All posts from “Fellowship”

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: Mark DeYmaz on "First Love"

June 15, 2011 12:00 AM

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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...

Epic Fail Pastors Conference

February 7, 2011 12:00 AM

In the most recent issue of Leadership, John Ortberg shares this important observation: I once was part of a survey on spiritual formation. Thousands of people were asked when they grew most spiritually, and what contributed to their growth. The...

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,...

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...

The Hansen Report: Valuing Visitation

January 11, 2010 12:00 AM

In the hierarchy of church problems, most pastors wouldn’t mind figuring out how to handle a congregation that has grown so rapidly that they can no longer get to know everyone personally. The multisite church boom has met this...

"Friend" Url on Facebook

December 8, 2009 12:00 AM

Friend me on Facebook and we'll be tight, chums, bosom buddies, cohorts, partners, sidekicks, comrades, cronies, pals, I'll be like a brother from another mother...virtually. (We are talking about online community). Check out my profile....

One in Christ or Coffee?

November 23, 2009 12:00 AM

It's very difficult for many contemporary Christians to recognize how much we have been shaped by the consumer culture in which we live—it is in the air we breathe and the water (or coffee) we drink. Consider that in many...

Virtual Church is STILL a Bad Idea

October 27, 2009 12:00 AM

**Editor's Note: I apologize for the lack of posts in recent days. We've been experiencing some technical difficulties. -Url Scaramanga** I was disappointed to read Douglas Estes’ piece last week on Ur, for a number of reasons, but chief among...

In Defense of Virtual Church

October 22, 2009 12:00 AM

A myth is growing in some circles of the blogosphere that online church is not good, not healthy, and not biblical. If we read carefully the criticisms levied against internet campuses, they boil down to some very common and tired...

Ur Video: Drive-In Church

September 1, 2009 12:00 AM

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There is NO Virtual Church (Part 2)

August 31, 2009 12:00 AM

(Read part 1) Calvin’s definition of “church” is where the Word is preached, the sacraments are received, and church discipline practiced. That’s a good summary of the defining characteristics of the New Testament ecclesia and a good summary of the...

There Is NO Virtual Church (Part 1)

August 26, 2009 12:00 AM

In the early 1950s when Robert Schuller and others across the nation combined a growing car culture with “Church,” they believed they were reaching a segment of the population traditional church wouldn’t or couldn’t. “Drive-In Church” allowed parishioners to hear...

Internet Campuses: A Blessing or Bogus?

August 17, 2009 12:00 AM

Earlier this month Frank Viola confronted the growing trend of “post-church Christianity,” with a biblically-rooted argument that a gathering of two or three close friends is not “church” and therefore cannot be a substitute. We’re eager to continue the debate...

Frank Viola on Postchurch: Part 2

August 3, 2009 2:15 PM

In my first post, I argued that the primary text used to support the postchurch viewpoint is not about the nature of the church at all. Instead, it's about the process of excommunication. Now I have more evidence against the...

Frank Viola on the Postchurch Perspective

August 3, 2009 1:35 PM

There is a growing phenomenon in the body of Christ today. Alongside of the missional church movement, the emerging church movement, and the house church movement, there is a mode of thinking that I call "postchurch Christianity." The postchurch brand...

Out of Context: Matt Chandler

July 30, 2009 12:00 AM

From "The Good Fight," an interview with Matt Chandler in the current issue of Leadership. "I'm unapologetically Reformed, but nine times out of ten I cannot stand the Reformed community. I don't want to be around them. I don't want...

Out of Context: Rick Muchow

August 7, 2008 12:00 AM

"The fact is that secular music speaks to people--seekers, unchurched, and churched alike ... because many secular songs articulate universal human needs. The reason so many songs are written about love is because it's a universal desire, and one...

Live from Shift: Bursting the Christian Bubble

April 11, 2008 1:44 PM

The final session of Shift 2008 featured Dan Kimball, pastor of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, and regular contributor to Leadership and Out of Ur. Kimball shared some insights from this book, They Like Jesus But Not...

Live from Shift: Thursday Night Experiences

April 11, 2008 11:12 AM

The second day of Shift 2008 ended with the Thursday Night Experiences, aimed at having the conference extend beyond just what happens in main sessions and breakouts. To start the night, everybody began together in the main auditorium for...

Squelched by Marriage

October 29, 2007 12:00 AM

When I get home tonight, I'll think awhile about Gordon MacDonald's new column. In fact, I think most pastors and leaders should think hard on his thesis: What has the dominant, big-personality, leader type squelched in his spouse? I may...

A Former Pastor Goes Church Shopping

July 26, 2007 12:00 AM

How does a former pastor choose a church? That is the question Andy Rowell and his wife are facing after their relocation to a new community. The process has opened their eyes to the differences and blessings of denominational and...

Crowded Loneliness & Quiet Contemplation

February 27, 2007 12:00 AM

Sam O'Neal, our colleague at Christianity Today International and the managing editor of ministry resources, recently participated in the small groups conference at Saddleback Church. In this report, O'Neal shares insights from two presentations. One highlighted the challenge small groups...

Worship that Reorders Reality

February 13, 2007 12:00 AM

The National Pastors Convention in San Diego is over and I've returned to the frozen north. But I still have one last reflection from the conference. Mark Labberton, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California, spoke on Thursday night...

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...

Out of Context: Ken Fong

November 9, 2006 12:00 AM

"The nuclear family is not God's most important institution on earth. It is not the social agent that most significantly forms the character of Christians." -Ken Fong is pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles in Rosemead, California Taken...

The Oddness of Pews

October 27, 2006 12:00 AM

Some things in life are certain - death, taxes, and cramped seats in economy class. But Cathay Pacific, one of Asia's leading airlines, has announced a breakthrough. They've designed an economy class seat that reclines without intruding on the person...

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...

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