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Ur Video: St. Patrick's Story (As Told by an Irish Girl)

March 16, 2012 12:00 AM

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Exorcise Wall Street

February 15, 2012 12:00 AM

There was an occasion in the 60s where a bunch of hippies surrounded the Pentagon and tried to exorcise the demons. It didn’t work. Despite their valiant effort, not much happened that day. Nevertheless, I am one of those Christians...

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

January 16, 2012 12:00 AM

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Skye Jethani: The Wrong War on Christmas

December 19, 2011 12:00 AM

A few years ago I was walking through Woodfield Mall, the largest one in Illinois, just before Christmas. I was disappointed to see that Santa’s grotto, where children waited in line for a brief one-on-one consultation with Mr. Claus, had...

Christian Saints vs. Cultural Celebrities

December 15, 2011 12:00 AM

Earlier this year, on October 5th, an influential and visionary leader died. His life forever changed the American experience, and his legacy will be felt for generations to come. An ability to see a future many thought impossible marked his...

Skye Jethani: Love Justifies Itself (Part 2)

November 3, 2011 12:00 AM

Read part 1 3. Social action is a partner of evangelism. This, finally, is where Stott lands on the matter. He believes that social justice and evangelism “belong to each other and yet are independent of each other. Each stands...

Skye Jethani: Love Justifies Itself (Part 1)

October 31, 2011 12:00 AM

Is social justice an essential part of the gospel? The question has been raging for decades, and in some circles the matter was settled long ago. But a new generation of evangelicals with a strong inclination toward social engagement is...

Native Americans, Europeans, & The Black Book

October 10, 2011 12:00 AM

It's Columbus Day. (Well, actually Monday is the day off for most people, but October 12 is actually the day Chris first laid eyes on land in the western hemisphere, an island he dubbed San Salvador.) For some it's a...

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,...

Why I Don't Sing the "Star Spangled Banner"

July 5, 2011 12:00 AM

I choose to belong to a strange tribe. Goshen College, my alma mater, made national news last month when its board of directors decided that the “Star Spangled Banner” would not be played before athletic events. As could be expected,...

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...

Ur Video: The Story of St. Patrick

March 17, 2011 12:00 AM

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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...

Ur Cartoon: First Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010 12:00 AM

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Is there a NeoReformed/New Calvinist Movement or Not?

November 17, 2010 12:00 AM

New research released by the Barna Group indicates the Neo Reformed / New Calvinist movement may not be much of a movement after all. It turns out that the number of church leaders identifying themselves as Reformed has not changed...

Is New Calvinism Really New Fundamentalism?

November 10, 2010 12:00 AM

Fundamentalism is characterized by: A.) Insularity. There’s a mentality of insiders over against those who don’t believe. B.) Distrust towards culture as a place where God is at work. C.) An “us against them” mentality. Because of the previous two...

Lausanne Congress Day 1: History &Humility

October 18, 2010 12:00 AM

The Third Lausanne Congress was officially opened on Sunday night in Cape Town, South Africa. The evening was dominated by history and context. Letters were read from Billy Graham and John Stott, the two leaders most responsible for the first...

Tuesdays with Tozer

April 6, 2010 12:00 AM

I'm thrilled to welcome Margaret Feinberg to Out of Ur this spring. Margaret is a fine author and speaker, and she's a great addition to the conversation on Ur. For the next few weeks we'll be posting her reflections on...

Burger King Health Clinics and Christmas Humbug

December 21, 2009 12:00 AM

Today's newspaper contained some great news. Nearly $9 million of federal stimulus money is flowing to Portland in the form of a grant to open a health care clinic for the poor in the middle of downtown. And the best...

John Calvin on Tradition

December 11, 2009 12:00 AM

‘Tis the season to think about traditions. Every family has its own non-negotiable holiday rituals. If your family’s like mine, you may have competing visions of the perfect holiday under one roof (or tent, or banyan tree—or whatever your family...

Not a Christian, But a Christ-Follower?

November 4, 2009 12:00 AM

Anyone can understand the desire for an alternative to the word “Christian.” There are plenty of “Christians” I’d rather not be associated with. I’d much prefer to maintain my relationship with Jesus while making clear to others I am not...

Jonathan Edwards on the New Reformed Movement

October 5, 2009 12:00 AM

If he hadn’t died from a tainted smallpox vaccination in 1758, Jonathan Edwards would be celebrating his 306th birthday today--Monday, October 5. When Edwards died, at the relatively young age of 55, he was one of the best known pastor-theologians...

