Monthly Archives: June 2007

Random links of interest…

All right, this is how academics make other academics laugh. Ben and Kim confess…you may miss half of what they are talking about (like I did), but what I caught made me laugh. 10 propositions on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I am inspired by this man On the Rooftops: Theological proclamations A brilliant article from Out of...

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Listening into Action…

These days much thought has been given to the important role of listening within the church. In large part, the popularity of Spiritual Formation has something to do with this. There seems to be a peaked interest in rediscovering the ancient rhythms of solitude, silence, and prayer. This is understandable considering we live in a...

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A motley bunch of followers [Updated]…

Tonight our leadership team gathered for a BBQ to celebrate the year. Nothing formal, just being friends all sharing in the joy and struggle of leadership together. We gathered in the evening and joined our voices in worship. As we were singing, I couldn’t help but stop and look around the room where twenty-something leaders...

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What’s in a name?

It’s interesting how in our changing world, the way we name our kids changes too…especially in the new social media age.

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The day the Lord spoke…

Today sure feels like one of those. I was impacted by numerous things in my daily tasks. This post will take the shape of a bit f reflection, some blog links, a picture and some quotes, as those are all the things that have stirred something in my heart today. I am not sure whether...

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busy writing…

I have been busy the last couple of days formulating a proposal for a Spiritual Formation engagement in our congregation. This has kept me from posting as much as I like. The engagement I am working on is a practice in discernment through the prayer of Examen to help our mission groups walk in closer...

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A Learning Experience…

Andrew, a friend of mine at work, is moving to Ontario on Thursday and gave me permission to blog about our conversation today. Over the last two years,we have built a relationship based on trust and mutual respect. He is not a believer, but we have had the privilege of spiritual conversation at times. We...

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Words That Create Community

"The word is always a word for others. Words need to be heard. When we give words to what we are living, these words need to be received and responded to. A speaker needs a listener. A writer needs a reader. When the flesh – the lived human experience – becomes word, community can develop....

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Bishop Larry Newineskin on conversion….

I sent Bishop Larry Newineskin an email the other day because I was struggling with the notion of discipleship and conversion in the West. So, I asked the Bishop to share his thoughts with me about conversion. JS: Bishop, in light of the challenges of conversion and discipleship in the West, tell me, what are...

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A few links worth reading

John Stackhouse reflects about whether the question of “Creation vs. Evolution” is in fact a sensible one to ask. There was a fire at the Simple Way, home of Shane Claiborne. Click here to donate. [HT to almost every blog I read] Brant is weak….well, at least he tried. What’s your theological world view? a...

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My daughter and Bonhoeffer…

I rented the Bonhoeffer documentary yesterday and before dinner my daughter sat on my lap while I clicked play to watch the rest of it. I tried to tell her about Bonhoeffer, that he loved Jesus, was a man of conviction, and that he stood up for righteousness in a time when evil was running...

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Thoughts about the “Alter Call”

Recently I was listening to a talk on my ipod given by Jim Wallace at Seattle Pacific University about Poverty in the Bible. Of the many things he addressed, he brought up American Evangelicalism and its roots in great revivalism. He talked about the “Alter Call” and how in American Christian culture it has come...

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A scholar and a gentleman…(some humor)

I had the privilege of meeting renowned scholar and church theologian, Bishop Larry Newineskin, while on vacation a few years back. His contributions to theology leave many scratching and shaking their heads as his insight is both daftly astute and prophetic. His candor about all streams of theological thought have made his quotes memorable. He...

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A full day…work and Allelon and missional engagement

I spent the first half of the day at work eagerly waiting for the 11th hour so I could jaunt over to Carey College to sit in at the Allelon Summer Institute. I was eager to hear Alan Roxburgh, Cam Roxburgh, and Alan Hirsch talk about things missional. I was equally eager to meet up...

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Boundary Crossing and Missional Transformation

My friend Scott Hagley is working on his PHD at Luther Seminary and has written a couple of articles for the June 2007 issue of the Church Innovations newsletter. The first one is Boundary Crossing and Missional Transformation. He is both a gifted writer and sharp mind of things theological. I have the privilege of...

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