All posts from “Teaching”

Have We Forgotten the “Foolishness of Preaching?”

October 28, 2013 9:19 AM

I sat over espresso with a friend this summer. Being passionate about such things, we talked about churches. He’d just come from a conversation with a mutual friend, the lead pastor of a rural Midwest congregation. The topic of...

Friday Five Interview: Jon Acuff

June 28, 2013 5:00 AM

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Jon Acuff. Jon is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular conference speaker. His blog, Stuff Christians Like, is read by more than 5 million...

Stupid Church Tricks: Fake Kidnapping

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Are you trying to develop a more hospitable, seeker-friendly atmosphere in your church? Here's the first step: Don't kidnap people at gunpoint. A church in Pennsylvania is under investigation for taking a lesson about persecution too far. Glad Tidings Assembly...

Ur Video: Dever Worries "Gospel" Isn't Individual Enough

February 28, 2012 12:00 AM

This interview by Ed Stetzer with Mark Dever caught me by surprise. They're talking about the renewed interest among evangelicals in a "larger gospel" that captures a kingdom theology. Dever sees it as exceedingly dangerous because a focus on doing...

Ur Video: N.T. Wright on Genesis 1...Literally

February 17, 2012 12:00 AM

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Is Video Preaching on the Decline?

December 21, 2011 12:00 AM

'Tis the season for presents, and parties, and pageants, and...predictions. At the end of every year we often speculate about what the future will bring. What trends will gain momentum, and which have 'jumped the shark.' Sam Rainer, president of...

Ur Video: Francis Chan's Warning to Young Pastors

November 18, 2011 12:00 AM

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Nov/Dec Catalyst Leadership: The Gospel in Focus

October 24, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest edition of our free digital magazine, Catalyst Leadership, is now online. In this issue we have almost doubled the number of pages and articles, and with all of that new space we're tackling a critically important question:...

Catalyst 2011: Be Present

October 5, 2011 8:55 AM

I'm just heading out to Atlanta for the 2011 Catalyst Conference. Stay tuned for updates from the conference over the next few days. Based on the theme for this year's conference--Be Present--the upcoming participants have posted the following "reasons to...

Sep/Oct Catalyst Leadership Now Available

August 25, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest issue of our free digizine, Catalyst Leadership, is now available online. This time we're covering "Authority Issues." You'll hear from authors like Eugene Peterson, Richard Foster, Charles Swindoll, Andy Stanley, and Skye Jethani. As always, we've included some...

Ur Video: In Memory of John Stott

July 29, 2011 12:00 AM

"The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to Heaven." -Billy Graham For more on...

Ur Video: John Dickson on Humility

July 7, 2011 12:00 AM

The next Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit is around the corner (August 11-12). For those of you unfamiliar with the event, its list of speakers (or "faculty" as the WCA likes to call them) has tended to follow a tried...

The Morning After...

May 23, 2011 12:00 AM

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Ur Video: The End of the World!!!!!!!

May 20, 2011 12:00 AM

Matthew Paul Turner composed this essay a few years ago, but it seems relevant given that tomorrow is reportedly the end of the world....

Q Portland: Day One

April 27, 2011 12:00 AM

“Welcome to Portland. Have you gotten high yet?” That was how Donald Miller welcomed the 600 participants of Q to his hometown. As a very “progressive” and “post-Christian” city, Portland is a colorful backdrop for this year’s Q Gathering. Much...

Q 2011- Live from Portland

April 25, 2011 12:00 AM

Leadership's senior editor Skye Jethani will be in Portland later this week for the Q Gathering. He'll be giving us a few live updates and reports from the event. While there is no shortage of ministry events around the country,...

Ur Video: Quran Burning Pastor

April 5, 2011 12:00 AM

In line with our recent discussion about the overlap in Christian and Muslim theology about God, let's talk about t he chaos that has erupted in response to the burning of a Quran by a pastor in Florida. There is...

