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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...

Ur Video: Dever Worries "Gospel" Isn't Individual Enough

February 28, 2012 12:00 AM

This interview by Ed Stetzer with Mark Dever caught me by surprise. They're talking about the renewed interest among evangelicals in a "larger gospel" that captures a kingdom theology. Dever sees it as exceedingly dangerous because a focus on doing...

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...

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....

Listening to Tullian Tchividjian at the Jacksonville Pastor's Conference

January 26, 2012 9:40 PM

I'm blogging semi-live live from the Jacksonville Pastor's Conference and it's the first time I've heard Tullian Tchividjian speak. Here's one thing for certain about Tullian: he's passionate and clear about one thing—the gospel. And for Tullian the good news...

Book Review: "The King Jesus Gospel" by Scot McKnight

November 7, 2011 12:00 AM

The what-is-the-gospel discussion continues. The latest contribution to the conversation comes from the prolific New Testament professor Scot McKnight in his new book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Zondervan, 2011). In the preface, N.T. Wright suggests...

John Piper "Suspicious" of Muslim Dreams of Jesus

November 2, 2011 12:00 AM

Stories of Muslims coming to faith in Christ because of a vision or dream are not uncommon. In fact, we have reported on such things in the pages of Leadership Journal. Naeem Fazal, pastor of Mosaic Church in Charlotte, North...

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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Praying For The Weekend: Mindy Caliguire

September 30, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: David Platt

September 23, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: Francis Chan

September 16, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: Shane Claiborne

September 9, 2011 12:00 AM

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Skye Jethani: Beauty from 9/11's Ashes

September 6, 2011 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago I was in New York City and I visited Ground Zero for the first time. Here is a reflection I wrote later that evening: Despite the ongoing construction of the Freedom Tower and memorial, it’s hard...

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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Ur Video: The King Jesus Gospel

August 22, 2011 12:00 AM

It seems everyone has an answer for the exodus of young people from the church. We're too homophobic, too irrelevant, too age-segmented, too boring, or too consumerist. But Scot McKnight's explanation goes far deeper. He thinks we have fundamentally misunderstood...

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...

Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?

August 1, 2011 12:00 AM

Prepare yourselves for the onslaught. Scot McKnight is venturing into the "What Is the Gospel?" war that's been waging between the Neo-Calvinists and...well, everyone else. McKnight's new book, due out later this month, is The King Jesus Gospel: The...

The Morning After...

May 23, 2011 12:00 AM

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Ur Video: The End of the World!!!!!!!

May 20, 2011 12:00 AM

Matthew Paul Turner composed this essay a few years ago, but it seems relevant given that tomorrow is reportedly the end of the world....

Ur Video: President Obama on the Resurrection

April 20, 2011 12:00 AM

Yesterday President Obama hosted the 2nd annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House. Here's a video with his remarks, and how the resurrection puts things in perspective. In attendance were Tim Keller, Louie Giglio, Gabe Lyons, Kevin Palau, T.D....

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...

Ur Video: Alan Hirsch on Mission & Incarnation

January 20, 2011 12:00 AM

Still confused about what "missional" means? In this video Alan Hirsch helps define the term and what it means for how we operate in the world....

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 Days 2-3: Gospel on the Move

October 19, 2010 12:00 AM

In the last two days of the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, we have heard the stories and seen irrefutable evidence of God's presence in the world. On Monday night we heard from an 18-year-old woman who fled North Korea...

Ur Video: Skye Jethani from "The Nines"

September 10, 2010 12:00 AM

Yesterday Leadership Network hosted their very popular online conference "The Nines." 6 minute videos ran all day featuring church leaders discussing "game changing" insights. Skye Jethani, senior editor of Leadership Journal and Out of Ur, used his 6 minutes to...

Francis Chan Gives Up

May 28, 2010 12:00 AM

In your new book you write, "I cannot convince people to be obsessed with Jesus, and that's why you need the Holy Spirit." When did you come to that realization? Once you pastor for a while, it dawns on you...

Don't Forget to Grieve

March 31, 2010 12:00 AM

I once attended a Good Friday service where the pastor encouraged us to look at Good Friday positively, to see the crucifixion through “Easter eyes.” To be honest, the bright lights and the upbeat music and mood felt to me...

