All posts from “grace”

Wednesday Link List: Semi-Churched, A Dog's Reflections on Christmas Trees, and More

December 18, 2013 8:00 AM

One week to the big day, here is a mix of both seasonal and regular links. It's exciting to think how many people get saved each week just reading these story teasers. The Driscoll Affair is bringing to light...

Friday Five Interview: Amy Simpson

May 17, 2013 5:09 AM

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Amy Simpson. Amy Simpson is editor of Christianity Today's Gifted for Leadership and author of numerous resources for Christian ministry. Her latest book is Troubled Minds: Mental...

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...

Listening to Tullian Tchividjian at the Jacksonville Pastor's Conference

January 26, 2012 9:40 PM

I'm blogging semi-live live from the Jacksonville Pastor's Conference and it's the first time I've heard Tullian Tchividjian speak. Here's one thing for certain about Tullian: he's passionate and clear about one thing—the gospel. And for Tullian the good news...

Catalyst 2011 Justice and Mercy Part 1

October 7, 2011 11:49 AM

One of the things I appreciate about this conference is the beautiful blend of worship and compassion, evangelism and justice, love for the church and love for a broken world. The Catalyst culture promotes so much talk and action around...

Shane Claiborne: Death Interrupted

September 21, 2011 12:00 AM

Last week death was interrupted. Duane Buck was set for execution. His execution would have been the second last week and the eleventh this year in Texas alone… and two more executions are scheduled soon. When Presidential candidate Rick Perry...

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: Francis Chan on Hell

June 22, 2011 12:00 AM

It's not my habit to post videos that function as extended commercials for a product, but in this case I've made an exception. Francis Chan has a new book launching that he co-wrote with New Testament professor Preston Sprinkle (not...

Special Needs Boy Removed From Worship

June 13, 2011 12:00 AM

Many churches focus on providing a compelling worship experience. The desire is to attract people to an excellent production where they can sing, learn, and leave feeling renewed. For decades we've called this approach "seeker-sensitive." But does that sensitivity have...

Ur Video: Driscoll on Porn

June 7, 2011 12:00 AM

James MacDonald asks Mark Driscoll for a definitive answer on porn. When does viewing it disqualify a person from leadership--once a year, once a quarter, once a month, once a week? Driscoll avoids giving a one-size-fits-all answer. What do you...

Surprised by Addiction

June 6, 2011 12:00 AM

Addictions come in various forms: alcohol, gambling, drugs, pornography, overeating, and binge shopping, just to name a few. Whatever the particular vice, addictions thrive on secrecy and shame. And while addictions can be difficult for anyone to divulge, pastors face...

Ur Video: Dallas Willard on Grace

May 13, 2011 12:00 AM

Well, I hadn't planned on posting the second part of Dallas Willard's video from Catalyst. But since you are all getting so animated about part 1, here you go. In this video he discusses spiritual disciplines and the role of...

Rob Bell: Does "Love Wins" Even have a Chance of Winning?

March 15, 2011 12:00 AM

Tonight I listened to Rob Bell’s interview with Lisa Miller of Newsweek discuss his new book Love Wins. Miller’s questions were pointed and focused, much like those which were asked by the crowd and online viewers, but Bell’s responses were...

Ur Video: Who Gets Into Heaven?

March 1, 2011 12:00 AM

We seem to be on a doctrine binge these days. First a run of discussions on the role of women in ministry, and now a conversation fueled by Rob Bell's new book about hell and universalism. Talking about damnation has...

Rob Bell: Universalist?

February 28, 2011 12:00 AM

Popular and controversial pastor Rob Bell has a new book launching at the end of March, Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Has Ever Lived. The topic has given new fuel to Bell's critics who...

Ur Video: John Piper on Porn

February 3, 2011 12:00 AM

Leadership Journal is now in its 31st year of publication, and it seems that church leaders struggling with pornography has been a constant theme we've covered through all of those years--even well before the age of the internet. Does the...

Ur Video: Ted Haggard Scolds Evangelicals

January 13, 2011 12:00 AM

With a new church and a new documentary airing on TLC January 16 (Ted Haggard: Scandalous), Haggard is back in the media spotlight. In this clip from an interview with ABC News, Haggard shares his new thoughts about the evangelical...

Segregated Churches and Immigration

May 13, 2010 12:00 AM

The national debate (or is it an argument?) about immigration has provided a huge opportunity for churches to proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel to an anxious country. However, rather than responding with courage and grace, many of us have either...

Tim Keller on Justification and Justice

April 28, 2010 10:18 PM

The Q gathering kicked off in Chicago today. 600 Christian leaders in the church, business, social sector, education, government, and the arts assembled at the Civic Opera House to hear some very stimulating talks and engage in more conversations themselves....

More from Chuck Swindoll...

October 9, 2009 11:33 AM

1) Whatever you do, do more with others and less alone 2) Whenever you do it, emphasize quality not quantity. 3) Wherever you go, do it the same as if you were among those who know you best. 4) Whoever...

Pastors or Personalities?

February 5, 2009 12:00 AM

I think I was in college when I first saw that title of a magazine that brazenly called itself SELF, and it was so bold it could have been called SELF! Nurtured in a theology that drew its juices from...

Live from Shift: Telling Better Stories

April 9, 2008 4:30 PM

Here at Out of Ur we've been hosting a conversation about the themes found in Shane Claiborne's latest book, Jesus for President (part one and part two). As is evident from this conversation, Shane is a guy who provokes...

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...

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...

Protecting the Pastor's Soul

November 14, 2006 12:00 AM

The phenomenon of celebrity pastors in the American church cuts two ways. When a mega-pastor succeeds everyone buys their book, attends their seminar, and emulates their strategy. And when a mega-pastor falls we all look into our own souls for...

The Poet of Ur: "The Liar’s Lament"

November 10, 2006 12:00 AM

Daniel Haase, a professor at Wheaton College, is a frequent visitor to Ur. The last time he shared one of his poems with us it was after a heated conversation on the blog that turned ugly. Haase has composed another...

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