The "Allah" Issue

April 1, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest issues of Christianity Today includes an interview with Yale professor Miroslav Volf about his new book Allah: A Christan Response. Volf grew up in Yugoslavia where Christian and Muslim communities have cooperated and clashed. The dedication page of...

I Read Dead People

January 27, 2011 12:00 AM

People ask me all the time, “Who do you read?” In most cases they’re looking for book recommendations. (Some people, particularly Calvinistas, are trying to determine if I’m safe--are my ideas and my theology grounded in what they see as...

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...

Catalyst One Day in Phoenix

November 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Catalyst One Day is coming to Phoenix! Next Thursday, November 18 at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. Join Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel for a one day leadership event focusing on the topic of Momentum. How...

Ur Video: Young Leaders Reflect on Cape Town 2010

November 5, 2010 12:00 AM

While in Cape Town last month for the Lausanne Congress, I met with a number of friends who each participated in the 12 Cities | 12 Conversations tour leading up to Cape Town 2010. About half way through the congress...

Ur Video: Brian McLaren on Being a Heretic

August 18, 2010 12:00 AM

At the Q Conference last April in Chicago, Scot McKnight interviewed Brian McLaren about the "provocative ambiguity" in many of his writings. Does McLaren still affirm the classic creeds of the church as he stated in A Generous Orthodoxy, and...

Ur Video: Driscoll's Scatalogical Humor

June 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Earlier this week, Collin Hansen warned about the growing popularity and risks of using humor in the pulpit. I thought an illustration was called for. Mark Driscoll uses humor frequently, among other communication tactics, to convey his messages. Here is...

The Hansen Report: Comedy in the Pulpit

June 9, 2010 12:00 AM

I love to laugh. And when I laugh, you’ll hear me if you’re in the same zip code. I have a few all-time favorite comedy TV shows that I can watch over and over again. And I enjoy funny...

The Hansen Report: Reflections of a Recent Seminary Graduate

May 19, 2010 12:00 AM

Spring weather means graduation is coming, ushering in a season of new beginnings for students finishing high school, college, and graduate school. After three years of seminary, I’m a master of divinity. At least that’s what the diploma will...

Tuesdays with Tozer

April 6, 2010 12:00 AM

I'm thrilled to welcome Margaret Feinberg to Out of Ur this spring. Margaret is a fine author and speaker, and she's a great addition to the conversation on Ur. For the next few weeks we'll be posting her reflections on...

Narrative or Doctrine- What Should You Teach?

March 29, 2010 12:00 AM

Last weekend I attended Spark, a children's ministry conference near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The theme of the conference was "The Art of Storytelling." I think you'd be hard pressed to find a keynote speaker better suited to speak on that topic...

Review: Brian McLaren's 'A New Kind of Christianity'

March 18, 2010 9:00 AM

Scot McKnight, a regular contributor to Ur, has written a review of Brian McLaren's latest book for Christianity Today. McLaren and his ideas have been the subject of much debate in recent years. Does A New Kind of Christianity pacify...

Ur Video: Greg Boyd on Hell

March 5, 2010 12:00 AM

Our dive into damnation continues with Greg Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills Church. After explaining our human tendency toward poor self-assessment, and our need to be in a right relationship with God, Boyd says, "I don't know who's going to...

Mark Driscoll: Avatar "Most Satanic Movie I've Ever Seen"

March 1, 2010 1:00 PM

Move over Rob Bell--Mark Driscoll has a new nemesis: Avatar. The blockbuster movie has been condemned by the pugnacious preacher as "demonic paganism" for it's portrayal of a "false Jesus" and a "false heaven." Driscoll said, "That any Christian...

Chris Seay: Don't Begin with Morality

March 1, 2010 12:00 AM

In the current issue of our digizine, Catalyst Leadership, there is a video of Chris Seay talking about his ministry among transvestite prostitutes in Houston. "If Jesus were in Houston, Texas, today this is where he would be," says Seay,...

