Monthly Archives: September 2007

One Year Blogging…

As I approach the anniversary of my first year of blogging, I took some time to reflect on the experience and how it has shaped me. Blogging has been a tremendous source of life for me. In addition to helping me improve my writing skills, blogging has expanded my insight into the greater missional/emerging church...

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The Dream that Captured Me…

When I was younger, much younger, I had a dream. It was a powerful dream that has been with me vividly for years. It began against the backdrop of my upbringing, when my family had little in terms of status or fare. We are an immigrant family. Immigrating from Europe can prove challenging for a...

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Go and Plant Churches of All Peoples

Below i a good Christianity Today Article that talks about the trends of church planting in the West. Many large denominations such as the SBC in the US are moving away from traditional ‘crusade’ evangelism to planting new churches. “Fifty years ago, if you said evangelism in a word-association game, you would probably get back...

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Voice of the day

“Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what’s going on here.” – Annie DillardPilgrim at Tinker Creek

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Speedlinking – Sept 27th

It’s been a busy week church wise and work wise (quarter end), so I haven’t had much time to write anything. TO keep the posting somewhat consistent, here are some good links to keep you informed… Bill points to a brilliant quote about the love of the Trinity Facebook in trouble over security? An article...

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Voice of the Day

“Repent and believe in the gospel, Jesus says. Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is gooder than we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad...

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Speedlinking September 24th

Halden has started a series on NT Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God This award is my god now…go figure Wess…keep the valuable resource posts coming (this one’s on seminary) Alan Knox has a great 7 part series about Elders (scroll to the bottom of the conclusion for all the links) Recent thoughts on...

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Pastoral Social Structures that form Moral Failure

I am enjoying my way through David Fitch’s insightful book, The Great Giveaway. In it he devotes a chapter to leadership that does well to deconstruct unhealthy evangelical leadership structures. He works the issue of why moral failure in the pastorate is so prevalent and attributes the challenge to the very social structures by which...

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A Covenant Evening…

Tonight we kicked off our 07/08 mission groups. Since we found out who we will be sharing life with, we have been eager for this night so we could dive into a rhythm of life together again. The structure of our groups are predominantly geographic and are centered around mission. This year we are approaching...

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This Post is for YOU…my readers

I have been at this blogging thing for almost one year now. As I reflect back, I realize that I have in now way established blogging success, but feel I have contributed to a conversation about the church and mission in ways that have been helpful to my growth, and I pray yours. So this...

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The Church Moves into the Neighbourhood – Part 3

As I look toward tomorrow, I see it a very busy day and so I will post part three of my series on incarnation today. Part 1 and Part 2 dealt with two things I think are necessary for the church to embody appropriate witness in a community; Perceptive eyes for which to read culture,...

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The Church Moves into the Neighbourhood – Part 2

Here is Part 2 of a three part series on incarnation. In Part 1 I shared a reflection about the importance of having eyes to see the theological and philosophical constructs of our culture. In Part 2 I talk about Brueggemann’s work, Prophetic Imagination, and how a second element for incarnational witness is the embrace...

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The Church Moves into the Neighbourhood – Part 1

The following is part one of a three part series of posts on the incarnation. It is a small paper I completed for a class in Spiritual Formation. I welcome your questions and feedback on these thoughts. As the total paper is a short 7.5 pages, it was difficult to formulate detailed arguments. As such,...

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If…

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you But make allowance for their doubting too, If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being...

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Nouwen – Remaining Faithful

“Many people live with the unconscious or conscious expectation that eventually things will get better; wars, hunger, poverty, oppression, and exploitation will vanish; and all people will live in harmony. Their lives and work are motivated by that expectation. When this does not happen in their lifetimes, they are often disillusioned and experience themselves as...

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