All posts from “Education”

To Change, Or Not To Change

October 8, 2013 9:00 AM

The future of seminary education (“Does the M.Div. have a future?”) was much discussed last week here on Ur. Here are some relevant selections from the comments for your viewing pleasure ... or displeasure, depending on your educational views....

Does the M.Div. Have a Future?

October 1, 2013 2:43 PM

Ur's been talking about the changing nature of theological education for a long time. Today, Jim Miller zooms in on the state of the benchmark M.Div. degree. -Paul Long the gold standard of seminary education, the Masters of Divinity...

Yes Church, We Still Need Seminaries

June 20, 2013 8:06 AM

Here on Ur a couple months ago, Skye asked "Do We Still Need Seminaries?" He described how on one hand enrollment in seminaries is dropping and on the other many of his peers are not formally trained in the...

Friday Five Interview: D.A. Carson

April 5, 2013 5:00 AM

D.A. Carson is the author and editor of numerous books and commentaries. Since 1978, he has taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, currently serving as research professor of New Testament. Dr. Carson is also the co-founder of The Gospel...

Did Youth Ministry Create the Emerging Church? (Pt. 2)

December 7, 2011 12:00 AM

What I find most interesting about Tony Jones’ thesis is the way it can explain far more than just the Emerging Church Movement. I think contemporary youth ministry may also help us understand the rise of the megachurch movement in...

Did Youth Ministry Create the Emerging Church?

December 1, 2011 12:00 AM

Did the modern youth ministry movement create the Emerging Church? That’s the question Tony Jones addresses in a recent blog post. While presenting a paper at an academic conference, Jones fielded questions from professors of youth ministry primarily from evangelical...

Nov/Dec Catalyst Leadership: The Gospel in Focus

October 24, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest edition of our free digital magazine, Catalyst Leadership, is now online. In this issue we have almost doubled the number of pages and articles, and with all of that new space we're tackling a critically important question:...

Catalyst 2011: Be Present

October 5, 2011 8:55 AM

I'm just heading out to Atlanta for the 2011 Catalyst Conference. Stay tuned for updates from the conference over the next few days. Based on the theme for this year's conference--Be Present--the upcoming participants have posted the following "reasons to...

Sep/Oct Catalyst Leadership Now Available

August 25, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest issue of our free digizine, Catalyst Leadership, is now available online. This time we're covering "Authority Issues." You'll hear from authors like Eugene Peterson, Richard Foster, Charles Swindoll, Andy Stanley, and Skye Jethani. As always, we've included some...

Ur Video: In Memory of John Stott

July 29, 2011 12:00 AM

"The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to Heaven." -Billy Graham For more on...

Ur Video: John Dickson on Humility

July 7, 2011 12:00 AM

The next Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit is around the corner (August 11-12). For those of you unfamiliar with the event, its list of speakers (or "faculty" as the WCA likes to call them) has tended to follow a tried...

Q Portland: Day One

April 27, 2011 12:00 AM

“Welcome to Portland. Have you gotten high yet?” That was how Donald Miller welcomed the 600 participants of Q to his hometown. As a very “progressive” and “post-Christian” city, Portland is a colorful backdrop for this year’s Q Gathering. Much...

Q 2011- Live from Portland

April 25, 2011 12:00 AM

Leadership's senior editor Skye Jethani will be in Portland later this week for the Q Gathering. He'll be giving us a few live updates and reports from the event. While there is no shortage of ministry events around the country,...

I Read Dead People

January 27, 2011 12:00 AM

People ask me all the time, “Who do you read?” In most cases they’re looking for book recommendations. (Some people, particularly Calvinistas, are trying to determine if I’m safe--are my ideas and my theology grounded in what they see as...

Catalyst One Day in Phoenix

November 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Catalyst One Day is coming to Phoenix! Next Thursday, November 18 at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. Join Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel for a one day leadership event focusing on the topic of Momentum. How...

Ur Video: Young Leaders Reflect on Cape Town 2010

November 5, 2010 12:00 AM

While in Cape Town last month for the Lausanne Congress, I met with a number of friends who each participated in the 12 Cities | 12 Conversations tour leading up to Cape Town 2010. About half way through the congress...

The Hansen Report: Reflections of a Recent Seminary Graduate

May 19, 2010 12:00 AM

Spring weather means graduation is coming, ushering in a season of new beginnings for students finishing high school, college, and graduate school. After three years of seminary, I’m a master of divinity. At least that’s what the diploma will...

Catalyst One Day- Chicago

January 26, 2010 12:00 AM

March 25, 2010 at Willow Creek Community Church Early Registration Ends Thursday, January 28 Go to and use the Rate Code: BLOG for a special $99 discounted rate. Catalyst One Day features Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel in...

The Golden Canon Leadership Book Awards

January 19, 2010 12:00 AM

Two things in short supply for nearly every church leader—time and money. Unfortunately both are necessary if we hope to buy and read the numerous books intended to help us in our work. That is why Leadership created the...

Scot McKnight's Top 10 Leadership Books

October 20, 2009 12:00 AM

What makes a leader? Ideas. Courage. Contact with great thinkers. What makes a Christian leader? Great ideas, courage, and contact with great thinkers shaped by the gospel. So, I offer to you a list of my top ten books for...

Ur Video: STORY Conference

October 19, 2009 12:00 AM

Skye Jethani will be presenting at the STORY Conference next week, Url will be blogging from the event, and Leadership's editors will be hosting video interviews with the speakers. Be sure to check out more at

Al Mohler Defends Obama...Sort of

September 8, 2009 12:00 AM

Al Mohler, the outspoken president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written about the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's address to school children today. Normally Out of Ur doesn't venture into the political fray, but in this case Mohler...

Ur Video: Donald Miller on Life and Story

July 13, 2009 12:00 AM

Hear more from Donald Miller at the STORY conference October 28-29 in Chicago. Learn more about the event at

Ministry Lessons From a Muslim

July 8, 2009 12:00 AM

Eboo Patel is not the most likely seminary professor. His credentials are not the issue. Patel earned his doctorate from Oxford University, and he is a respected commentator on religion for The Washington Post and National Public Radio. He has...

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...

Ur Cartoon: Servant Leadership

March 23, 2009 12:00 AM


The Hansen Report: Rural Exodus

February 3, 2009 8:20 AM

Time traveled to the frozen Midwest to report the obvious: Rural communities struggle to recruit trained pastors. The dateline could have read 1979 and the story would not have looked altogether different. The situation has certainly worsened in the last...

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,...

Formation via Fiction

July 8, 2008 12:00 AM

This is a highly unscientific observation, but I stand by it: In my scouring of bookshelves in pastor's studies and church libraries, I regularly find volumes from the corporate world about how to be an effective leader and efficient administrator;...

Al Mohler is Too Cool for School

February 5, 2008 12:00 AM

Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, has a reputation for diving fearlessly into controversial issues. A visit to his Wikipedia page reveals his history of treading into cultural minefields and not leaving until...

Really Old School: What 1st Century Judaism Says About the Public/Private/Home School Dilemma

March 14, 2006 12:00 AM

Some congregations experience doctrinal divides. Others wage worship wars. But an increasing number are experiencing schooling squalls. Public school, private school, or home school - how should followers of Christ educate their children? And what does the answer reveal about...


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