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len on April 15th, 2017

I Cast from sleep on the edge of a March dawn (Brain as empty as a beach The arch above our bed dark as the firmament) We lie and listen to the birds Seeking in the garden outside the glass: “Light, Light, who let there be light ?” “We are glad for the light and […]

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len on March 15th, 2017

“Tell of it, you who ride on tawny asses, you who sit on rich carpets, and you who walk by the way. “To the sound of musicians at the watering places, there they repeat the triumphs of Yahweh, the triumphs of his peasantry in Israel.” – Judges 5:10-11 Walter Brueggemann comments on the verses above: […]

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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 March 15th, 2016

Back in 2009 Roger Helland I began talking about the integration of mission and spirituality: that these were never meant to be two parallel tracks, but a rhythm of life in discipleship. That book came out through IVP is around 240 pages, and is aimed at college and seminary students and others doing serious theological […]

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len on February 20th, 2016

Christians have always had a good word for human flourishing: shalom. It’s a word that comes out of an old story, and so its meaning is carefully scripted. We can tell others what it means because of what God has been doing and what he has promised to do. Memory is an important piece here. […]

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len on January 28th, 2016

Integral mission or holistic transformation is the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel. It is not simply that evangelism and social involvement are to be done alongside each other. Rather, in integral mission our proclamation has social consequences as we call people to love and repentance in all areas of life. And our social involvement […]

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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

After an extensive biblical discussion, particularly anchored in the book of Luke, Gary Tyra argues that that which is implicit in so many volumes on contextualization and missional engagement must be made explicit. “The Holy Spirit will speak to us through our imaginative dialogue with the biblical text and the cultural context. In other words, […]

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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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