Missional Order

len on December 9th, 2016

When everything that can be shaken is being shaken, we look to traditional authority structures and authority figures to pull us through. Unfortunately, traditional authority is not up to the task. Frequently they are isolated in mini-worlds that have insulated and protected them from change. They have stopped “listening.” In other cases, they defend the […]

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len on August 19th, 2012

When everything that can be shaken is being shaken, we look to traditional authority structures and authority figures to pull us through. Unfortunately, traditional authority is not up to the task. Frequently they are isolated in mini-worlds that have insulated and protected them from change. They have stopped “listening.” In other cases, they defend the […]

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len on April 26th, 2012

On many mornings the music I choose for meditation is Lianna Klassen, The Guest. As I listen to Adoramus Te Christe I realize that this evangelical Anabaptist has stepped toward his roots. I left the Catholic church at 14. I would not have imagined any elements of liturgical practice in my future. Now that I […]

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len on April 14th, 2012

“Not all who wander are lost..” I was reminded of this little phrase from one of the poems Aragorn recites in “The Fellowship of the Ring.” But the context this morning was more interesting to me than the series by Tolkien. Here in this pregnant pause – finished one assignment and wondering about the next […]

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len on April 12th, 2012

An Apostolic Learning Community for Post-Christendom In times of rapid change, the learners inherit the earth, While the learned find themselves well equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer If the fall of Christendom and the shift from modernity to post-modernity are the two primary conditions of our time, together […]

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len on April 4th, 2012

Dave Harder quotes Ben Sternke who asks an important question: “Why do missional ventures fail?” Why do some efforts which look so good on paper, and which make sense in relation to both the Gospel and the cultural context, simply fail miserably? It’s not tough to come up with an answer. We know a lot […]

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len on November 13th, 2011

Making this linkage as above helps generate a pointed question. And as we well know, “questions are fateful; they determine direction.” If culture is a cultivating force, then the assertions follow: 1. we are always being discipled. The only question is what or whom is forming us. 2. we will not effectively maintain a discipleship […]

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len on November 7th, 2011

“God’s dream for radical newness will require discipline. Not discipline connected to punishment or shame, but discipline that roots us in Christ, deepening our connection to God and one another. This rootedness will come from having consistent, ordered ways in which we remain open to Grace, and they will be unique to each one of […]

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len on September 14th, 2011

Any movement should be subject to evaluation, after all. The bottom line perhaps could be two items: * success in mobilizing believers into a life of mission * growth in depth of faith, character, knowledge of God, obedience, and richness in shared life There is always this double rhythm in the life of faith: inward […]

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len on August 30th, 2011

“Missional community” is a nice phrase that hides a rich description of how we are to live as believers together. This little phrase works because it also mirrors the life of God – in God’s very essence he is a loving community on a mission. As redeemed people in His image, we mirror His life […]

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