Ur Video: Mark Driscoll on Hell

February 24, 2010 12:00 AM

You knew it was coming. We couldn't feature a series on hell without Mark Driscoll. His bold, in-your-face preaching on the subject is a vivid contrast with Erwin McManus' pastorally sensitive approach from last week. Which style is a better...

Ur Video: Erwin McManus on Hell

February 18, 2010 12:00 AM

We've heard from N.T. Wright, John Piper, and Tim Keller about the doctrine of hell. What do you make of McManus' understanding of hell and God's character? He seems to echo the perspective of C.S. Lewis who wrote that "The...

Ur Video: Tim Keller on Hell

February 11, 2010 12:00 AM

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Ur Video: Piper on Hell

February 3, 2010 12:00 AM

The second edition of our series on hell features John Piper. He's concerned that we're diminishing the centrality and importance of hell in our theology and proclamation. Do you agree?...

Ur Video: NT Wright on Hell

January 28, 2010 12:00 AM

We're starting a new weekly series on Out of Ur about the doctrine of Hell. Each week there will be a post (video or written) from a church leader on their view of Hell and the role of the doctrine...

Catalyst One Day- Chicago

January 26, 2010 12:00 AM

March 25, 2010 at Willow Creek Community Church Early Registration Ends Thursday, January 28 Go to www.catalystoneday.com and use the Rate Code: BLOG for a special $99 discounted rate. Catalyst One Day features Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel in...

5 Things to Love About the Emerging Church

January 22, 2010 12:00 AM

With everyone writing obituaries for the Emerging Church movement, I feel the need to take a timeout to remember some positives about the movement. Although the Emerging Church has been mixed, and in many ways lost momentum and splintered, it...

The Golden Canon Leadership Book Awards

January 19, 2010 12:00 AM

Two things in short supply for nearly every church leader—time and money. Unfortunately both are necessary if we hope to buy and read the numerous books intended to help us in our work. That is why Leadership created the...

Ur Video: The Prosperity Gospel

November 3, 2009 12:00 AM

Christianity Today International, Out of Ur's publisher, and The Lausanne Movement, a worldwide movement of evangelical Christian leaders, present The Global Conversation: a year-long series of essays, short films, and photo essays about issues facing the church worldwide. These videos...

Scot McKnight's Top 10 Leadership Books

October 20, 2009 12:00 AM

What makes a leader? Ideas. Courage. Contact with great thinkers. What makes a Christian leader? Great ideas, courage, and contact with great thinkers shaped by the gospel. So, I offer to you a list of my top ten books for...

Ur Video: STORY Conference

October 19, 2009 12:00 AM

Skye Jethani will be presenting at the STORY Conference next week, Url will be blogging from the event, and Leadership's editors will be hosting video interviews with the speakers. Be sure to check out more at StoryChicago.com....

Out of Context: Matt Chandler

July 30, 2009 12:00 AM

From "The Good Fight," an interview with Matt Chandler in the current issue of Leadership. "I'm unapologetically Reformed, but nine times out of ten I cannot stand the Reformed community. I don't want to be around them. I don't want...

Ur Video: Donald Miller on Life and Story

July 13, 2009 12:00 AM

Hear more from Donald Miller at the STORY conference October 28-29 in Chicago. Learn more about the event at storychicago.com....

Gospel Coalition or Expedition?

June 30, 2009 8:36 AM

The Gospel Coalition (TGC) has been galvanizing many younger evangelicals to re-think their theology and practice. I applaud this new theological energy. But I wonder (given its moniker) whether TGC will be a force for coalition or expedition. "Coalition" describes...

Tony Jones: We Ordain Everyone

May 11, 2009 12:00 AM

Do you believe in ordination? Or, more accurately stated, do you believe in denominational structures that regulate who is ordained for ministry based on prerequisites, credentials, and education? Tony Jones, author and a leading voice of the emergent church, has...

