All posts from “Spiritual formation”

Ed Dobson on Finding Purpose Outside the Church

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

For the last two weeks we've been talking about the temptations and maladies created by our the celebrity culture within the church. Pastors are measured by the magnitude of their platform rather than the maturity of their faith. Ed Dobson...

Unexpected Grace

February 6, 2012 12:00 AM

Some of the most important moments of faith do not come from the places we expect. They may not come from behind a pulpit or an altar, in corporate worship, or during a retreat. Those of us leading congregations are...

Ur Video: Skye Jethani on Treasuring God

October 11, 2011 12:00 AM

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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...

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....

Epic Fail Pastors Conference

February 7, 2011 12:00 AM

In the most recent issue of Leadership, John Ortberg shares this important observation: I once was part of a survey on spiritual formation. Thousands of people were asked when they grew most spiritually, and what contributed to their growth. The...

Dallas Willard on How We Assess Spiritual Growth

May 3, 2010 12:00 AM

How can churches know if they are being effective at making disciples? Many churches are measuring the wrong things. We measure things like attendance and giving, but we should be looking at more fundamental things like anger, contempt, honesty, and...

Jonathan Edwards on the New Reformed Movement

October 5, 2009 12:00 AM

If he hadn’t died from a tainted smallpox vaccination in 1758, Jonathan Edwards would be celebrating his 306th birthday today--Monday, October 5. When Edwards died, at the relatively young age of 55, he was one of the best known pastor-theologians...

Live from NPC: Rob Bell

February 11, 2009 4:12 PM

Most of the church leaders attending this morning's session at NPC probably thought they don't share much in common with mega-church pastor, mega-celebrity, mega-author Rob Bell. They were wrong. Bell spoke about being criticized - the "million little paper cuts"...

Defending Depravity

May 23, 2008 12:00 AM

A century and a half ago, Herman Melville (he wrote Moby Dick, but don't hold that against him) observed, "In certain moods, no man can weigh this world without throwing in something, somehow like Original Sin, to strike the...

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...

Success Covers a Multitude of Sins

June 7, 2007 12:00 AM

This week I am attending the Midwest Regional Spiritual Formation Forum at Elmbrook Church near Milwaukee. The conference theme is "spiritual formation and the mission of the church." Most interpret "mission" to mean a measurable impact in the world. Are...

Jesus and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

April 3, 2007 12:00 AM

Leadership's editor-at-large, Gordon MacDonald, is back with further reflections on life and faith. This time he addresses the nature of spiritual brokenness - a truth incarnated by his temperamental 1950 Ford. (Sorry, I have a weakness for bad puns.) My...

Goodbye Religion, Hello Spirituality

March 29, 2007 12:00 AM

Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones, two prominent voices in the Emergent conversation, have edited a new book called An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (Baker, 2007). The dictionary defines the word manifesto as, "a public declaration of principles, policies, or intentions."...

The False Gospel of Impact

March 2, 2007 12:00 AM

How can a church leader keep their soul rooted in Christ and still keep pace with their ministry? The next issue of Leadership, due in mailboxes in April, will focus on that question. Phil Vischer may seem like an unlikely...

Missional Buzz

January 12, 2007 12:00 AM

The upcoming winter issue of Leadership will wrestle with the meaning of a very popular word - missional. Tim Conder, pastor of Emmaus Way in Durham, North Carolina, says, "So many fellowships that once boldly self-identified as cell churches, meta-churches,...

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...

Out of Context: J. I. Packer

November 3, 2006 12:00 AM

"There's no sense that people need to be born again. There's no sense that Christians are different altogether at root level from non-Christians in society." -J. I. Packer is the Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. and...

Is Jesus the Answer or the Question?: rediscovering the role of mystery in our faith

June 6, 2006 12:00 AM

Recent posts on Ur have focused on the nature of Emergent - is it liberal Christianity recast for a new generation, or simply a forum of conversation for those looking for a better understanding of their faith? Critics have accused...

Searching for the Perfect Parachurch

February 21, 2006 12:00 AM

Many of the most prominent and influential ministries in the world are not churches. But, the spread of parachurch ministries in recent decades has caused some to wonder: do parachurches help or hurt local congregations? Dave Terpstra, pastor of The...

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