All posts from “Spiritual Disciplines”

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....

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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Catalyst 2011 Francis Chan

October 6, 2011 5:32 PM

Here's a quick take from Francis Chan's talk. Chan started with 1 Samuel 30, a story from David's life. David and his soldiers had just returned from battle only to find their entire village razed and that the captors had...

Praying For The Weekend: Mindy Caliguire

September 30, 2011 12:00 AM

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Scandal of the Evangelical Imagination

August 8, 2011 12:00 AM

In 1995, Mark Noll argued in The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind that the problem with evangelicalism is “that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” His solution was to take scholarship more seriously. A decade later, Ron Sider...

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...

On Holy Ground at St. Arbucks

January 5, 2011 12:00 AM

**UPDATE...This just in...Starbucks unveils a new logo to coincide with its 40th anniversary. Check it out. -Url** Like many pastors I know, I have a love/hate relationship with Starbucks. For seven years now, as I have labored to plant, grow,...

Can Yoga be Christian?

December 8, 2010 12:00 AM

A few months ago, Al Mohler set off a firestorm when he pronounced yoga to be incompatible with Christian faith. The comments came in a review the Southern Baptist leader wrote about Stephanie Syman's book The Subtle Body: The Story...

10 Commandments of Scripture Interpretation

November 15, 2010 12:00 AM

I. You shall not make for yourself an idol out of Scripture. This is a particular temptation among evangelicals who hold a very high view of Scripture. We forget that our highest calling is not to have a relationship...

More Evidence of Religious and Biblical Illiteracy

September 29, 2010 12:00 AM

The results of a Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life survey have been widely reported this week. Pew asked 3,400 Americans 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity, and other world religions. The results were surprising. It turns out that...

The Real Threat of Pagan Christianity

September 3, 2010 12:00 AM

This year I have begun making the transition from student to teacher by teaching an introductory course on World Religions at a local college (while I’m still taking doctoral classes myself). We’re a couple weeks into our journey, and earlier...

Struggling with Thankfulness in Ministry

July 16, 2010 12:00 AM

It’s true confession time. I struggle to be thankful. I’ve been reading a lot in the Old Testament recently (for a class; I’m not so holy.). One of the themes that has jumped out at me again and again throughout...

Tuesdays with Tozer–Simplicity

April 27, 2010 12:00 AM

I’m struck by the fact that Tozer wrote these words in 1948–more than 60 years ago. Was he ahead of time? Or is the craving for simplicity a constant one? Are there always distractions and busyness–whether you’re living in the...

Tuesdays with Tozer- Holy Men & Women

April 20, 2010 12:00 AM

Some people have a knack for making me hungry to know God. I know a few people who when I’m done talking with them make me want to know and love Him more. I treasure those people. They don’t try...

Tuesdays With Tozer- Worship

April 13, 2010 12:00 AM

As you discovered last week, we’re going to be celebrating Tuesdays With Tozer this spring. Tozer has a knack for stirring up the hunger to know God in my own heart and I hope he’ll do the same for 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...

Ur Video: Leonard Sweet on Reading Scripture

January 20, 2010 12:00 AM

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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...

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,...

Memory Loss Plagues Wall Street and Christians

January 15, 2009 12:00 AM

By Collin Hansen Over the holidays, you probably relished how gas prices largely returned to "normal." Prices higher than $2, $3, or even $4 per gallon just seems so un-American. So why are national opinion writers so diverse as Charles...

Review: The Blue Parakeet, Part 2

October 24, 2008 12:00 AM

In an earlier post, I outlined the content of Scot McKnight's new book, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking how you read the Bible. Here are a few reflections on what I consider the book's primary strengths and weaknesses. First the...

Review: The Blue Parakeet, Part 1

October 23, 2008 12:00 AM

While the majority of academics won't - or can't - write for a popular audience, Scot McKnight is willing and able. And in The Blue Parakeet (Zondervan, 2008), he opens the complex issue of biblical interpretation to the uninitiated...

Cartoon: The Right Translation

June 23, 2008 12:00 AM

Cartoon by Larry Thomas...

This is My Low-Carb Body, Broken for You

June 6, 2008 12:00 AM

Imagine the scene. Jesus has gathered with his followers in the upper room. He takes the bread, breaks it, and gives thanks. Then he says, "This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me."...

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...

Living with Less

October 9, 2007 12:00 AM

Chad Hall is experiencing the simpler life. Intentionally. And he's wondering what effect his quest for less has on those he leads. And he has three questions we can ask. Everywhere I go these days, big is in. My combo...

The Divine Commodity Contest

July 7, 2007 4:20 PM

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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...

Caring for the Inner Pastor

February 15, 2007 12:00 AM

Dallas Willard has written about the importance of soul care for those of us in ministry. He says, The call of God to minister the gospel is a high honor and a noble challenge. It carries with it unique opportunities...

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...

70 Effective Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

December 26, 2006 12:00 AM

Making a resolution for 2007? Before you do, check out the resolutions of one of America's most celebrated pastors. Eric Reed shares with us Jonathan Edwards' effective resolutions. Jonathan Edwards was a serious man. Even at 19, the young man...

Who’s More Spiritual: Emergent or Traditional Evangelicals?

October 22, 2006 9:32 PM

Okay, so no one's had the chutzpah to frame the question so baldly. But each group seems to assume the answer in its favor--at least, that's the impression you'd get from some emergent critiques of traditional evangelicals and from...

Baptizing the Imagination

October 12, 2006 12:00 AM

Our Good Friday this year included no sermon, no worship team, no cutting edge technology or lavish drama. And still people lingered for hours to pray, teenagers returned later in the night with their friends, and children begged their parents...

Spiritual Formation: we’ve already got a proven model, but do we want it?

July 23, 2006 7:43 AM

Recently friends from a major publisher of Sunday school curriculum called me. They were researching trends in spiritual formation, they said, and they thought I might help them. After a few warm-up questions, they got to the heart of the...

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