Chris Seay: Don't Begin with Morality

March 1, 2010 12:00 AM

In the current issue of our digizine, Catalyst Leadership, there is a video of Chris Seay talking about his ministry among transvestite prostitutes in Houston. "If Jesus were in Houston, Texas, today this is where he would be," says Seay,...

A Christian Sexual Alternative?

February 26, 2010 8:00 AM

The title caught my eye: “Reverend reconciles sex and religion.” Was another church challenging married couples to make time for sexual intimacy for seven days straight? A pastor making headlines for an edgy sermon about the goodness of sex? A...

The Hansen Report: Subverting for the Sake of Christ

February 8, 2010 12:00 AM

At the same time that many evangelical leaders lament the sin in our midst, talk of transforming the world for Christ rallies big crowds to action. We bemoan the present world as we long for Christ to return and...

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...

Spiritual Formation and Counter-Formation

October 7, 2009 2:27 PM

Darren Whitehead, teaching pastor and leader of Next Gen Ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, teamed with his fellow Aussie Jon Tyson, lead pastor of Trinity Grace Church in New York City, to discuss spiritual...

The Gospel for iGens

September 15, 2009 12:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from Scot McKnight's cover story in the summer issue of Leadership Journal. You can read the entire article at LeadershipJournal.net. When I saw the title of Alan Mann's book, Atonement for a Sinless Society, I...

Live from Catalyst West and...

April 22, 2009 11:37 PM

Today Marshall Shelley and I were at Mariner's Church in Irvine, California, for the pregame show of the first ever Catalyst West Coast conference. Led by Erwin McManus and the rest of the Mosaic team, the Origins Labs (as...

Audio Ur: Brandon O'Brien on the Masculinity Movement

August 6, 2008 12:00 AM

Back in April, Leadership assistant editor Brandon O'Brien wrote an article in Christianity Today about the recent trend toward manly Christianity in some evangelical churches. The article generated quite a buzz on the website and in the blogosphere. Brandon...

Is Manliness Next to Godliness?

July 24, 2008 12:00 AM

Today you can read Leadership's own assistant editor, Brandon O'Brien, was in USA Today. The report by Cathy Lynn Grossman highlights the lengths churches are going to reach men. O'Brien wrote an article last spring for Christianity Today on the...

Felt-Needs and Messianic Marketing

July 11, 2008 12:00 AM

Conventional ministry wisdom goes something like this: When launching a new church, first analyze the felt-needs within the target area or population. Then construct ministries to address those felt-needs. Felt-needs based ministries will draw people to your church, and simultaneously...

Taking The Shack to the Shed

June 16, 2008 4:33 PM

A graduate professor of mine liked to say that every attempt to explain the Trinity is heresy - every metaphor overemphasizes either God's one-ness or his three-ness. In his bestselling novel, The Shack, William P. Young tries to explain...

Jesus is Not a CEO

May 20, 2008 12:00 AM

Beware of any literature that starts with these words: "Jesus was the greatest leader of all time." The sentiment behind those words may be true, but the point they make is irrelevant. It doesn't matter if Jesus was the greatest...

A More Macho Messiah

April 21, 2008 1:44 PM

Brandon O'Brien, assistant editor of Leadership, has a provocative article over at ChristianityToday.com about the shortcomings of the new Christian men's movement. From worship songs that inspire men to "Grab a sword, don't be scared. Be a man, grow...

Book Review: Jesus for President (Part 3)

April 15, 2008 12:00 AM

Let's make a couple of assumptions about a church leader who reads Jesus for President. First, he or she actually finishes the book despite the occasional punch in the gut. Second, that this same church leader agrees (on some...

Book Review: Jesus for President (Part 2)

April 2, 2008 12:00 AM

A few months ago, while visiting a church out of state, I had a moment of crisis. Just before the sermon, the pastor stood to give the announcements. After wrapping up, he invited a young man in military uniform...

Book Review: Jesus for President (Part 1)

March 28, 2008 12:00 AM

We are seeing more and more that the church has fallen in love with the state and that this love affair is killing the church's imagination. The powerful benefits and temptations of running the world's largest superpower have bent...

N. T. Wright on the Resurrection

March 20, 2008 12:00 AM

At the National Pastors Conference in San Diego, our friend at PreachingToday.com, Brian Lowery, got to interview N. T. Wright about his latest book - Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church - and...

The Glory and the Grief

February 28, 2008 2:42 PM

In his second report from the National Pastors Convention, David Swanson describes how two Anglican bishops helped him recognize Christ's presence among all the convention glitz and kitsch. May I confess something? I've experienced a bit of cynicism at...

