch that. Those are actually the same issue. There was a time...

Tuesdays with Tozer–Simplicity

April 27, 2010 12:00 AM

I’m struck by the fact that Tozer wrote these words in 1948–more than 60 years ago. Was he ahead of time? Or is the craving for simplicity a constant one? Are there always distractions and busyness–whether you’re living in the...

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....

What Clergy Do Not Need

November 11, 2009 12:00 AM

I do not think clergy need more lectures about self-care. It seems that at every ordination or installation service I attend there is a charge given about clergy self care. One minister stands up and tells another minister that they...

The Hansen Report: Calling Out Counterfeit Gods

October 14, 2009 12:00 AM

There is nothing like a recession to put Americans in a reflective mood. Unemployment and a devalued stock market have led many to consider whether money is the pre-eminent form of American idolatry. New York Times columnist David Brooks...

Dave Ramsey's Momentum Theorum

October 9, 2009 9:18 AM

The irrepressible financial guru Dave Ramsey burst on the Catalyst stage talking about “momentum.” “When you have it, you look better than you are. When you don’t have it, you’re better than you look.” He talked about times his ministry...

Priscilla Shirer on Leading like Joshua

October 9, 2009 8:39 AM

As a leader, you face a lot of great projects to take on, a lot of good directions to go. But in Friday’s first session, Priscilla Shirer reminded the Catalyst crowd to proceed only down those paths on which...

Rob Bell on the Reward of the Tenth Commandment

October 8, 2009 2:28 PM

Rob Bell warned the crowd before he began: “I’ve never talked about some of this publicly but I have a sense that we need to.” So we buckled our seatbelts. He talked about the pastor he met who wanted...

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...

Catalyst Day 1: A Lab on Your Heart Condition

October 7, 2009 10:47 AM

Mark Batterson led off the Catalyst lab sessions with a few words from his upcoming book Primal, which led into a reflection on the foundation of ministry. (Kevin Miller was across the room blogging this session as well, and...

Mark Batterson on his new book "Primal" and on "Altar Building"

October 7, 2009 10:39 AM

> Skye Jethani, managing editor of Leadership and www.OutOfUr.com, introduced Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. Batterson described his forthcoming book, Primal (Multnomah):...

The Dangers of Easter

March 31, 2009 10:29 AM

As we journey through Lent toward Easter, I want to be mindful of the dangers that surround this season and threaten the soul of a community and the soul of a pastor. What danger? The temptation to bait and switch....

God’s Voice in the Global Market Meltdown

November 18, 2008 12:00 AM

by Dave Gibbons I imagine you may be paying more attention to the market news. Our 401Ks have turned into a 201Ks! The markets are in transition. Most likely this recession will not be quickly fixed with bailouts and the...

Why I am Hopeful

October 20, 2008 12:00 AM

Has the economy got you worried? When pundits are throwing around statements like, "The worst market since the Great Depression," it's natural to get concerned. But Andy Crouch has a different take. He's written a really insightful article for our...

Urban Exile: Following Jesus in the Face of Fear

September 9, 2008 12:00 AM

Pulling up to a busy intersection recently, my wife and I were startled to see a car with its rear windshield shattered. Out of the damaged car leaped a man with a baseball bat, yelling and chasing the two apparent...

Great is Thy Effectiveness?

August 12, 2008 12:00 AM

Something's wrong. We pastors are the stewards, the spokespeople, the advocates of a message of hope, life, and peace. And yet so few of us seem to be experiencing these qualities in our own lives. Something's wrong. In a world...

Out of Context: John Ortberg

April 24, 2007 12:00 AM

"If I'm to preach to people effectively, I must be freed from my need for their approval and applause. As long as I am chained to that need, then my preaching will really be trying to fill up something in...

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....

Caring for the Inner Pastor

February 15, 2007 12:00 AM

Dallas Willard has written about the importance of soul care for those of us in ministry. He says, The call of God to minister the gospel is a high honor and a noble challenge. It carries with it unique opportunities...

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...

National Pastors Convention: Will Willimon has Control Issues

February 22, 2006 12:00 AM

Leadership's editorial team is posting from sunny San Diego this week. We've gathered with 1700 other church leaders for the National Pastors Convention. At the opening session Methodist bishop Will Willimon spoke (with his charming and colorful Southern humor) about...

Catalyst Dispatch: Andy Stanley on Integrity

October 7, 2005 12:11 PM

(Here's a post from Cory Whitehead, editor of the Building Church Leaders newsletter, one our Leadership guys on site at the Catalyst conference here in Atlanta.) Integrity. We hear all about it today, or at least the lack thereof. Enron,...

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