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Ur Video: Chandler vs. Furtick

August 29, 2011 12:00 AM

Everyone in pastoral ministry has a bias. Some of us prefer deep doctrinal teaching. Others value ministry that is practical and immediately applicable. Others are all about reaching those far from God. And while there is nothing wrong with those...

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...

Chuck Swindoll: We're Creating Spectators Not Worshipers

May 9, 2011 12:00 AM

In part 1 of Skye Jethani's interview with Chuck Swindoll, he spoke about the insecurity that leads some pastors to seek a crowd and to pander to cultural trends. Some of you felt Swindoll was just being old-fashioned and grumpy....

Ur Video: The Church and the Arts

January 11, 2011 12:00 AM

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Book Review: Making Ideas Happen

June 7, 2010 12:00 AM

Years ago I worked for a visionary pastor who saw ‘the city on the hill’ that he believed our church could become and then he proceeded to lead us there. Using his preaching, pastoral care and personal charisma, he got...

A Church by Any Other Name ...

April 16, 2010 12:00 AM

Have you noticed that church names are getting increasingly strange? Our friend Dennis Baker has. He's been keeping a list of church names in order to document how far we've come from the days of "First Presbyterian" and "Springfield Baptist."...

Holy Holograms!

March 3, 2010 12:00 AM

Clark, a media technology company that supplies churches, is pioneering holographic technology that can create a life-size, three dimensional projection of a preacher on a platform. Blogger Tony Morgan was given a preview at Clark’s offices near Atlanta. He writes,...

Catalyst, Liturgy, and Innovation

November 2, 2009 9:00 AM

According to data from the National Congregations Study (2006-2007), 38% of people in the United States associate themselves with liturgical churches (Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, etc.); while 46% associate themselves with free churches (Baptist, Pentecostal, non-denominational, etc.). The 14% of...

Catalyst Lab: Don't Pity the Poor

October 7, 2009 7:15 PM

Jessica Jackley was in first grade when she became aware of how the poor were being presented to her. She saw ads for parachurch organizations and appeals for missions groups that featured photographs of impoverished children with distended bellies and...

Ministering to the Imagination

January 13, 2009 12:00 AM

by David Swanson The imagination calls up new words, new images, new analogies, new metaphors, new illustrations, new connections to say old, glorious truth. Imagination is the faculty of the mind that God has given us to make the communication...

Multi-site the Low-tech Way

August 5, 2008 12:00 AM

Evergreen, our small church here in Portland, Oregon, has just gone multi-site. But not video venue. We started in a pub in southwest Portland, outgrew that space, and moved to another pub across town. Outgrowing that one, we moved...

Coffee with a Cause

April 8, 2008 3:47 PM

I'm sitting at Ebenezer's - a coffee shop in Washington DC. That may not seem particularly remarkable, but this trendy meeting place represents the convergence of three social pillars - government, business, and church. Ebenezer's is owned and operated...

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...

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...

The eBay Atheist: musings about the Christian media

April 19, 2006 12:00 AM

Are you looking for new people to attend your church? Try eBay. In January, DePaul University graduate student, and committed atheist, Hemant Mehta listed his services on the auction site. Mehta promised to attend one hour of church for every...

Erwin McManus at Catalyst: Formulas Don't Work

October 9, 2005 8:19 AM

The following is from Jennifer Oxford, one of our Leadership team in Atlanta for the Catalyst Conference. Erwin McManus took stage and continued to expound upon the very clear message of the entire Catalyst event...that it's not about formulas...the church,...

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