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Boston Bombs and the Image of God

April 16, 2013 12:36 PM

Yesterday at 2:50 p.m., my city was attacked. Two bombs exploded, terrorizing thousands. At least two people were killed, and hundreds were injured. Members of the congregation I pastor were on the fringes of danger. Some were running in...

Boston Marathon Tragedy: Fellowship Tested

April 16, 2013 10:29 AM

Even people who never run treasure the Boston Marathon. Some years our family lines up early to cheer on the runners along the race route or gather near the Copley Square finish line. Other years we watch on TV....

Inside the Battle at Coral Ridge

November 16, 2011 12:00 AM

Tullian Tchividjian knows all about filling big shoes. Not only is he the grandson of Billy Graham, but in 2009 Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) stepped into another pair of Shaq-sized sneakers. He succeeded the late James Kennedy as pastor of Coral...

Native Americans, Europeans, & The Black Book

October 10, 2011 12:00 AM

It's Columbus Day. (Well, actually Monday is the day off for most people, but October 12 is actually the day Chris first laid eyes on land in the western hemisphere, an island he dubbed San Salvador.) For some it's a...

Skye Jethani: Beauty from 9/11's Ashes

September 6, 2011 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago I was in New York City and I visited Ground Zero for the first time. Here is a reflection I wrote later that evening: Despite the ongoing construction of the Freedom Tower and memorial, it’s hard...

Stay Classy, Willow Creek

August 14, 2011 12:00 AM

Last week was the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit. The annual conference is a convergence of business, government, social, and church leaders curated by the WCA and headlined by Bill Hybels. Past Summits have featured speakers like Bill Clinton,...

Ur Video: Pastor Tased by Worship Leader

August 11, 2011 12:00 AM

New Welcome Baptist Church in Grand Bay, Alabama, was the scene of a violent church conflict on August 7. Details are still coming out, but it seems to involved the pastor, worship leader, a few deacons, knives, and at least...

Megachurch For Sale

May 27, 2011 12:00 AM

News comes from California today that the Crystal Cathedral is for sale. The megachurch founded and developed by Robert H. Schuller has accumulated so much debt that selling the iconic Southern California facility is the only option. Some point to...

Horror and Hope in Japan

March 14, 2011 12:00 AM

The images and stories emerging from Japan are terrible, and with the threat of nuclear meltdown still looming there may be more to come. But amid the rubble and mud, the church is offering a perspective of hope. Message from...

Lausanne Congress Days 2-3: Gospel on the Move

October 19, 2010 12:00 AM

In the last two days of the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, we have heard the stories and seen irrefutable evidence of God's presence in the world. On Monday night we heard from an 18-year-old woman who fled North Korea...

Catalyst: The Tension Is Good

October 6, 2010 10:14 PM

Tomorrow is the first day of Catalyst, and today Nate Johnson and I from Leadership went to Atlanta for the pre-day of “labs,” Catalyst’s term for their workshops. This year’s theme: “The Tension Is Good.” Several of the labs I...

Anne Rice's Renunciation

August 13, 2010 8:46 AM

Best selling author Anne Rice has quit Christianity. She is not quitting on Jesus Christ or the Bible, she says, but she is quitting organized Christianity. Ms. Rice announced her quit-decision not through a resignation letter (where would one send...

Who Speaks for Evangelicals?

July 20, 2010 9:38 AM

One of the advantages of being Catholic is that, whether you agree or not, at least you know who speaks for you. When a controversial subject needs to be discussed, there are vehicles and forums to help it get a...

Ted Haggard: Back in the Saddle

June 2, 2010 12:00 AM

Back on May 18, Religion News Service reported that Ted Haggard filed business documentation with Colorado’s secretary of state to incorporate a nonprofit called “St. James Church.” The address listed on the documents was the same as Ted and Gayle...

Long Live Organic Church!

January 13, 2010 12:00 AM

The organic church has been a frequent topic of discussion on this blog. And Leadership journal has featured articles and interviews from Alan Hirsch, Neil Cole, and Frank Viola. Like us, Mark Galli has an appreciation for the efforts and...

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...

Ur Video: Perry Noble on Responding to Critics

November 18, 2009 12:00 AM

How should you and your church respond to critics? Perry Noble has some experience with the subject and some wisdom to share....

The Fragility of Unity

September 28, 2009 12:00 AM

By now most of you have heard of the conflict at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, the famous church that was pastored by D. James Kennedy for 48 years. (See the Sun-Sentinel article) This past March, two years after Kennedy’s death,...

Bill Hybels on "Leading in the New Reality"

August 7, 2009 7:57 AM

Opening illustration: Ship captains will sail if waves are 3 feet, 6 feet, or even 9 feet high; but what they fear are rogue waves--the unexpected high wave. All of us in organizational leadership this past 8 months have been...

The Wrong Boogeyman (Part 2)

April 7, 2009 12:00 AM

How do we account for the dramatic doubling of the number of secular Americans over the last 18 years? And what are we to do about the exodus of young people from the church? These are important questions, and uncovering...

The Wrong Boogeyman (Part 1)

March 27, 2009 12:00 AM

Two weeks ago the American Religious Identification Survey [ARIS] released its findings and announced that "secular" Americans now account for 15 percent of the population. That is up from 8 percent in 1990 and just 2 percent in 1962. Among...

The Hansen Report: Rural Exodus

February 3, 2009 8:20 AM

Time traveled to the frozen Midwest to report the obvious: Rural communities struggle to recruit trained pastors. The dateline could have read 1979 and the story would not have looked altogether different. The situation has certainly worsened in the last...

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...

God’s Voice in the Global Market Meltdown

November 18, 2008 12:00 AM

by Dave Gibbons I imagine you may be paying more attention to the market news. Our 401Ks have turned into a 201Ks! The markets are in transition. Most likely this recession will not be quickly fixed with bailouts and the...

Ted Haggard: Back in the Pulpit

November 12, 2008 1:31 PM

It has been two years since Ted Haggard resigned as the senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado and the president of the National Association of Evangelicals. The scandal reverberated through the media just before the pivotal 2006 elections,...

Why I am Hopeful

October 20, 2008 12:00 AM

Has the economy got you worried? When pundits are throwing around statements like, "The worst market since the Great Depression," it's natural to get concerned. But Andy Crouch has a different take. He's written a really insightful article for our...

Death in the Morning

April 18, 2007 12:00 AM

Pastor and professor Scott Wenig understands the profound responsibility church leaders face in the aftermath of a tragedy. Nine years ago his community was devastated when two teenage gunmen entered Columbine High School. Wenig shares the wisdom he gained after...

Picking up the Pieces

November 28, 2006 12:00 AM

In the old nursery rhyme "all the king's horses and all the king's men" tried to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Likewise, when a pastor falls, a great amount of energy can be poured into the leader's restoration. But...

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