Category Archives: Missional Formation

Competition and the Kingdom of God

I'm beginning to think that there is little room for competition in the kingdom of God. If the kingdom is a realm of non violence where all people can flourish, then it should be free from competition. For in competition there is a winner and a loser. There is exertion over the other and this...

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The Kingdom and Interruption

I think it's fair to say that in our culture of hurry, technology, and multi-sensory stimulation on a constant basis, we glide through life locked in our own world of concern and agenda. We wear our headphones, while texting on our cell phones. We spend copious amounts of time tending to our carefully crafted identities...

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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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God’s Mission: Who, Where, How?

If missional church is all about relying on God's agency to lead the church in discovery of Who he is and Where he is working, then what about the How? Well it turns out that putting the How before the Who and Where when it comes to mission is placing the cart before the horse....

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Kingdom Discernment and Art

I think there is much that needs to be explored about the place of art in kingdom discernment and mission. If we maintain the theological conviction that the church exists for the world, then it makes sense that the church is led by the Spirit into Civic discourse as partners on the journey. This is...

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A letter to my children….don’t stare at the ads!

There are many things I want to teach you about life. Although I am hardly the expert, some understanding has grabbed me through my experiences that I long to impart to you for your benefit. Today you are still young, but tomorrow, I hope you will see things with clarity and a keen mind nurtured...

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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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Voice of the Day – Bonhoeffer on humility…

“Those who would learn to serve must first learn to think little of themselves…Only those who live by the forgiveness of their sin in Jesus Christ will think little of themselves in the right way. They will know that their own wisdom completely came to an end when Christ forgave them.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer It makes...

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Ecological Crisis and the Missional Church

There has been increased discussion these days about the importance of the environment and the challenges presented by Global Warming. In fact, polititians are even finding these issues unavoidable as they construct their election campaigns. Talk shows are covering the issue and newspapers are reporting it. This is evidence that the crisis has made its...

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Meditations on the Incarnation

This past Christmas season afforded me the opportunity to take a blogging break to reflect on the incarnation in my life. The incarnation is a theme/reality that reverberates through my life often and I find myself fascinated by the mystery found therein. What does it mean for God to come near? What does it mean...

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To Receive and to Give Mercy

To receive mercy is to receive the Lord Jesus. To receive the Lord Jesus is to be merciful in return. In doing so we become the vessel of mercy for the living God to reach further into this world in order to redeem it. Receiving and giving mercy leads us by the Spirit to reciprocate...

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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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More on Identity…three things

Many have suggested that an identity crisis plagues the church today. As we find ourselves in captivity to an empire of global capitalism that demands our allegiance and affection, the question of identity and discipleship glare us in the face. Why is it that here in the West we have such culturally conditioned Christians that...

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