Len on November 9th, 2005

I think we are making a shift from the day of the ordained to the day of the ordinary. A day when common Christians are empowered to do extraordinary things for God and they are no longer going to wait for their pastors to say, “Go.”? Neil Cole Next-Wave: Church growth practitioners might evaluate “success”? […]

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Len on November 8th, 2005

“While thinkers like Sweet and Webber aim to situate and equip evangelical faith and worship in a postmodern setting, Carl Raschke"s The Next Reformation: Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity (2004) seeks to orient evangelicals to postmodern culture through the lens of philosophy. Raschke carefully details the roots of postmodern philosophy, which he dates to “deconstruction”? […]

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Len on November 8th, 2005

One of the exercises of our retreat at the conclusion of the spiritual formation class was to write a poem that pulled together some of the themes with our personal reflections. It is a difficult task to write a reasonable poem in 90 minutes .. but a worthwhile effort. Here is my attempt.. To submerge […]

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Len on November 7th, 2005

From Baldblogger on EC, part 2. “Jesus historian Scot McKnight echoes Guder and McLaren and describes the global implications of a missional outlook. The missional church “breaks down the barrier between secular and sacred,” writes McKnight, “between the spiritual and the secular, and between the holy and the profane. If the former conceptualization of the […]

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Len on November 7th, 2005

Come gather ’round people wherever you roam And admit that the waters around you have grown, And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone, If your time to you is worth saving, Then you’d better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone, For the times they are a-changing! Come writers and […]

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Len on November 6th, 2005

Aaron Flores has made his MA thesis available online. While this study is limited to the American context, it looks well worth the reading. I’ll post some excerpts over the next week, but meanwhile you can download your own PDF copy by following the link..

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Len on November 6th, 2005

“Why aren’t Christians more like Christ?” This may be the single most poignant question that we hear. Most pastors report that their primary focus is discipleship; yet we find few disciples and many converts; much head knowledge and few apprentices of Jesus. Our models have been primarily information, not formational. What we are doing is […]

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Len on November 5th, 2005

The forum began for some of us Friday evening, gathered at Lorne’s place to get the meeting room in order. We moved the exercise equipment into storage and set out the chairs supplied by Lance. We were a little worried about video equipment. We had to do a quick search for a TV with S-VHS […]

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Len on November 5th, 2005

Next-Wave: So what is the Organic Church? NC: Some people call it simple church, with the planting of the seed of the Kingdom in soil where there is lost-ness, allowing transformed lives to be the momentum for building God"s church. Next-Wave: What are the practical implications of Organic Church planting for Christians who have grown […]

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Len on November 5th, 2005

Now into part five, this is a helpful and scholarly series of reflections on the emerging church. This is from part one… “Postmodernity is all our doubts supersized, but it also is all the raw sinews of faith stretched out like a taut drum. At first glance the prospect appears both repugnant and frightening. Yet […]

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