Mission

len on July 27th, 2014

“The fundamental way in which we humans respond to our cultural situation — and ultimately to God, who comes to us clothed in this situation — is by our doing and making — in other words, by our praxis and poesis (Greek for “doing” and “making”). Humans make themselves and forge their identity through their […]

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len on July 22nd, 2014

Who had heard of “missional” church prior to 1998 (the publication by the GOCN)? Now “missional” is everywhere. What really changed? Sometimes we need new language in order to see. The language of “place” recovers a lost imagination, one obscured in the legacy of Modernity where we traded “place” for “space,” the concrete for the […]

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len on July 15th, 2014

In an interview at Comment, Jonathan Bradford describes key values at ICCF: Respect “We believe strongly in our responsibility to respect the Johnson and Hernandez families. God has thought enough of them to create them in His image. He wants good for them. He wants opportunity and hope and flourishing and nurture. He wants shalom. […]

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len on July 11th, 2014

I’ve finished the two introductory volumes I began working on last summer. They are each 85 pages and 12,000 words, with lots of full color images. The first is an introduction to theology of place, and the second, an introduction to missional spirituality. I considered checking with a major publisher before doing the layout work […]

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len on June 24th, 2014

I’ve finished the two introductory volumes I began working on last summer. They are each 85 pages and 12,000 words, with lots of full color images. The first is an introduction to theology of place, and the second, an introduction to missional spirituality. I considered checking with a major publisher before doing the layout work […]

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len on May 26th, 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 May 16th, 2014

30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the […]

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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 May 5th, 2014

John 20 is an incredibly rich chapter for understanding church and mission. I spoke on the first half of the chapter on Easter Sunday, and then this second section this past Sunday. On an intuition I went to the story of Gideon in Judges 6 — working through his story in parallel brought a lot […]

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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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