len on October 2nd, 2015

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 September 5th, 2015

Another great article by S. African scholar Nelus Niemandt — ” The research investigates the role of leadership in the transformation of denominational structures towards a missional ecclesiology, and focuses on the Highveld Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church. It describes the missional journey of the denomination, and interprets the transformation. The theory of ‘complex […]

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Apostolic leadership The first role given to missional leaders, in their journey towards helping establishing missional congregations is that of “apostle” or “sent one” (Cordier 2014:264). The missional leader is, first and foremost, someone that has been sent by God – that is overwhelmed by the missio Dei – and exemplifies and models the spirituality, […]

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“A key aspect where missional leadership is concerned, is “the discernment of (the) missional vocation” (Van Kooten & Barrett 2004:139) of the congregation. The church’s function can thus be described as participation in God’s mission to the world and the whole of creation (Cordier 2014:82). It is for this reason that the first and most […]

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len on April 29th, 2015

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? What do justice and the good news of reconciliation mean for Canada’s indigenous peoples? What role does the church have in […]

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len on April 20th, 2015

“I am the true vine, and my Father — is the Gardener.” What if that little phrase tells us something deeply true – about God, and about God’s purposes? In this sermon I am working on the second part of John chapter 20, the disciples first experience of the risen Lord of creation. John’s theme […]

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len on April 8th, 2015

Evangelicals by and large still separate the world into compartments: sacred and secular, Saturday and Sunday, physical and spiritual. This spiritual and social imaginary impacts the way we read Scripture, the way we do mission, and the way we live in God’s kingdom. Moreover, we tend to be sin-focused and the cross dominates our vision. […]

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len on April 6th, 2015

Not long ago I was talking with a pastor about the upcoming Walking Together conference here. We’ve been working on this one since last fall, and are really looking forward to hosting Terry leblanc, Cheryl Bear, Ray Aldred and others. But inevitably, not everyone sees the issues from the same frame. So some worry, will […]

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len on April 2nd, 2015

John 1 – the Word in creation, this opening account parallels Genesis 1. John 20 – “On the first day of the week” — We are back to creation. And God will make all things new! Yet how many Easter sermons are rooted in a theology of creation? Instead, we separate out redemption into a […]

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len on March 21st, 2015

Bob Lupton does a practical study of Nehemiah in his book Renewing the City, and Nehemiah becomes the poster child for a research methodology. Nehemiah first conducts research into the state of Jerusalem and her walls (2:13,15). Then he builds community (remainder of ch 2), assembles a team around a common vision (ch 3), and […]

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