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Ur Video: Dave Kraft on Celebrity Pastors

February 29, 2012 12:00 AM

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SGM-Gate Case Closed

February 7, 2012 12:00 AM

Last year former leaders within Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) came forward with accusations against the group's president, C.J. Mahaney. As reported on this blog, Mahaney was accused of "various expressions of pride, unentreatability, deceit, sinful judgment and hypocrisy." In order...

Ur Video: C.J. Mahaney on Humility

July 26, 2011 12:00 AM

This video featuring C.J. Mahaney and James MacDonald was produced by The Gospel Coalition last summer. Given the current accusations against Mahaney and the mess unfolding at Sovereign Grace Ministries, the comments in this video take on new meaning....

C.J. Mahaney, Pride, and SGM-gate

July 22, 2011 12:00 AM

The hurricane of news and accusations swirling around Sovereign Grace Ministries is moving too fast for many of us to keep up with. The story has become so big and complicated that some blogs have actually dubbed it "SGM-gate." Earlier...

The Ambition Engine

October 28, 2010 12:00 AM

When I entered seminary 12 years ago, I was humbled by many of my classmates. While we all suffered through "suicide Greek" (an intense six-week summer course that only a gifted linguist with a penchant for self-flagellation would enjoy), I...

Furtick Uses 24-Hour Sermon to "Pimp" Book

September 27, 2010 12:00 AM

On September 21-22, Steven Furtick preached for 24 hours for an online audience of thousands. The senior pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, focused his hermeneutic marathon on the topic of “audacious faith.” And it’s not a coincidence...

The Dangerous Pursuit of "Cool" (Part 2)

September 9, 2010 12:00 AM

Read part 1 of Brett McCracken's post. Perhaps pastors and church leaders should focus their energies more on understanding and valuing culture for itself instead of always trying to use it to bolster their church's insider credibility, suggests James Harleman,...

Be Careful What You Worship on July 4

July 1, 2010 12:00 AM

I’ve been a part of numerous churches that celebrated American Independence Day with abandon: 80-foot flags hanging from the ceilings, singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and “I’m Proud to Be an American” and even— most disturbing to me as I...

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....

Preaching for the Nod

November 17, 2009 12:00 AM

Every once in a while I find myself preaching for the nod. That’s when we try to hard wire a bit of ego-stroke into a Sunday morning message. We do it a lot, and it’s so easy—insert that small comment,...

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...

Andy Stanley on How Leaders Make Their Mark

October 8, 2009 10:43 AM

Andy Stanley opened Catalyst 09 with an illustration from the Ridley Scott movie, Kingdom of Heaven. In this movie, set in the medieval Crusades, the blacksmith has a phrase inscribed in his shop in Latin: “What man is a man...

Catalyst Day 1: A Lab on Your Heart Condition

October 7, 2009 10:47 AM

Mark Batterson led off the Catalyst lab sessions with a few words from his upcoming book Primal, which led into a reflection on the foundation of ministry. (Kevin Miller was across the room blogging this session as well, and...

Preach Dirty to Me

June 2, 2009 12:00 AM

For a couple of years now, long-time pastor and theologian John MacArthur has been critical of Mark Driscoll's use of crude language in the pulpit. In the end, MacArthur believes Driscoll has crossed a line, and it's time for him...

The Audacity of Rev. Jeremiah Wright

March 17, 2008 12:00 AM

For months presidential hopeful Barack Obama has been trying to dispel rumors that he is a Muslim. The good news for the Illinois Senator is that virtually everyone in the country now knows he's a Christian. The bad news for...

Hero Boycott

November 13, 2007 12:00 AM

Angie Ward, Leadership contributing editor, calls for a boycott on worshiping ministry heros. It isn't the popular Christian leaders that she has a problem with, but the clouds of zealous followers that seem to follow them wherever they go. Below...

Success Covers a Multitude of Sins

June 7, 2007 12:00 AM

This week I am attending the Midwest Regional Spiritual Formation Forum at Elmbrook Church near Milwaukee. The conference theme is "spiritual formation and the mission of the church." Most interpret "mission" to mean a measurable impact in the world. Are...

Pastoral Ambition: Does success chip away at our souls?

October 3, 2006 12:00 AM

In the summer issue of Leadership we told the story of Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California. Over six years Oak Hills jettisoned its consumer-driven methods to focus more on spiritual formation and deeper community. Today, the leaders of the...

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