Mission

len on November 7th, 2014

An excerpt from “Churches, Cultures and Leadership” by Branson and Martinez (2011) “Praxis is actually the whole cycle of reflection and study on one hand, and engagement and action on the other. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire envisions praxis as the way to bring significant social change to people. He contrasted practice with what he called […]

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len on October 29th, 2014

At a time when the word itself has become disputed, we are still trying to take stock. Where are the world’s evangelicals? Where did they come from and what do they believe? This new title from IVP (312 pp) looks like a careful survey of the global landscape. The blurb from the IVP website reads […]

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len on October 25th, 2014

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 around 240 pages, and is aimed at college and seminary students and others doing serious theological reflection. It left […]

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len on October 8th, 2014

“As Christians, and as the church of Jesus Christ, we are called by our Lord to be “in” the world, but “not of” the world. “No longer” who we were before we came to Christ, we are “not yet” what we will be when Christ returns. This bracing call to tension in both time and […]

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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 August 13th, 2014

The recovery of place has significance for more than the arts; it has rich missional significance. In fact, the recovery of missio Dei is directly related to a recovery of place. Without this way of seeing, the Incarnation becomes a doctrine that we embrace with our minds while refusing to know it in practice. Charles […]

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len on August 4th, 2014

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 around 240 pages, and is aimed at college and seminary students and others doing serious theological reflection. It left […]

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len on July 31st, 2014

In times of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves well equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer “Every few hundred years in Western history, there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself—its worldview; its basic values; its […]

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len on July 30th, 2014

Craig Bartholomew writes, “A phenomenology of place is attractive in its receptivity to the richness of creation as it presents itself to the mind, but the problem of abstraction as the key to true knowledge continues to overshadow such an approach. Indeed the great lesson from this history of the philosophy of place in the […]

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len on July 29th, 2014

“The church growth movement’s captivity to Western, white culture yields an expression of underlying racism. Under the guise of doing what is best for evangelistic efforts, racial segregation could be justified for the sake of church growth. Couched as a church growth principle, the homogenous unit principle yields a segregation that furthers racial conflict and […]

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