All posts from “Experiencing 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....

Ur Video: MLK & Seeing a God-With-Us World

January 16, 2012 12:00 AM

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Study Says God-Connections at Church are "Rare"

January 11, 2012 12:00 AM

Let's be honest for a minute. Most churches expend the vast majority of their resources on weekend worship gatherings. It's when facilities are most utilized, when programming is most robust, when volunteers are most required, and what many pastors spend...

Praying For The Weekend: Mindy Caliguire

October 28, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: Matt Chandler

October 14, 2011 12:00 AM

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Ur Video: Skye Jethani on Treasuring God

October 11, 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...

Skye Jethani: Recipe for Church-365 (Part 3)

October 4, 2011 12:00 AM

Read parts one and two of "Recipe for Church365". Ingredient Three: Vocational Discipleship Last month I met with David Kinnaman, president of The Barna Group, to discuss our new books. He wanted to talk about how the themes in my...

Praying For The Weekend: Mindy Caliguire

September 30, 2011 12:00 AM

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Skye Jethani: Recipe for Church-365 (Part 2)

September 26, 2011 12:00 AM

Read part 1 of "Recipe for Church365. Ingredient Two: Cultural Flourishing As I discussed in my first book, The Divine Commodity, when church institutionalism grows out of control, we come to believe that programs rather than people are the vessels...

Praying For The Weekend: David Platt

September 23, 2011 12:00 AM

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Skye Jethani: Recipe for Church-365 (Part 1)

September 19, 2011 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago I had lunch with Darren Whitehead from Willow Creek. Darren is a great bloke (I can say that because he’s an Aussie), and we talked candidly about our experiences in the church, in leadership, and the...

Praying For The Weekend: Francis Chan

September 16, 2011 12:00 AM

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Mormons, Mormons Everywhere

September 12, 2011 12:00 AM

Newsweek dubbed it “the Mormon Moment” in June. There’s a Broadway musical about Mormon missionaries, two potential Mormon presidential candidates, Warren Jeffs in the media, and TV shows like Big Love and Sister Wives. It seems America is fascinated with--or,...

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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Skye Jethani: What is Life WITH God?

August 23, 2011 12:00 AM

To celebrate the release of my new book, WITH: Reimagining The Way You Relate To God (Nelson, 2011), I wanted to share with you a brief excerpt. In case you're not familiar with the premise of the book, and how...

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...

Out of Context: John Ortberg on Amusing Worship

August 10, 2011 12:00 AM

"To 'muse' means to reflect and ponder; put an 'a' in front of it and you have the absence of reflection. Amusement is a way of boredom-avoidance through external stimulation that fails to exercise our minds. It's mere diversion. It...

Worship Through a Child's Eyes

July 28, 2011 12:00 AM

Back in college my professor of American religion gave us an interesting assignment. We had to visit a number of local churches, sit in their sanctuaries, and write down our observations of the spaces. Based on these observations, we...

Has Mission Become Our Idol? (Cont.)

July 20, 2011 12:00 AM

You may be thinking, “But we are called to do things for God. And what’s the alternative--continuing to allow the people in our churches to be self-consumed Christians seeking only their own comfort?” That is a very fair concern. And...

Has Mission Become Our Idol?

July 18, 2011 12:00 AM

“There is a first-rate commitment to a second-rate mission.” That is what Roger, a leader in global church planting, said as he looked at the rock climbers ascending a cliff in the Alps. Many of us called into ministry feel...

Ur Video: Francis Chan on Hell

June 22, 2011 12:00 AM

It's not my habit to post videos that function as extended commercials for a product, but in this case I've made an exception. Francis Chan has a new book launching that he co-wrote with New Testament professor Preston Sprinkle (not...

Skye Jethani's New Book "WITH"

May 6, 2011 12:00 AM

Just a quick heads up for urbanites. Skye Jethani, senior editor of Leadership Journal and a regular here on Ur, has a new book being released this August- WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God. Thomas Nelson has...

Book Review: "A God-Sized Vision"

April 7, 2011 12:00 AM

For me, the word “revival” usually brings to mind sweating, red-faced evangelists berating sweet old church ladies for letting their spiritual fires fizzle. I often offered my most fervent prayers at revival meetings during the 37th stanza of “Just as...

Should Worship Leaders Talk or Just Sing?

March 18, 2011 12:00 AM

Friend of Ur, Carlos Whittaker (@loswhit), has sparked a helpful conversation on his blog Raggamuffin Soul. Should worship leaders talk between songs, contribute to the teaching within the gathering, and tell stories to draw the congregation toward God? Or, should...

Rob Bell: Does "Love Wins" Even have a Chance of Winning?

March 15, 2011 12:00 AM

Tonight I listened to Rob Bell’s interview with Lisa Miller of Newsweek discuss his new book Love Wins. Miller’s questions were pointed and focused, much like those which were asked by the crowd and online viewers, but Bell’s responses were...

Ur Video: Who Gets Into Heaven?

