All posts from “Relationships”

The Demise of Guys?

November 10, 2011 12:00 AM

"Please, sir, may I have some different?" It's not "more" the average young guy wants today, it's different. Psychologist Philip Zimbardo describes drug addiction as "wanting more," but guys today have what he calls arousal addiction, always "wanting something different."...

Ur Video: Skye Jethani on Treasuring God

October 11, 2011 12:00 AM

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Praying For The Weekend: Francis Chan

September 16, 2011 12:00 AM

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Out of Context: Eugene Peterson

September 8, 2011 12:00 AM

"If people don't know their pastor, it's easy to put the pastor on a pedestal and depersonalize him or her. It's also easy for pastors, who don't know their congregations, simply to classify congregants as saved or unsaved, involved or...

Skye Jethani: What is Life WITH God?

August 23, 2011 12:00 AM

To celebrate the release of my new book, WITH: Reimagining The Way You Relate To God (Nelson, 2011), I wanted to share with you a brief excerpt. In case you're not familiar with the premise of the book, and how...

Has Mission Become Our Idol? (Cont.)

July 20, 2011 12:00 AM

You may be thinking, “But we are called to do things for God. And what’s the alternative--continuing to allow the people in our churches to be self-consumed Christians seeking only their own comfort?” That is a very fair concern. And...

Has Mission Become Our Idol?

July 18, 2011 12:00 AM

“There is a first-rate commitment to a second-rate mission.” That is what Roger, a leader in global church planting, said as he looked at the rock climbers ascending a cliff in the Alps. Many of us called into ministry feel...

Authority or Influence

July 15, 2011 12:00 AM

As a pastor, I have authority in my community. But authority is not really what I want. What I really want is influence. Authority is the ability to get people to do what I think they should do. Influence, however,...

The Heart of Authority: Relationships

June 17, 2011 12:00 AM

Anthony, the junior high youth pastor who serves alongside me at River Valley Church, is an ace car mechanic. He’s my authority on all things pertaining to my 2001 Honda Civic. He can diagnose and fix my problem. He’s good,...

Ur Cartoon: Sexual Abstinence

December 14, 2010 12:00 AM

In yesterday's post Mark Regnerus reveals the failure of faith-based abstinence programs. I thought this cartoon from Roger Judd was an appropriate follow-up. You can find more cartoon by Roger Judd in every issue of our free digital magazine, Catalyst...

Out of Context: Mark Regnerus

December 13, 2010 12:00 AM

"Our collective efforts to deter premarital sex are not that successful: 41 percent of churchgoing, conservative Protestant men's relationships become sexual within one month, barely lower than the national average of 48 percent. We expend so much energy to generate...

Scot McKnight: The Story Called Us

June 24, 2009 8:42 AM

At the end of his lecture and after answering a smattering of questions, the pristine and aged New Testament scholar, Bruce Metzger, asked Doug Moo if he could share something on his heart to the seminary students gathered that day....

Advent...the Conspiracy

December 18, 2008 12:00 AM

Our friends at Advent Conspiracy have produced a truly thought provoking video for this season. Is your church participating in this campaign? I'd love to hear about your experiences. If not, how would people react in your church if you...

The Life You've Always Wanted (in Bed)

July 22, 2008 8:00 AM

A number of churches are now preaching a message I never heard from the pulpit growing up: God wants you to have sex. Lots of sex. Great sex. All for his glory, of course. In February 2008, Relevant Church...

Live from Shift: Mark Yaconelli Podcast

April 10, 2008 7:16 AM

Yesterday morning we recapped Mark Yaconelli's talk from the first day of Shift 2008. Thanks to those of you who have left comments on this post, along with the reviews of the sessions with Brian McLaren and Shane Claiborne....

Live from Shift: Broken Ministry

April 9, 2008 1:00 PM

The second session at Shift began with a plea from Bo Boshers, the Executive Director of Youth Ministries for the Willow Creek Association. He shared that a survey of this conference's attendees showed that 67% of the youth leaders...

Squelched by Marriage

October 29, 2007 12:00 AM

When I get home tonight, I'll think awhile about Gordon MacDonald's new column. In fact, I think most pastors and leaders should think hard on his thesis: What has the dominant, big-personality, leader type squelched in his spouse? I may...

Out of Context: Shane Hipps

July 3, 2007 12:00 AM

"I believe certain technologies preclude incarnational ministry. And the reason I believe that is because God became embodied in Jesus. And embodiment means human physical touch; presence. And there are certain technologies that disembody us, like video." -Shane Hipps serves...

Getting the Gospel Right

May 9, 2007 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago Dave Johnson questioned our adherence to a gospel that does not call forth or expect transformation in our lives. In this post professor and blogger extraordinaire Scot McKnight continues the discussion. He contends that many of...

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...

Out of Context: Ken Fong

November 9, 2006 12:00 AM

"The nuclear family is not God's most important institution on earth. It is not the social agent that most significantly forms the character of Christians." -Ken Fong is pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles in Rosemead, California Taken...

Married to the Ministry: has the pastor’s wife’s role changed for better or worse?

August 4, 2006 12:00 AM

When my wife and I interviewed at my present church she asked what expectations the congregation had of staff spouses. She was told, "We just expect spouses to be church members like everyone else - serving, attending worship, and living...

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