Why Mark Driscoll’s Resignation Shows We're in a New Era For PastorsThe high-profile resignation points to new realities for leadership.

In light of this week's events, the PARSE editors are lifting our longstanding ban on the discussion of Mark Driscoll to share this piece from William Vanderbloemen. - Paul

This week, amidst mounting pressure, Pastor Mark Driscoll resigned his position as Senior Pastor ...

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Friday Five
D.L. Moody's Influence on Today's WorldAn interview with Kevin Belmonte.
D.L. Moody's Influence on Today's World

Today we spoke with author and historian Kevin Belmonte about his biography on the life of D.L. Moody. Kevin told us about Moody's continuing relevance for today.

1) What will readers discover in your bio that might be different from other D.L. Moody biographies?

My ...

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When a Pastor Resigns AbruptlyThe snare of smugness and fuzzy immorality.
When a Pastor Resigns Abruptly

Yesterday a well-known pastor resigned from a high-profile church. I don’t know enough about that situation to comment on it one way or another. But I find myself—as many of us will today—reflecting on my own life, and on the state of our little evangelical ...

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I'm gonna be a star.
How Cars Created the MegachurchAnd put churchgoers in the driver's seat
How Cars Created the Megachurch

Friends, enjoy this provocative take on the relationships of the parking lot and the pew from PARSE friend Adam Graber. - Paul

Of the 150 or so acres making up Willow Creek Community Church’s main campus, a full 8 acres are devoted to buildings. Parking lots cover more ...

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Church and state
An Open Letter to Houston Mayor Annise ParkerIn response to the city's subpoenaed sermons.
An Open Letter to Houston Mayor Annise Parker
Houston City Hall, from Ed Uthman (euthman), Flickr's creative commons.

Editor’s note: The following letter from Chris Seay, pastor of Ecclesia Houston, responds to an action of the city of Houston subpoenaing sermons given by a group of local pastors who oppose a recently passed ordinance that provides protections to the LGBT community. Houston ...

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Wednesday link list
WLL: Noah's Ark Park Hiring Policy; Engaging the Non-singers; Rob Bell's Surf 'N Seminar Links, our favorite seasonal treat.
WLL: Noah's Ark Park Hiring Policy; Engaging the Non-singers; Rob Bell's Surf 'N Seminar

On Monday I raked leaves and collected links; you could call it my own little feast of ingathering.

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Living long in the land?
Behold Your MotherWhy we need to teach Christians how to care for aging parents.
Behold Your Mother

Our culture's propensity to forget the elderly and weak is particularly disturbing when forsaking is a family matter. Here's PARSE regular Daniel Darling with a much-needed call to encourage compassionate care of parents among Christians. - Paul

“Yeah, well, ...

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