All posts from “self-examination”

Accountable for Attention?

August 19, 2013 4:29 PM

A couple years ago I attended the E2 Conference on technology and innovation. As is the nature of most business-tech conferences, there was plenty of Kool-aid for the drinking. Industry experts and leading technology vendors were selling visions of...

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...

Catalyst 2011 Mark Driscoll

October 7, 2011 9:25 AM

Now I know why people enjoy listening to Mark Driscoll. He’s engaging, funny, provocative, pastoral, and so darn interesting. Here are a few of his best one-liners: •"Some people deal with fear by reading books on the rapture and continually...

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...

Out of Context: John Ortberg on Amusing Worship

August 10, 2011 12:00 AM

"To 'muse' means to reflect and ponder; put an 'a' in front of it and you have the absence of reflection. Amusement is a way of boredom-avoidance through external stimulation that fails to exercise our minds. It's mere diversion. It...

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...

Dave Gibbons' Hardcore Lent

March 3, 2011 12:00 AM

Do you dare? Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9th. The purpose of lent is for prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial. It could be a grueling 46 days. People ask me about the options for observing this season of the...

What Drives You?

January 3, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest issue of Catalyst Leadership has been released. This time we are focused on "The Drive." What fuels your ministry? What keeps you going? And what does a godly ambition really look like? As we being a new year,...

Out of Context: Jim Wallis

July 23, 2010 12:00 AM

This excerpt is taken from "Always Personal, Never Private" in the Summer issue of Leadership. "When the status quo benefits you, your theology doesn't normally include changing the status quo. For most white, middle-class Christians, the world is working fine....

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...

John Piper's "Poisonous Cup"

April 7, 2010 12:00 AM

As nearly everyone has now heard, John Piper is taking an 8-month leave of absence from public ministry starting in May. The announcement was made to his congregation during his sermon on March 28. He plans to examine his life...

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...

Twitter Theology

November 9, 2009 8:04 AM

Social media like Facebook and Twitter have received an abundance of critique, not the least of which is that social media users are self-absorbed. But I wonder if we might turn answers on Twitter to the question “What are you...

Mark Batterson on his new book "Primal" and on "Altar Building"

October 7, 2009 10:39 AM

> Skye Jethani, managing editor of Leadership and www.OutOfUr.com, introduced Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. Batterson described his forthcoming book, Primal (Multnomah):...

The Gluttony of Time

January 27, 2009 9:20 AM

A paradox has emerged in this new millennium: people have enhanced quality of life, but at the same time they are adding to their stress levels by taking on more than they have resources to handle. It's as though...

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...

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...

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...

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Clergy holiness codes miss the point

September 20, 2006 12:00 AM

Last week a study was released by economists called "No Booze? You May Lose." Researches found that people who drink alcohol make more money and may have an advantage in social settings. But does the same hold true for pastors?...

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