len on March 6th, 2017

“The synoptic gospels present the Last Supper as a “new Temple” moment… Like all Passover meals, it was not just a signpost, but a means, through the sharing of food and wine, of partaking in the event about to be accomplished. When Jesus wanted to explain to his followers the meaning of his death, he […]

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len on November 11th, 2016

Leeman, Jonathan. Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016. 403 pp. “What is the local church? What exactly is going on when a seemingly unimpressive group of people gather week by week to worship the risen Christ through prayer, song, preaching, and the ordinances of baptism and […]

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len on July 26th, 2016

I’ve been invited to teach the Missional Leadership course in Auckland this summer. These are some of the books going into preparation.Obviously, we’ll have to define some of the critical components: culture, leadership, missio Dei. But beyond that, the critical factors are formation, discernment and innovation. And this means that identity and imagination are the […]

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len on July 25th, 2016

Inagrace Dietterich writes, “The concept of practices has a specific meaning: socially established cooperative human activities carried in traditions that form people in a way of life. The cultivation of a people who follow the way of Jesus Christ is a lifelong participation in “a community that embodies the language, rituals, and moral practices from […]

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len on January 22nd, 2016

Graham Hill in Global Church (IVP, 2016, 33) quotes Kosuke Koyama, “Contextualization of theology implies two critical movements. First, to articulate Jesus Christ in culturally appropriate, communicatively apt words; and second, to criticize, reform, dethrone, or oppose culture if it is found to be against what the name of Jesus Christ stands for.”(Water Buffalo Theology, […]

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len on January 21st, 2016

In Christian theological frames the church is usually seen as existing in the world at the confluence of three circles: Community, Formation (worship), and Witness (Mission). These actions and postures are all the work of the Spirit in the people of God for the sake of the world. What is interesting to me is that […]

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len on November 20th, 2015

A short article on the story behind Thomas Nelson’s new text. “The book itself is a neat and tidy collection of 51 chapters by 46 contributors, including Rose Dowsett (who was a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group), in the very relevant chapter ‘The Challenge of Evangelical Diversity’. “Dowsett writes: ‘How inclusive, and how […]

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len on November 5th, 2015

Scot writes, “This is about the ontology of Westerners squaring up to the ontology of the church, and church people and leaders squaring up to what we are facing. First, Western culture increasingly believes the fundamental problems of life are systemic and social, and are to be resolved through social progress and most especially through […]

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len on May 21st, 2015

Luke 24:13-32 and the road to Emmaus. Emmanuel Levinas writes that “A relational life is dependent on encounters that are revelatory.” What’s happening along this dusty stretch of road? Who are these disciples and why are they struggling? Why was Jesus hidden to them? Where is he hidden to us? Audio: Listen

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Apostolic leadership The first role given to missional leaders, in their journey towards helping establishing missional congregations is that of “apostle” or “sent one” (Cordier 2014:264). The missional leader is, first and foremost, someone that has been sent by God – that is overwhelmed by the missio Dei – and exemplifies and models the spirituality, […]

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