Live from Catalyst West and...

April 22, 2009 11:37 PM

Today Marshall Shelley and I were at Mariner's Church in Irvine, California, for the pregame show of the first ever Catalyst West Coast conference. Led by Erwin McManus and the rest of the Mosaic team, the Origins Labs (as...

Sermon Prep Survey

April 13, 2009 8:58 AM

Our friends over at PreachingToday.com are doing a little research. They're eager to know how sermon preparation differs from one generation to the next--in particular, how do folks under 35 and over 35 approach their sermon prep? So they've created...

Out of Context: Eugene Peterson

January 28, 2009 2:47 PM

From "Having Ears, Do You Not Hear?" in the current issue of Leadership. "As a pastor, I'm not a theology policeman...But if we are part of a community where the Scriptures are honored, I don't think we have to worry...

Scot McKnight: Bible Maestros

January 8, 2009 12:00 AM

The great Reformer Martin Luther famously found the letter of James to be a strawy epistle because, in his judgment, it did not teach enough Christ or faith or grace. It had too much law for him. Most of...

Third Way Faith

October 10, 2008 10:24 AM

I've noticed a trend lately among Christian writers, thinkers, and leaders: they are framing their approach to faith as an alternative to left/right categories. Some stake out a via media between two poles, while others critique the very essence of...

Live From Catalyst: McKnight on Bad Bible Reading

October 8, 2008 4:01 PM

by Skye Jethani Day 1 at Catalyst in Atlanta is dominated by the Labs. These smaller breakout sessions give conference attendees a more intimate setting to hear from authors, thinkers, and leaders in a more interactive environment. My first stop...

If Your Hand Causes You to Sin...

October 3, 2008 12:00 AM

by Url Scaramanga I would like to thank Mr. Victor T. Cheney for recently sending me a copy of the second edition of his self-published pamphlet titled "Celibacy Guaranteed: For a Safe and Happy Future." Mr. Cheney has asked us...

Pagitt on Emergence, Emergent, & Emerging...Huh?

September 22, 2008 2:13 PM

In this video, Doug Pagitt explains the relationships between the terms emerging, Emergent, and "emergence." It strikes me as trying to decide which layer of the Incredible Gobstopper is the actual Gobstopper. But you should decide for yourself. --Url...

R.I.P. Emerging Church

September 19, 2008 12:00 AM

by Url Scaramanga "The emerging church will disappear." That is what my informant told me as we shared drinks at our clandestine watering hole. I felt like Luca Brasi being handed a dead fish wrapped in newspaper. The hit had...

"Have to" or "Want to" Sermons?

September 3, 2008 8:02 AM

As men and women created in the image of God, believers are designed to become like Christ in ever-increasing measure. Effective, biblical preaching taps into this innate longing by helping people envision what God created us to be in Christ....

The Dark Blight

August 29, 2008 12:00 AM

by Skye Jethani Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman! I've been meaning to write a post about The Dark Knight for...

The Wright Brothers (in Christ)

August 15, 2008 12:00 AM

Recently I was asked where theology was headed. I assured my reader that I wasn't "in the know" but that I would hazard a guess or two. First I thought we were likely to see a more robust Trinitarian theology,...

New Christians VS. Vintage Jesus (Part 3)

July 18, 2008 12:00 AM

I want to thank Chad Hall for taking the time to read the book and giving me some helpful feedback in his review. I also appreciate the opportunity to respond and will seek to do so graciously. (Read Chad Hall's...

New Christians VS. Vintage Jesus (Part 2)

July 17, 2008 12:00 AM

As writer, I am always thankful for reviewers who are thoughtful and evenhanded. I'm afraid that Chad Hall is neither. (Read Chad Hall's review here.) Firstly, I clearly do not write that the emergent movement is the exclusive purveyor of...