Out of Context: Rick McKinley

November 1, 2007 12:00 AM

"I guarantee there isn't a homeless person in Portland who couldn't tell you the gospel verbatim. They've had to listen to it three times a day to get a sandwich. They've heard about Christ, but they haven't seen Christ. Who...

Me, Myself, and Jesus

October 5, 2007 12:00 AM

David Fitch is back with part 2 of his critique of the emerging response to evangelicalism. In part 1 he noted the "we're in, you're out" mentality in much of the evangelical church, and the anemic emerging reaction to this...

Is Your Gospel Robust?

June 12, 2007 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago Scot McKnight shared how the gospel we preach is having an adverse impact on the church. Last week at the Spiritual Formation Forum he spoke in greater detail about this problem. He called the standard evangelical...

Out of Context: Tony Jones

February 8, 2007 12:00 AM

"Modern Christianity has emphasized the immanence of our Savior, but, pushed too far, we are in danger of making the God of the universe little more than our buddy." -Tony Jones is coordinator of Emergent Village. Taken from "Prayer Beyond...

The Gates of Hell

January 18, 2007 12:00 AM

In part one of his post, Shane Claiborne challenged our assumptions about hell. Is it merely something people experience after death, or is hell a living reality for many on earth? Claiborne continues by proposing an offensive rather than defensive...

Loving the Hell Out of People

January 16, 2007 12:00 AM

Last year Brian McLaren shared his views about hell in a series of three posts on Out or Ur. This year we welcome a new voice on the subject. Shane Claiborne is a founding member of The Simple Way, a...

Out of Context: Randall Hasper

December 13, 2006 12:00 AM

"We modern, well-educated, pastoral Dr. Phils may, if not careful, begin to think our answers are more important than God's Word or God's presence. But we must remember that we are servants of Christ in the ministry of healing damaged...

Catalytic Conversations: A beautiful and messy kingdom.

October 4, 2006 9:13 PM

Leadership editor Marshall Shelley is in Atlanta this week for the Catalyst Conference, where 9,000 mostly younger leaders of churches are meeting to discuss ministry in today's culture. Here's his first report. The conference officially begins tomorrow. Today was filled...

Out of Context: Donald Miller

September 28, 2006 12:00 AM

"The church has bought into this idea that if we make Jesus look cool, we win. But we're really trying to make ourselves look cool, not Jesus. We certainly need to repent of that." -Donald Miller, author of Blue Like...

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,...

Church GPS: Where are we and where should we go?

August 28, 2006 12:00 AM

David Fitch was recently invited by Trinity Evangelical Divinity School to speak on a panel during their new student orientation. Each of the five panel members was to present a response to the question: "Where is the church now and...

Is Jesus the Answer or the Question?: rediscovering the role of mystery in our faith

June 6, 2006 12:00 AM

Recent posts on Ur have focused on the nature of Emergent - is it liberal Christianity recast for a new generation, or simply a forum of conversation for those looking for a better understanding of their faith? Critics have accused...

Liking Da Vinci, Loving Jesus: confessions from a Christian fan of "The Code"

May 18, 2006 12:00 AM

Unless you've living in a cave in Tora Bora you know that The Da Vinci Code movie opens this week. Early reviews have not been kind, but that hasn't deflated Leadership editorial coordinator Elizabeth Diffin's excitement. Elizabeth believes enjoying Dan...

Your Own Personal Jesus: Is the language of "a personal relationship" biblical?

March 24, 2006 12:00 AM

The song "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode describes the faith of many: "Your own personal Jesus. Someone to hear your prayers. Someone who cares." In this post, John Suk, a professor of homiletics at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, The...

Pimping Jesus: consumerism and the red-light gospel

March 17, 2006 12:00 AM

Jesus' image can now be found on every imaginable commodity from t-shirts to poker chips. But has our material culture made Jesus' invitation to "new life" itself into a consumable product? Jonathan Yarboro, a church planter from Boone, North Carolina,...

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,...

Flowbee, Jesus, and Me: A Catalyst Echo

October 21, 2005 12:19 PM

My hair stylist cancelled my appointment yesterday because of a schedule conflict, and for a few minutes afterward I searched the Internet for the Flowbee, the vacuum-attachment haircutting system that lets you give yourself a buzz cut. (I really, really...

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