All posts from “Repentance”

Tuesdays with Tozer- Repentance

May 4, 2010 12:00 AM

There are many peculiar ideas about biblical repentance. I have talked with people who tried to tell me that repentance is necessary because “it makes you fit so that God can save you.” The Bible does not teach that, and...

The Body Broken for Who?

February 18, 2009 12:00 AM

Late in 2008, theologian J. I. Packer sat down with a few CTI editors to talk theology. Here's what Dr. Packer had to say when the conversation ranged to Communion. Do you believe that access to the Lord's Table should...

Out of Ur Repents?

June 25, 2008 12:00 AM

In October 2007, Out of Ur posted what has now become a much read and much quoted commentary that we titled "Willow Creek Repents?" It was based on comments that Bill Hybels and Greg Hawkins, Willow Creek's executive pastor, presented...

Gordon MacDonald: Is Wright Really Wrong?

May 13, 2008 12:00 AM

In Gordon MacDonald's monthly column at, he asks this provocative question: Is there a significant difference between Jeremiah Wright's "God damn America," and the comment so oft-quoted in evangelical pulpits (attributed to a well known preacher who shall...

(Some) Sinners Welcome

April 12, 2007 12:00 AM

This week the New York Times ran a story about a controversy dividing a church in Carlsbad, California. Outside Pilgrim United Church of Christ hangs a banner that reads "All are welcome." Now that claim is being tested. In January,...

Protecting the Pastor's Soul

November 14, 2006 12:00 AM

The phenomenon of celebrity pastors in the American church cuts two ways. When a mega-pastor succeeds everyone buys their book, attends their seminar, and emulates their strategy. And when a mega-pastor falls we all look into our own souls for...

The Poet of Ur: "The Liar’s Lament"

November 10, 2006 12:00 AM

Daniel Haase, a professor at Wheaton College, is a frequent visitor to Ur. The last time he shared one of his poems with us it was after a heated conversation on the blog that turned ugly. Haase has composed another...

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...

Mark Driscoll's Apology: Blogging means sometimes having to say "I'm sorry"

March 28, 2006 12:00 AM

In January, Out of Ur ran an editorial written by Brian McLaren on a pastoral response to homosexuality. Hundreds of readers posted comments either supporting or condemning McLaren's perspective. But none caused as much uproar as the rant written by...


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