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Catalyst 2011 Francis Chan

October 6, 2011 5:32 PM

Here's a quick take from Francis Chan's talk. Chan started with 1 Samuel 30, a story from David's life. David and his soldiers had just returned from battle only to find their entire village razed and that the captors had...

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...

Skye Jethani's New Book "WITH"

May 6, 2011 12:00 AM

Just a quick heads up for urbanites. Skye Jethani, senior editor of Leadership Journal and a regular here on Ur, has a new book being released this August- WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God. Thomas Nelson has...

Brothers and Sisters, We Kinda Sorta Are Professionals

July 13, 2010 12:00 AM

If there’s one issue that all pastors must wrestle with, beyond how the Gospel applies to their own lives and ministry, it’s the issue of rest and Sabbath. Wait—scratch that. Those are actually the same issue. There was a time...

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...

Tuesdays with Tozer–Simplicity

April 27, 2010 12:00 AM

I’m struck by the fact that Tozer wrote these words in 1948–more than 60 years ago. Was he ahead of time? Or is the craving for simplicity a constant one? Are there always distractions and busyness–whether you’re living in the...

What Clergy Do Not Need

November 11, 2009 12:00 AM

I do not think clergy need more lectures about self-care. It seems that at every ordination or installation service I attend there is a charge given about clergy self care. One minister stands up and tells another minister that they...

Rob Bell on the Reward of the Tenth Commandment

October 8, 2009 2:28 PM

Rob Bell warned the crowd before he began: “I’ve never talked about some of this publicly but I have a sense that we need to.” So we buckled our seatbelts. He talked about the pastor he met who wanted...

Live from Catalyst: Day 2 Play by Play

October 9, 2008 2:14 PM

by Skye Jethani 6:20pm Groeschel encouraged us all to believe that there is "more in you." And to focus on a simple prayer: "God stretch me." But, he added: "Before God can stretch you, he's got to heal you. Before...

Great is Thy Effectiveness?

August 12, 2008 12:00 AM

Something's wrong. We pastors are the stewards, the spokespeople, the advocates of a message of hope, life, and peace. And yet so few of us seem to be experiencing these qualities in our own lives. Something's wrong. In a world...

The Obstacles of Advent

December 3, 2007 12:00 AM

Last week my wife and I got all of our Christmas shopping done - in one day. This blitzkrieg approach has become a tradition for us. It's like pulling a tooth; better to have the whole thing out at once....

Out of Context: Mindy Caliguire

May 16, 2007 12:00 AM

"With the performance pressures church leaders face today, it's a wonder more are not flaming out. I wish more churches could talk honestly about the ministry systems that perpetuate the problem. What will have to happen before we change? For...

Caring for the Inner Pastor

February 15, 2007 12:00 AM

Dallas Willard has written about the importance of soul care for those of us in ministry. He says, The call of God to minister the gospel is a high honor and a noble challenge. It carries with it unique opportunities...

National Pastors Convention 3: David Anderson Reminds Us “Shift Happens”

February 25, 2006 12:00 AM

Developing a multicultural congregation is something many people have talked about but few have done. David Anderson is one of the few. As founder and pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, a multicultural church in Columbia, Maryland, Anderson knows the challenges...

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