Category Archives: Church/Ecclesiology

The UNkingdom of God : Embracing the Subversive Power of Repentance – Book Review

What really makes a book a good book? For me, like a work of art, a good book is precisely “good” because of its ability to facilitate an encounter with truth and beauty. A good work of art invites us to experience something greater than our current orientation to the world and transforms us on...

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Kingdom Discernment, Discipleship, & Art – Part 2

The photo above is my attempt at expressing how I’ve seen God at work this past week. I think many people feel like they are a crooked broken line in a world of straight lines. While the world shuns brokenness and praises put-togetherness, God is found in the cracks and frailty where we would least...

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What is Discipleship?

A friend and thoughtful blogger, Bill Kinnon, got my mind stirring yesterday with his latest: Discipleship is Conspiracy post. Bill suggests that that there is an intimacy lost in the conventional pedagogy of western discipleship. I agree. The classroom approach does not compare to the down-to-earth discipleship reflected in the gospels. To say discipleship is...

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Life giving conversations….

The last week has offered me the opportunity to have some very life giving conversations with special people. Each one has been a learning experience and a discovery of what God is doing in me lately. I contrast these conversations against the feeling of this image that I made last weekend while on a photo...

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Missional

“But it’s one thing to say that the Church at large is involved in the Missio Dei; it’s another to use the term “Missional” as a kind of advanced concept of Church, or as a thing you have to do to qualify for Church.” Maggie Dawn helps our understanding of this oft misused/misunderstood term. From...

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Standing in the middle of God’s Kingdom coming

Last Friday I had the joy of being with my wife at our church’s annual Christmas production. This was not your typical Christmas production of years past. There was no play…no manger…no shepherds. Instead, it was through songs, readings, and stories that we were able to come in contact with how God was working in our midst....

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Different Types of Ecclesiology

I am still in no place to blog thoughtfully….still nothing meaningful to say. But I will link to other [more] thoughtful bloggers to give you something for stopping by this site. Halden posted a great description of different types of ecclesiology….. “This is intended solely as a descriptive, handout-style breakdown of different sorts of ecclesiology...

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Len on Vanier on community…

When we left the traditional church setting in the fall of 2000, one of our complaints was that community only happened around task. In retrospect, it seems both true and natural. Community is a by product of something else, and when it is an end in itself it tends to implode. It becomes incestuous. Communities...

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If you haven’t read Brant yet…do so now…

…because his last post about Church in the first century is worthy of praise.

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Vision as Incremental…

I have been far too busy to blog lately because life is taking its toll on me from all angles. One thing I have tried to keep up is meeting for lunches downtown with friends who church plant and are involved in the missional conversation. This has been a source of life for me in...

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The Conversion of the Church

My blogging friend and gifted Dream Awakener JR Woodward points us this morning to a couple of quotes from Will Willimon and Hans Kung on what conversion should mean for the church. Willimon: “A church which has no quarrel with Caesar’s definition of peace and justice, a church enabled by its culturally accommodated preachers to...

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Looking Back on 2007

As I reflect back over the last year, there are many things that stick out to me as significant and profound. One such thing is how difficult this past year has been for us as a church. Because of sin issues, things have not at all been circumstantially desirable; however, in the midst of pain,...

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Evangelism or Witness?

David Fitch has written an important post suggesting that the church needs to move from what was classic evangelism in modernity, to a holistic witness for faithful engagement with the world today. “I believe the shift from evangelism to witness is one of the most importantmoves for pastors to make in the new missional context...

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Imagine Conference and Some Assessments…

There is a great opportunity here at the conference to network and connect with people interested in church planting from across canada. The diversity of context in our culture alone is a testimony to the rapidly changing Canadian culture we find ourselves in. At one point, I was in conversation about culture with Mark Chapman,...

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Imagine Conference – Some Bloggers Emerging

After our time with Alan Hirsch for most of the day, we headed back to the Hotel and got settled. People are arriving – up to 700 for the Imagine Conference – and bloggers are beginning to emerge. So far: Scott Cripps is here So is Santosh And some Resonate boys as well Jared and...

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