len on April 9th, 2014

I’ve never spoken from this passage with reference to mission – but wouldn’t it be a good one? Two weeks ago I spoke on the bread of life – John 6 – and I made the connections to the exodus. But it didn’t hit me till later that I missed such a great missional application. […]

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len on April 8th, 2014

“With all the attention paid to issues of church and mission in recent years, surprisingly little has been written to reframe the biblical themes of creation and human identity in light of the missio Dei. Hjalmarson addresses this lacunae by pursuing an ambitious missiological agenda, arguing that even though God’s mission draws his people into […]

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len on March 28th, 2014

I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple…..Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ Isa. 6:1,8 Beauty has a way of transforming us. […]

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len on March 21st, 2014

“Worship is not a doorway out of the world, a path deeper into self, or an abstract communion with God, but a way into the world through an alternative vision and way of life. Participation in the Lord’s Supper teaches Christians how to remember, how to eat, and how to live. The bread when lifted […]

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len on March 17th, 2014

“I say we have a church in North America that is more secular than the culture. “Just when the church adopted a business model, the culture went looking for God. Just when the church embraced strategic planning (linear and Newtonian), the universe shifted to preparedness (loopy and quantum). Just when the church began building recreation […]

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len on February 16th, 2014

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len on February 1st, 2014

We all carry around mental models of leadership. Those models — or mental maps — are often transparent to us. One of the great values of education, experience and reflection is to make our assumptions visible. Until we take that step and move closer to something like a hermeneutic of suspicion, we are merely colonized […]

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len on January 29th, 2014

Walter Brueggemann remarks that what we see in our western culture is a religion of immanence, always a feature of a civil and static religion. The other two features are the economics of affluence and the politics of oppression. He finds these features in the transition of Israel from a theocracy to a monarchy, and […]

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len on January 25th, 2014

“Generals lose new wars because they are still fighting old battles.” From an interview on CBC Radio “When the Americans entered WWI, the British and French Allies had been bogged down in a demoralizing and costly trench warfare for nearly three years. Millions had died in meaningless attacks to take a few hundred yards of […]

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