All posts from “Obedience”

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

January 16, 2012 12:00 AM

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Skye Jethani: Is Tim Tebow a Hypocrite? (Part 1)

January 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Tim Tebow represents America’s two great religions: Christianity and Football. But the way the young Denver Broncos’ quarterback intertwines the two has made some followers of each faith uncomfortable. His post-game interviews always begin with “I’d like to thank my...

Tebow, Jesus, and Praying in Public

December 9, 2011 12:00 AM

If you are not a fan of football (or prayer), then you may be unaware of Tim Tebow. The young quarterback for the Denver Broncos has been outspoken about his faith in Christ. But what has been causing a stir...

Ur Video: Francis Chan's Warning to Young Pastors

November 18, 2011 12:00 AM

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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...

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...

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...

Ur Video: Piper & Warren on God's Authority

July 13, 2011 12:00 AM

As we continue our exploration of pastoral authority, the theme for the upcoming issue of Leadership Journal, it's worth our time to look at the ultimate authority. In this video John Piper interviews Rick Warren about the sovereignty of God....

John Piper Breaks His Silence

October 4, 2010 12:00 AM

Our colleague over at Christianity Today, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, has snagged an interview with John Piper that Ur-banites will want to read. Piper has been on an 8-month leave from ministry to focus on "soul check, marriage and family check,...

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...

Is Ministry a Job or Vocation?

July 6, 2010 12:00 AM

Eugene Peterson laments in For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts (Baker Books, 2010) that he has been “trying for fifty years now to be a pastor in a culture that doesn’t know the difference...

Ur Video: Ed Young Jr. says "U.B.U."

February 19, 2010 12:00 AM

Ed Young Jr., the eccentric pastor from Fellowship Church in Dallas (remember the "7 Day Sex Challenge" sermon he preached from a bed rather than a pulpit?), is reaching out to other pastors with a message on the dangers of...

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...

Ur Video: Leonard Sweet on Reading Scripture

January 20, 2010 12:00 AM

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The Hansen Report: A Thanksgiving Meditation

November 25, 2009 12:00 AM

Surely I’m the only person in the land of Ur whose prayer life occasionally runs aground on the rocks of ministry demands. But just in case I’m not, I thought Thanksgiving might be the right time to explore a...

Margaret Feinberg: The Surprising Truth About Shepherds

October 21, 2009 12:00 AM

As we finished our tea and truffles, I took Lynne to the book of 1 Samuel. I explained that the first mention of someone in Scripture often reveals something significant about the person’s character. The first king of Israel, Saul,...

Margaret Feinberg on Scouting the Divine

October 9, 2009 9:58 AM

The prolific author (without her constant canine companion, Hershey) introduced her latest book, and gave a copy to each attender at Catalyst: Scouting The Divine: My Search For God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey (Zondervan). To write the book,...

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...

Urban Exile: Gran Torino

June 15, 2009 8:48 AM

Clint Eastwood taught me something the other day. The veteran actor and director's latest film sheds light on the tendency by many of us to seek the cultural values of homogeneity, stability, and comfort rather than finding God in the...

Rick Warren's Graduated Gospel: Live at Catalyst West

April 24, 2009 3:49 PM

My son is a gymnast, so I've had to learn about "difficulty factor." That means a judge gives a gymnast better scores for harder routines. For instance, if your dismount from the high bar involves a double back flip...

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...

Cartoon: Am I Called to Preach?

September 2, 2008 12:00 AM

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"God, Rock The Summit"

August 8, 2008 2:47 PM

This year's roster at Willow Creek's Leadership Summit conference includes an impressive lineup of leaders from both the ministry and secular business realms. Pastors John Burke and Efrem Smith, and Bill George (current Harvard Business prof and former CEO...

Out of Context: James Gilmore

May 29, 2008 12:00 AM

"To me, the church should not aim to be 'real' as an end. The church is there to proclaim truth. Trying to be hip and cool and real does a disservice to the church. We're not called to be...

They Love the Church but Not the Institution (Part 2)

March 12, 2008 12:00 AM

In the first part of this post, I discussed my suspicion that we have confused the church (the community of God's people) with the church institution (the 501c3 tax-exempt organization). This leads to a myopic understanding of Christian mission and...

They Love the Church but Not the Institution

March 10, 2008 12:00 AM

Dan Kimball, a regular contributor to Leadership and Out of Ur, has written a book titled, They Like Jesus but Not the Church: Insights from emerging generations. The book chronicles the attitudes of younger seekers - they feel a strong...

5 Crucial Questions on the State of Leadership

September 4, 2007 12:00 AM

Few books in my library have offered more quotable material than Jean Vanier's Community and Growth (Paulist Press, 1989). Here's a nugget: "In order to be able to assume the responsibility for other people's growth, leaders must themselves have grown...

National Pastors Convention 3: David Anderson Reminds Us “Shift Happens”

February 25, 2006 12:00 AM

Developing a multicultural congregation is something many people have talked about but few have done. David Anderson is one of the few. As founder and pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, a multicultural church in Columbia, Maryland, Anderson knows the challenges...

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