All posts from “Humility”

Friday Five: Trevin Wax

November 8, 2013 8:00 AM

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Trevin Wax. Trevin Wax is author of Clear Winter Nights. He currently works at LifeWay Christian Resources as managing editor of The Gospel Project, a gospel-centered...

Ur Video: Dave Kraft on Celebrity Pastors

February 29, 2012 12:00 AM

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Ed Dobson on Finding Purpose Outside the Church

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

For the last two weeks we've been talking about the temptations and maladies created by our the celebrity culture within the church. Pastors are measured by the magnitude of their platform rather than the maturity of their faith. Ed Dobson...

SGM-Gate Case Closed

February 7, 2012 12:00 AM

Last year former leaders within Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) came forward with accusations against the group's president, C.J. Mahaney. As reported on this blog, Mahaney was accused of "various expressions of pride, unentreatability, deceit, sinful judgment and hypocrisy." In order...

Unexpected Grace

February 6, 2012 12:00 AM

Some of the most important moments of faith do not come from the places we expect. They may not come from behind a pulpit or an altar, in corporate worship, or during a retreat. Those of us leading congregations are...

Catalyst Lab with David Platt

October 5, 2011 8:58 PM

Okay, so I've never read any of David Platt's books. And, quite, frankly, I didn't know what the fuss was all about ... until tonight. I'm not sure what happened, because I came here to "cover" Catalyst--as a detached, objective,...

Ur Video: C.J. Mahaney on Humility

July 26, 2011 12:00 AM

This video featuring C.J. Mahaney and James MacDonald was produced by The Gospel Coalition last summer. Given the current accusations against Mahaney and the mess unfolding at Sovereign Grace Ministries, the comments in this video take on new meaning....

C.J. Mahaney, Pride, and SGM-gate

July 22, 2011 12:00 AM

The hurricane of news and accusations swirling around Sovereign Grace Ministries is moving too fast for many of us to keep up with. The story has become so big and complicated that some blogs have actually dubbed it "SGM-gate." Earlier...

Is "Leadership" Biblical? (The Rebuttal)

January 18, 2011 12:00 AM

One of my favorite guys and discussion partners in the world, David Fitch, wrote a post giving five reasons he believes the idea of "leadership" as it is currently used is unbiblical. I don't think it was Dave's intention to disown...

Is "Leadership" Biblical?

January 12, 2011 12:00 AM

There’s been much ranting and raving on the inadequacies of leadership in the church, but I must admit I recoil whenever I hear people say “leadership is Biblical” for a lot of reasons. When I say “leadership” I am talking...

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...

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...

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....

John Piper's "Poisonous Cup"

April 7, 2010 12:00 AM

As nearly everyone has now heard, John Piper is taking an 8-month leave of absence from public ministry starting in May. The announcement was made to his congregation during his sermon on March 28. He plans to examine his life...

Preaching for the Nod

November 17, 2009 12:00 AM

Every once in a while I find myself preaching for the nod. That’s when we try to hard wire a bit of ego-stroke into a Sunday morning message. We do it a lot, and it’s so easy—insert that small comment,...

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...

More from Chuck Swindoll...

October 9, 2009 11:33 AM

1) Whatever you do, do more with others and less alone 2) Whenever you do it, emphasize quality not quantity. 3) Wherever you go, do it the same as if you were among those who know you best. 4) Whoever...

Malcolm Gladwell: What's More Dangerous than Incompetence?

October 8, 2009 1:26 PM

Malcolm Gladwell told the story of the battle of Chancellorsville, VA, in which General “Fighting Joe” Hooker maneuvers his Union Army to encircle the Confederate Army on three sides, and then delivers a speech to his troops: “God Almighty Himself...

Nancy Ortberg on the Seduction & Myths of Influence

October 7, 2009 3:37 PM

Nancy Ortberg, founding partner of Teamworx2 and editorial advisor and contributor to Gifted for Leadership and Kyria.com, spoke on powerful themes inspired by her books, "Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands" and "Looking for God."...

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...

Ur Video: Francis Chan on Being a Prophet

September 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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Ur Cartoon: Servant Leadership

March 23, 2009 12:00 AM

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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...

Pastors or Personalities?

February 5, 2009 12:00 AM

I think I was in college when I first saw that title of a magazine that brazenly called itself SELF, and it was so bold it could have been called SELF! Nurtured in a theology that drew its juices from...

What Rick Warren Prayed for a New President

January 21, 2009 1:24 PM

Our previous post was Mark Labberton's reflection on how to pray for a new president. Rick Warren had the opportunity to do exactly that in a very public way as he offered the invocation at the inauguration of Barack Obama...

What to Pray for a New President

January 19, 2009 12:00 AM

by Mark Labberton There is no better time to renew our commitment to "pray for our leaders," than the start of a new presidential administration. Barack Obama needs our prayers and we should give them freely and eagerly no matter...

Rick Warren at Obama's Inaugural

December 22, 2008 12:00 AM

Unless you've been hibernating (which isn't a bad idea given the economy and weather lately), you know that President-elect Barack Obama has asked Rick Warren to pray at his inauguration. The news networks (apparently needing something controversial to fill up...

John Ortberg's Lessons from the Election

November 11, 2008 12:00 AM

by John Ortberg My son has a bumper sticker on his car that reads: "I poke badgers with spoons." Its significance is not self-evident to everybody who reads it, so let me tell you the story. It comes from a...

Urban Exile: Suburban vs. Urban Church Politics

October 7, 2008 12:00 AM

by David Swanson As on any other Tuesday, my wife and I hosted our weekly small group on Election Day of 2004. A quick scan of the TV stations after the Bible study showed that we'd have to wait until...

Out of Context: Miles Finch

April 6, 2007 12:00 AM

"When our goal of worship is to receive God's help to be successful, pride is taking over. Then we are just using God to further ourselves. Could it be that we want church-growth secrets, or even God's Spirit...for the wrong...

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....

The Ten Deadly Sins of Preaching

February 7, 2007 12:00 AM

Monday was a great day to leave Chicago. The wind-chill was thirty degrees below zero and the Bears had just lost the Super Bowl. This week I'm in sunny San Diego for the National Pastors Convention. Although the main sessions...

Catalytic Conversations 2: Rednecks, sovereignty, natural selection, and injustice.

October 5, 2006 9:30 PM

Leadership editor Marshall Shelley is in Atlanta this week for the Catalyst Conference, where almost 10,000 mostly younger leaders of churches are meeting to discuss ministry in today's culture. Here's his second report. Today was the conference's first full day,...

Pastoral Ambition: Does success chip away at our souls?

October 3, 2006 12:00 AM

In the summer issue of Leadership we told the story of Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California. Over six years Oak Hills jettisoned its consumer-driven methods to focus more on spiritual formation and deeper community. Today, the leaders of the...

Jesus Leaders Part 2: Pastors at their best

September 18, 2006 12:00 AM

What makes a good pastor? In seminary I was told a good pastor knows Greek and Hebrew. Church elders told me a good pastor keeps the budget in the black and people in the pews. In part two of his...

Jesus Leaders: What pastors were meant to be

September 12, 2006 12:00 AM

Pastors have an image problem. Despite the growing number of celebrity pastors on television, radio, and bookstore shelves, the wider culture's respect for clergy has been declining for generations. Jim Martin, pastor of Crestview Church of Christ in Waco, Texas,...

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