March 1, 2011 12:00 AM

We seem to be on a doctrine binge these days. First a run of discussions on the role of women in ministry, and now a conversation fueled by Rob Bell's new book about hell and universalism. Talking about damnation has...

Rob Bell: Universalist?

February 28, 2011 12:00 AM

Popular and controversial pastor Rob Bell has a new book launching at the end of March, Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Has Ever Lived. The topic has given new fuel to Bell's critics who...

On Holy Ground at St. Arbucks

January 5, 2011 12:00 AM

**UPDATE...This just in...Starbucks unveils a new logo to coincide with its 40th anniversary. Check it out. -Url** Like many pastors I know, I have a love/hate relationship with Starbucks. For seven years now, as I have labored to plant, grow,...

Out of Context: Brandon O'Brien

December 21, 2010 12:00 AM

"Over time, the experts have done for church what postcards and PBS specials have done for the Grand Canyon: they've made it difficult for us to appreciate our own experience apart from theirs. We have lost the ability to see...

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....

Ur Video: Why Did Francis Chan Leave?

September 17, 2010 12:00 AM

Earlier this year we ran an interview with Francis Chan in Leadership journal about the significant shifts he's led at his church in Simi Valley, California. Just as that issue of LJ when to print word leaked that Chan had...

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- Holy Men & Women

April 20, 2010 12:00 AM

Some people have a knack for making me hungry to know God. I know a few people who when I’m done talking with them make me want to know and love Him more. I treasure those people. They don’t try...

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...

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...

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):...

Robert Webber's Ancient-Future Journey Was Our Journey

April 30, 2007 8:47 AM

Theologian, scholar, and worship guru Robert Webber died Saturday, April 27. He was 73. Webber will be remembered (and appreciated, mostly) as the man who gave a name to the quest to recover both philosophy and experience of worship that...

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...

The Greatest Show on Earth

December 18, 2006 12:00 AM

Last December, David Fitch challenged the popular trend known as "Experiential Worship." Fitch said, "?we can no longer be naive that a ?religious experience,' like the one sought in a rock concert worship service, provides immediate access to God." And...

Old Men Will Dream Dreams (Revisited): Was it really the voice of God?

September 29, 2006 12:00 AM

Last month we shared the disturbing late night experience of Pastor Nick Overduin. While sleeping in his study Overduin had a frightening encounter with "The Voice." His experience started a conversation about our openness and skepticism toward the supernatural. Nick...

Old Men Will Dream Dreams: This pastor doesn’t advocate hearing voices, but he happened to hear one

August 18, 2006 12:00 AM

All pastors are crazy; I've known that since seminary. Some pastors, however, have fewer cards in their decks than others. Nick Overduin, pastor of Toronto First Christian Reformed Church, began to question his own sanity after an experience that was...

Brian McLaren’s Inferno 3: five proposals for reexamining our doctrine of hell

May 11, 2006 12:00 AM

In this final installment of his interview on hell, Brian McLaren provides more insight into how he understands the teachings of Jesus, and offers five suggestions for rethinking our traditional understanding of hell. Let me offer five suggestions on how...

Brian McLaren’s Inferno 2: are we asking the wrong questions about hell?

May 8, 2006 12:00 AM

In part one of this post, Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo tried to deconstruct the traditional evangelical view of hell. Here, McLaren continues to outline his view as neither universalism nor an exclusivist understanding of hell. And he pushes us...

Brian McLaren’s Inferno: the provocative church leader explains his view of hell

May 5, 2006 12:00 AM

No contributor to Out of Ur has elicited more responses than Brian McLaren. Part of McLaren's appeal is his courage to rethink long-held evangelical assumptions and call the church to shed the baggage of modernity. Brian's critics, however, accuse him...

March Madness: What a fan and a foreigner learned from a basketball liturgy

March 21, 2006 12:00 AM

In February last year, my best friend flew down from the Midwest for a delightful, week-long visit. While she was here in the Carolinas, I introduced her to one of my most favorite experiences in the world: a Division I...

What Would Jesus Preach?: Telling the Truth in Church

February 28, 2006 12:00 AM

If Jesus walked into your church this Sunday and preached, what would he say? That's a question pastor Jim Martin has asked on his blog, A Place for the God-Hungry. Jim is pastor of Crestview Church of Christ in Waco,...

Beyond Sermons and Songs 2: Further Thoughts on Worship and Liturgy

December 16, 2005 12:00 AM

Pastor, author, and professor David Fitch has responded to the discussion he began about the pitfalls of experiential worship. To read more about worship and ministry in a postmodern culture we recommend Fitch's provocative new book The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming...

Beyond Sermons and Songs: Why Experiential Worship Isn't Enough

December 13, 2005 12:00 AM

Churches pour enormous resources into creating meaningful worship experiences. But what if those experiences don't carry the meaning we intend? Pastor and theologian David Fitch believes a worship experience by itself is not enough in our postmodern culture. Instead he...

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