Category Archives: emerging church

A Worthwhile Podcast…by Donald Miller

I’d like to point you to a worthwhile podcast that I was originally put on to by Jake Bouma. Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, among other titles, gave a talk at Mars Hill Bible Church. He spoke on the topic of story and the way that God speaks through story and is a...

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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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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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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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Defensive vs Demonstrative

In conversation today with a coworker about faith and things spiritual, we wandered into the realm of fundamentalism and the limitations therein. We discussed notions of control and the compulsion for certainty that leads faith groups toward putting God into a box. Of the many challenges with this type of religion, that masquerades as effective...

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Speedlinking – August 26th

Darryl Dash quotes from the book, Total Church, about the tragedy of leadership as self performance He also has something to say about God and Church vision statements You might have missional tendencies if… [via] Halden has posted a number of quotes by Dominican Priest and theologian Herbert McCabe Technorati Tags: Christianity, Church, ecclesiology, emerging...

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Questions to Guide Theological and Ecclesiological Perspective

I have just begun NT Wright’s book, The Challenge of Jesus, for a paper I am writing. At the end of his first chapter, in which he outlines the importance of studying the historical Jesus, he offers five questions that can guide us toward an appropriate understanding of Jesus to inform our theologies and ecclesiologies....

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The God Next Door Resource

Simon Carey Holt, author of The God Next Door has made a neighbourhood exegesis resource available from a section in his book. It looks intriguing and gets at asking some important questions about neighbourhood for discerning mission. Being able to read our world is a critical task for appropriate incarnational ministry. The questions have a...

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The Loss of Lament: The Devil Pulled a Fast one…

The more I attempt from the inside to get a read on the world we are immersed in (however futile that may be), the more I realize the loss of lament in our culture. It’s darn hard to grieve! When hit with tragedy, we are conditioned to move past the problem via distraction instead of...

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Brueggemann on Jesus’ …”Blessed are those who mourn”

“Jesus takes quite a dialectical two-age view of things. He will not be like one-world liberals who view the present world as the only one, nor will he be like the unworldly who yearn for the future with an unconcern about the present. There is work to be done in the present. There is grief...

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Doing Little Things Well…

Often there are great aspirations and dreams that are tied to ideas about church growth and Kingdom talk. This is in both the church growth movement and the subsequent Missional conversation; one that in many respects is being defined many times over. Although the church growth movement and the emerging Missional Church movement are categorically...

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Synchroblog consolidation…

Here is the complete list (I think) of the “Synchroblog: Things I Learned from the Church” contributions started by Glenn. The whole list is here Technorati Tags: Church, community, Missional, Piety Practice

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10 Tips for Living the Incarnation…[Plus One]

[UPDATE: Brant Hansen initially left a comment this post expressing perhaps what might be one of the most important and prophetic tips/practices for living the incarnation these days in the West. I asked him to elaborate a little and his latest, well written blog post hits the mark. In a world marked by lives rushing...

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