All posts from “healing”

The Heart of Authority: Relationships

June 17, 2011 12:00 AM

Anthony, the junior high youth pastor who serves alongside me at River Valley Church, is an ace car mechanic. He’s my authority on all things pertaining to my 2001 Honda Civic. He can diagnose and fix my problem. He’s good,...

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,...

Last Call: The Alcohol Brew-haha

May 14, 2009 12:00 AM

The conversation based on Eric Reed's report, "Trouble Brewing," in the latest issue of Leadership has been...stimulating. What should church leaders be modeling for their flocks? Everyone agrees that sobriety is essential, but is enjoying an alcoholic beverage ever okay?...

Is a Beer just a Beer?

May 6, 2009 8:09 AM

I spent a semester abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, during college and attended a great church there. On my first visit to the head deacon's house for dinner, he asked me what I'd like to drink. I asked him what my...

Anne Jackson: Battling Porn Addiction

April 22, 2009 8:00 AM

Last week, blogger and author Anne Jackson stopped by the Out of Ur offices. Anne runs the popular blog and recently published Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic with Zondervan. Anne began struggling with an Internet porn addiction...

Ur Video: Is Drinking a Sin?

March 19, 2009 12:00 AM

Earlier this week Brandon O'Brien wrote about the new debate among clergy over alcohol. Even if we believe the Bible permits consumption, what does wisdom tell us? Should pastors drink as an expression of Christian liberty, or should we refrain...

Trouble Brewing

March 17, 2009 2:05 PM

In the upcoming issue of Leadership (in print mid April), we'll hear from a number of pastors - including Craig Gross, John Burke, and Matt Russell - who are committed to taking the gospel to people with addictions. We're also...

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"...

Choosing Multi-Ethnic Over Mega

April 4, 2008 12:00 AM

I recently returned to my native Arkansas - a world much less ablaze with all the conversations about emergent, missional, monastic, anti-institutional, and ancient-future Christianity. As much as I appreciate those dialogues, a heavy dose of them can obscure the...

Rejoicing in Rebuke

March 25, 2008 12:00 AM

For the past couple of weeks, Ur-banites have been wrestling with questions about church membership. Below, Ken Sande, president of Peacemaker Ministries, takes one of the big questions head on: how does a church discipline its members? On January 18,...

Out of Context: Randall Hasper

December 13, 2006 12:00 AM

"We modern, well-educated, pastoral Dr. Phils may, if not careful, begin to think our answers are more important than God's Word or God's presence. But we must remember that we are servants of Christ in the ministry of healing damaged...

Signs of a Restorable Spirit

November 8, 2006 9:10 AM

In the wake of serious moral failure, church leaders are quickly asked about "restoration." What does a person have to do to be deemed worthy of reinstatement as a church leader? In many ways, the question is premature, like asking...


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