Gospel Coalition or Expedition?

June 30, 2009 8:36 AM

The Gospel Coalition (TGC) has been galvanizing many younger evangelicals to re-think their theology and practice. I applaud this new theological energy. But I wonder (given its moniker) whether TGC will be a force for coalition or expedition. "Coalition" describes...

Ur Video: Consumerism and Church Buildings

June 25, 2009 12:00 AM

Skye Jethani's new book, The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity, outlines what happens when the consumer worldview and the Christian worldview collide. In this video, Jethani is interviewed by Marian Liautaud from Your Church magazine about the...

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...

Urban Exile: Whose History?

March 3, 2009 8:43 AM

I've been to a lot of potlucks. Growing up in church and being a pastor has meant many, many casseroles and Jell-O salads. After a recent preaching gig at a suburban church, I was treated to an entirely different...

Divine Agnosticism

February 25, 2009 12:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from chapter two of Skye Jethani's new book The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity (Zondervan, 2009). My brother and sister-in-law took me to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl while I was...

Ministering to the Imagination

January 13, 2009 12:00 AM

by David Swanson The imagination calls up new words, new images, new analogies, new metaphors, new illustrations, new connections to say old, glorious truth. Imagination is the faculty of the mind that God has given us to make the communication...

Scot McKnight: Bible Maestros

January 8, 2009 12:00 AM

The great Reformer Martin Luther famously found the letter of James to be a strawy epistle because, in his judgment, it did not teach enough Christ or faith or grace. It had too much law for him. Most of...

The Brokenness Behind Nicea

December 5, 2008 12:00 AM

by Scot McKnight Whether we heard it first in Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code, in a Church history class, or in a book, most of us were probably surprised by the political machinations behind The Nicene Creed. I first heard...

Save the Planet, Save Your Soul

March 19, 2008 12:00 AM

In the early 1970s, conservative Protestants hit the streets to protest the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion. When they arrived with signs in hand, they discovered that Catholics had beaten them to the picket line. Since...

Pagan Christianity (Part 2)

February 19, 2008 10:11 AM

Many of you have requested a more formal review of Pagan Christianity, and I feel obliged to provide one. It should be said, however, that Out of Ur is not usually a place for reviews. We offer snippets and opinions...

Is the Pastorate Pagan?

February 14, 2008 9:19 AM

I appreciate it when a writer shows all his cards at the beginning of a book so I don't have to guess at his presuppositions. Frank Viola does just that in the opening line of his newly re-released Pagan...

John Ortberg on Hope Management

February 11, 2008 12:00 AM

Ronald Reagan once gave this nugget of advice, "Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere." Recently, John Ortberg read the biography of another president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and through FDR's story he came...

Politics from the Pulpit

January 7, 2008 12:00 AM

The race is on for the White House and it began with excitement last week in Iowa. Tomorrow it's New Hampshire's turn, and on February 5, "Super Tuesday," near half of the country will be voting to select the...

The Gap between Rhetoric and Reality

September 21, 2007 12:00 AM

You may think writing a sermon every week is challenging work, but imagine writing speeches everyday for the leader of the free world. That was Michael Gerson's job for six years under President George W. Bush. Last night I attended...

The Organic Bible

June 21, 2007 12:00 AM

Previously, John Dunham from the International Bible Society wrote about the unintended impact of having scripture divided by chapters and verses. It's led to what he calls "verse jacking," taking scripture out of context and using it for a purpose...

High Fructose Scripture

June 5, 2007 12:00 AM

There are many dangers in ministry. Jesus warned about the yeast of the Pharisees. Paul warned about engaging foolish controversies. But what about enumerated chapters and verses in the Bible-are those numbers added by editors a threat to sound teaching?...

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...

The Future of the Emerging Church

March 19, 2007 12:00 AM

Conversations about the future of the emerging church can be overheard at conferences, seminaries, chat rooms, or anywhere church leaders congregate. Does the movement have legs? Does it represent a passing trend or a new Reformation? Not long ago we...

Have We Become Crypto-Christians?

January 5, 2007 12:00 AM

To my knowledge this blog hasn't tackled too many issues of church history, so this post may be more "Out of Place" than "Out of Ur." Still, I have found that the past often illuminates my understanding of my faith...

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...

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