New Christians VS. Vintage Jesus

July 15, 2008 12:00 AM

If you'd asked me two years ago if I was part of the emerging church movement, I would have thought for a second and said, "Yes." When asked today, I pause for half a second before saying, "No." The New...

Felt-Needs and Messianic Marketing

July 11, 2008 12:00 AM

Conventional ministry wisdom goes something like this: When launching a new church, first analyze the felt-needs within the target area or population. Then construct ministries to address those felt-needs. Felt-needs based ministries will draw people to your church, and simultaneously...

Formation via Fiction

July 8, 2008 12:00 AM

This is a highly unscientific observation, but I stand by it: In my scouring of bookshelves in pastor's studies and church libraries, I regularly find volumes from the corporate world about how to be an effective leader and efficient administrator;...

Cartoon: The Right Translation

June 23, 2008 12:00 AM

Cartoon by Larry Thomas...

Taking The Shack to the Shed

June 16, 2008 4:33 PM

A graduate professor of mine liked to say that every attempt to explain the Trinity is heresy - every metaphor overemphasizes either God's one-ness or his three-ness. In his bestselling novel, The Shack, William P. Young tries to explain...

The Emerging Synagogue?

May 9, 2008 12:00 AM

While following a relatively uninteresting trail of research recently (which I won't retrace here), I happened upon Synagogue 3000 (S3K). This consortium of rabbis and other Jewish leaders is committed to offering "challenging and promising alternatives to traditional synagogue structures."...

Monsters on the Loose 2

April 25, 2008 12:00 AM

Read part one of Craig Detweiler's post here. Monsters movies are a tired, moribund, nearly dead genre. Roland Emmerich's 1998 Godzilla remake was horrible - all the effects, none of the joy. It had a traditional scenario, established stars,...

Out of Context: Tim Keller

April 24, 2008 12:00 AM

"Today there are many who doubt that there is just one gospel. That gives them the warrent to ignore the gospel of atonement and justification. There are others who don't like to admit that there are different forms to...

Monsters on the Loose

April 22, 2008 12:00 AM

If you hate Cloverfield (or don't even know what it is), then you probably loathe emerging Christians. If you like Cloverfield, you're likely to dig the emergent conversation. Both deliver on their grand promises in a novel way (that...

You Might Be Emergent If...

April 21, 2008 12:00 AM

In the introduction of their new book whose title says it all - Why We're Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be (Moody, 2008) - authors Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck offer yet another attempt at defining "emergent...

T4G's 5,001 Theology Freaks

April 16, 2008 7:47 PM

I'm sitting at the airport in Louisville, Kentucky, heading back home after spending two days with 5,000 theology freaks, and I mean that in mostly a good way. Together for the Gospel ("T4G" to the initiated) is the second gathering...

N. T. Wright on the Resurrection

March 20, 2008 12:00 AM

At the National Pastors Conference in San Diego, our friend at PreachingToday.com, Brian Lowery, got to interview N. T. Wright about his latest book - Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church - and...

Pop Quiz

February 25, 2008 12:00 AM

If you've already taken the quiz and gotten your score, post your comments below. How well did the quiz describe you? If you haven't already taken the quiz, now it's your turn. You can find "The Hermeneutics Quiz" here. Then...

John Ortberg Takes the Quiz

January 24, 2008 12:00 AM

As expected, the blog has been abuzz with people's opinions about Scot McKnight's hermeneutical quiz in the new issue of Leadership. Some of the heat is coming from the assumption - primarily by those who have not seen the quiz...

The Hermeneutics Quiz

January 21, 2008 12:00 AM

As you read this, the winter issue of Leadership is hitting mailboxes. One of the more provocative features of the issue will no doubt be a hermeneutics quiz created by Scot McKnight. The issue's theme is, "Is Our Gospel...

Heresy on Tour?

