len on December 9th, 2016

When everything that can be shaken is being shaken, we look to traditional authority structures and authority figures to pull us through. Unfortunately, traditional authority is not up to the task. Frequently they are isolated in mini-worlds that have insulated and protected them from change. They have stopped “listening.” In other cases, they defend the […]

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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 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 May 12th, 2014

Jason Clark argues that inviting people to church might be the most sensible form of evangelism in post-Christian, post-colonial culture. Hmm. If the church is a pilgrim people, a political reality, and if the experience of community as a sign and foretaste of the kingdom is at the heart of it all, then he is […]

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len on April 13th, 2014

“We have known that dialogue and communication are important tools for improvement. Werner takes it to a whole new realm by asserting that all transformation is linguistic.” Peter Block I’m thinking about Roxburgh’s argument that “language worlds” both enable us – and limit us – from moving into the future kingdom. Peter Block in his […]

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len on February 16th, 2014

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len on January 16th, 2014

Paul Fromont references a Podcast with Peter Block, author of Community: The Structure of Belonging. This book that is the focus of a Sounds True conversation between Tami Simon and Peter Block. “…How do we create organizations that work for everyone? What’s the true role of the person called “the boss?” How is the concept […]

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len on November 2nd, 2013

“I’ll never forget the first time Paul Sparks gave me a tour of Zoe Livable Church. He showed me community gardens, coffee shops, a bakery, a holistic health center, nonprofit offices, an intentional community, murals galore, and an expansive library. He told me about Zoe members organizing farmer’s markets, block parties, and yarn-bombings. I was […]

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len on September 22nd, 2013

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len on September 9th, 2013

Democracy is the tyranny of the many over the few. Hierarchy is the tyranny of the few over the many. Source unknown. “There is nothing that distinguishes a church meeting run by Robert’s Rules as one grounded in spiritual practices. The emphasis is on the individual. There are clear winners and losers. The process is […]

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