Ekklesia

“A key aspect where missional leadership is concerned, is “the discernment of (the) missional vocation” (Van Kooten & Barrett 2004:139) of the congregation. The church’s function can thus be described as participation in God’s mission to the world and the whole of creation (Cordier 2014:82). It is for this reason that the first and most […]

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len on April 8th, 2015

Evangelicals by and large still separate the world into compartments: sacred and secular, Saturday and Sunday, physical and spiritual. This spiritual and social imaginary impacts the way we read Scripture, the way we do mission, and the way we live in God’s kingdom. Moreover, we tend to be sin-focused and the cross dominates our vision. […]

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len on April 8th, 2015

There are two entries into Jerusalem late in the gospel of Luke. In the first entry, Jesus borrows a donkey and enters as king in fulfilment of the prophecy given by Zechariah. In the second entry, Jesus comes quietly as a lamb and borrows a room to share an intimate Passover meal. Why the contrasting […]

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len on March 23rd, 2015

Scot McKnight proposes three biblical words that lead in different directions –Leitourgia, Ekklesia and Koinonia. I summarize… 1. Leitourgia That is, church is worship service. The Germans calls this Gottesdienst, and many Americans when they say “church” mean “going to a church building on Sunday morning for a worship and sermon service.” The life that […]

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len on March 20th, 2015

But praxis is actually the whole cycle of reflection and study on one hand and engagement and action on the other. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire envisioned praxis as the way to bring significant social change to people. He contrasted praxis with what he called the “banking” approach to education, in which the teacher simply pours […]

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len on November 11th, 2014

Fred Polak (1961) writes of what he calls the “broken future of western culture.” He notes it is the first time we have experienced an “absence of persuasive positive images of the future.” And isn’t that OUR story — the story of the western church? True, we still have hope — we still say that […]

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len on October 7th, 2014

Christianity Today has run a series of interviews with Philip Jenkins, author of the title noted above. Part I Part II Part III From Part III — Ed: Some are estimating that in the next couple of decades, they’ll be more evangelicals in Brazil than in the United States… what will that do in terms […]

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len on September 30th, 2014

” On, then, with a look at the new models of the church currently on the market. Once again, context is everything: in the present collapse of every form we’ve known, the next form or forms of the church will not drop down from heaven or be given to us directly by God. Nor will […]

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len on September 10th, 2014

From PATHEOS “leadership re-imagined” “Three gospels end up shaping leadership theory: the gospel of the left turns leaders into social activists, the gospel of the right into revivalists, and the gospel of churchmanship turns into an institutional manager.” The gospel of churchmanship — or of technique, or pragmatism, or positivism — all fundamental to modernity. […]

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len on June 2nd, 2014

I am using “theological formation” to talk about the purposes of the Christian academy, as opposed to “theological education.” Education in our day implies learning, but often divorced from real life and practice, and often built on models where “objective knowledge” is assumed. Since the goals of theological education are unique, and therefore have a […]

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