November 26, 2007 12:00 AM

Since late September blogs have been buzzing about Mark Driscoll's remark at the Convergent Conference labeling Rob Bell a heretic. Bell's broad popularity (due primarily to his books, NOOMA videos, and podcasts) make Driscoll's accusation all the more serious....

Preaching to Express, not Impress

November 15, 2007 12:00 AM

Fred Smith was featured in the very first issue of Leadership published in 1980. Since then the businessman, Bible teacher, and sage as written more than 37 articles, and his insights have guided thousands of pastors. Fred's definition of leadership...

Glimpses of Glory

October 15, 2007 12:00 AM

We live in a dark world. Our hearts long for goodness, beauty, justice, and peace, but they are often hidden behind the shadow cast by evil and sin. This is why preaching is so necessary. Whenever the kingdom of God...

Out of Context: Will Willimon

August 7, 2007 12:00 AM

"The modern, essentially atheistic mentality despises mystery and considers enchantment and befuddlement an affront to its democratic right to know--and then use--everything for purposes of individual fulfillment. This flattened mind loves lists, labels, solutions, sweeping propositions, and practical principles. The...

The Ever-Changing Message

August 2, 2007 12:00 AM

Our friends at FaithVisuals.com recently spoke with Shane Hipps, author of The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture. We posted part one of the discussion last month where Hipps uncovered the ways electronic media affect our messages, and how it can...

The Organic Bible

June 21, 2007 12:00 AM

Previously, John Dunham from the International Bible Society wrote about the unintended impact of having scripture divided by chapters and verses. It's led to what he calls "verse jacking," taking scripture out of context and using it for a purpose...

High Fructose Scripture

June 5, 2007 12:00 AM

There are many dangers in ministry. Jesus warned about the yeast of the Pharisees. Paul warned about engaging foolish controversies. But what about enumerated chapters and verses in the Bible-are those numbers added by editors a threat to sound teaching?...

Out of Context: Mike Breen

June 1, 2007 12:00 AM

"In most evangelical environments, including mine, we have been overwhelmed with models and programs that are designed for local churches to grow bigger. Unfortunately, most really don't work...Many have also come to define Christianity by a set of beliefs. Churches...

Out of Context: Mark Batterson

March 16, 2007 12:00 AM

"Maybe the central task of a worship leader is to keep worship from becoming routine? Maybe the central task of a teaching pastor is to keep the Bible from becoming routine? Maybe the central task of a lead pastor is...

Out of Context: John Beukema

November 30, 2006 12:00 AM

"Ultimately, every text is about God. To focus constantly on the how can subtly influence our perspective of Scripture. For example, the awe-inspiring scene from Isaiah 6:1-4 should probably not become a sermon on 'How to Meet with God.'" -John...

The Danger of Practical Preaching Part 2: Allowing scripture to civilize our thinking

September 7, 2006 12:00 AM

Lee Eclov thinks people need more than helpful applications in a sermon. Rather than being told what to do in three easy step, Eclov argues that good preaching should teach people how to think differently. In the first part of...

The Danger of Practical Preaching: Why people need more than the bottom line

September 5, 2006 12:00 AM

Many of the largest and "most successful" churches have built their ministries on the value of practicality. As a result, Christians today have come to expect spiritual formation by numbers: 5 love languages, 7 steps to healing, 40 days of...

Word for Word: what is driving pastors to plagiarize?

August 1, 2006 12:00 AM

The New York Times ran the story last week of a high-profile pastor busted for plagiarizing sermons, and his congregation's willingness to forgive him. Trying to explain what led to his behavior, Rev. Jackson says: "It's a pattern you get...

The Myth of Expository Preaching (part 3): responding to Scripture as a community

July 28, 2006 12:00 AM

In his final post outlining an alternative to expository preaching, David Fitch invites us to think differently about how we respond to Scripture. Rather than three alliterated application points, why not a liturgical response? And instead of preaching that targets...

