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Wednesday Link List: Delayed Adolescence, Awkward Moments Children's Bible, and More

December 4, 2013 8:00 AM

This week contains many links that will be of interest to pastors and church leaders, along with the usual dash of quirkiness. The video of the week consists of a bunch of grumpy old men describing why Christian hip-hop...

The New York Times on "Addictive Prayer"

August 6, 2013 3:26 PM

Over at The New York Times, op-ed guest columnist T.M. Luhrmann discusses "addictive" prayer, World of Warcraft, and the case of Sigfried Gold, an atheist smoker who kicked his habit after praying for 30 minutes a day to "......

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...

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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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...

Praying For The Weekend: Mindy Caliguire

September 30, 2011 12:00 AM

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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...

Praying For The Weekend: David Platt

September 23, 2011 12:00 AM

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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...

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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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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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...

Ur Video: The Best (Or Worst) Prayer Ever?

August 3, 2011 12:00 AM

Pastors are often asked to offer a prayer at public events. But what sort of prayer is best for these gatherings outside the church? Pastor Joe Nelms has been getting a lot of press for the opening prayer he offered...

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...

Dave Gibbons' Hardcore Lent

March 3, 2011 12:00 AM

Do you dare? Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9th. The purpose of lent is for prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial. It could be a grueling 46 days. People ask me about the options for observing this season of the...

Ur Video: Testimony from North Korea

November 19, 2010 12:00 AM

Nearly everyone who attended the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, last month agreed that the testimony of the young North Korean woman was one of the emotional high points of the gathering. Her story of sacrifice, anger, salvation,...

Matt Chandler Discusses his Brain Surgery

December 7, 2009 12:00 AM

Last summer I had the opportunity to interview Matt Chandler in Dallas. (Read the interview.) I should confess that I wasn't particularly excited about the interview. I'd never met Matt before, but I held certain assumptions about how the...

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...

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...

You Walk (with God) Wrong

May 30, 2008 8:15 AM

In a recent issue of New York magazine, Adam Sternbergh accuses, "You Walk Wrong." And I can't help but think that his insight into feet has spiritual application for Western Christians. As the title suggests, Sternbergh claims that none of...

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....

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...

Quiet Graces at a Loud Conference

February 9, 2007 12:00 AM

Last year at the National Pastors Convention, Dallas Willard spoke at an early morning Bible study gathering. Unlike the main sessions the Bible study had no music, no flashing lights, no massive screen. There was nothing remotely worshipful or stimulating...

Old Men Will Dream Dreams (Revisited): Was it really the voice of God?

September 29, 2006 12:00 AM

Last month we shared the disturbing late night experience of Pastor Nick Overduin. While sleeping in his study Overduin had a frightening encounter with "The Voice." His experience started a conversation about our openness and skepticism toward the supernatural. Nick...

Old Men Will Dream Dreams: This pastor doesn’t advocate hearing voices, but he happened to hear one

August 18, 2006 12:00 AM

All pastors are crazy; I've known that since seminary. Some pastors, however, have fewer cards in their decks than others. Nick Overduin, pastor of Toronto First Christian Reformed Church, began to question his own sanity after an experience that was...

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