The Myth of Expository Preaching (part 2): proclamation that inspires the imagination

July 25, 2006 12:00 AM

David Fitch is back to explain why he believes expository preaching is a myth that is hindering the full potential of the pulpit. In part one of his post Fitch said expository preaching has led to the commodification of Scripture....

The Myth of Expository Preaching & the Commodification of the Word

July 3, 2006 12:00 AM

The summer issue of Leadership, due in mailboxes soon, will focus on the impact of consumerism on our faith and ministries. To get the conversation started, in this post, pastor/professor and regular Ur contributor David Fitch discusses how expository preaching...

Video Venues and the Papacy of Celebrity: Why changing the methods always changes the message

June 28, 2006 12:00 AM

Most people spend a significant part of the week looking at screens; television screens, movie screens, computer screens - in fact, you're looking at one right now. But traditionally Sunday morning was not a screen-time. Then came PowerPoint. First the...

Brian McLaren’s Inferno 3: five proposals for reexamining our doctrine of hell

May 11, 2006 12:00 AM

In this final installment of his interview on hell, Brian McLaren provides more insight into how he understands the teachings of Jesus, and offers five suggestions for rethinking our traditional understanding of hell. Let me offer five suggestions on how...

Brian McLaren’s Inferno 2: are we asking the wrong questions about hell?

May 8, 2006 12:00 AM

In part one of this post, Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo tried to deconstruct the traditional evangelical view of hell. Here, McLaren continues to outline his view as neither universalism nor an exclusivist understanding of hell. And he pushes us...

Brian McLaren’s Inferno: the provocative church leader explains his view of hell

May 5, 2006 12:00 AM

No contributor to Out of Ur has elicited more responses than Brian McLaren. Part of McLaren's appeal is his courage to rethink long-held evangelical assumptions and call the church to shed the baggage of modernity. Brian's critics, however, accuse him...

Spencer Burke on the Church that Consumerism Built--and Why I Fled

May 3, 2006 11:38 AM

The upcoming issue of Leadership deals with "Consumerism and the Church It Creates." We asked Spencer Burke to write about his journey from being a megachurch pastor to spiritual guide of an online community (TheOOZE.com). Below is a brief excerpt....

Drama King: one pastor drops preaching entirely for dramas

April 25, 2006 12:00 AM

For decades churches have been experimenting with forms of communication, and one of the hallmarks of seeker churches has been the use of dramas in worship gatherings. It should come as no surprise that a church named Hot Metal Bridge...

Your Own Personal Jesus: Is the language of "a personal relationship" biblical?

March 24, 2006 12:00 AM

The song "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode describes the faith of many: "Your own personal Jesus. Someone to hear your prayers. Someone who cares." In this post, John Suk, a professor of homiletics at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, The...

What Would Jesus Preach?: Telling the Truth in Church

February 28, 2006 12:00 AM

If Jesus walked into your church this Sunday and preached, what would he say? That's a question pastor Jim Martin has asked on his blog, A Place for the God-Hungry. Jim is pastor of Crestview Church of Christ in Waco,...

Campolo and McLaren 3: Unorthodox Questions

December 1, 2005 12:00 AM

Brian McLaren has been proclaiming the need for a different, more generous approach to orthodoxy. His critics say "generous orthodoxy" is an oxymoron that exemplifies the problem with the postmodern church. In part three of our interview, McLaren explains what...

Should I Rock the House or Preach the Word?

October 13, 2005 3:22 PM

Ben Folds' song "Rock Star" includes these lyrics: You need their approval To tell you you're cool Hey, but look how you pay for it Give the people what they want You've got to give the people what they want...

Theology Is Back

October 7, 2005 7:21 PM

Leadership editor Marshall Shelley offers this report on his conversations with young leaders at Catalyst. "It's funny. It's like theology is back," said Rusty, who is planting a Methodist church near Auburn University in Alabama. The church is meeting in...

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