Missional Order

len on August 14th, 2011

An Argument for a Third Way In 2004 Stuart Murray released “Church After Christendom.” The first chapter is titled, “Church After Christendom: Belonging, Believing, Behaving.” This is really a critical chapter and a critical conversation. We have moved largely from “believing before belonging” to “belonging before believing.” Stuart points out that the distinctions in these […]

Continue reading about centered, bounded, open – or blended?

len on April 27th, 2011

In 2004 Stuart Murray released “Church After Christendom.” The first chapter is titled, “Church After Christendom: Belonging, Believing, Behaving.” This is really a critical chapter and a critical conversation. We have moved largely from “believing before belonging” to “belonging before believing.” People are hungry to belong; reluctant to trust that one way is right in […]

Continue reading about belonging, believing, behaving – a third way

len on October 13th, 2010

The Apprentice Series is a collection authored by James Bryan Smith and published by InterVarsity Press. There are three titles in the series: The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community. This last title was just released. According to IVP, “The series is designed to guide readers […]

Continue reading about The Good and Beautiful Community

len on October 11th, 2010

This weekend I finished the third book in The Apprentice Series by James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful Life. There weren’t a lot of surprises for me in this book, but it was a good read and I think Smith’s careful reflection, and the richness of his own life and experience, come off very […]

Continue reading about corporate spiritual formation

len on September 21st, 2010

If I could choose only a few journals to read every month, I would choose the following: Mennonite Quarterly Review The UTNE Reader something on the Benedictine Way And I suppose that says rather a lot about me! Now that I am nearly finished reading Hannah’s Child, the memoir of Stanley Hauerwas, I feel a […]

Continue reading about liturgical, sacramental, Anabaptist

len on July 18th, 2010

Pat Loughery quotes Margaret Guenther in Holy Listening.: People also come to spiritual direction seeking aid in formulating a rule of life.[…] A good rule goes beyond the narrowly devotional. if we are to be whole people, it must be more than a schedule for our visiting hours with God […] There is a common […]

Continue reading about ordering our lives

len on July 14th, 2010

An Argument for a Third Way In 2004 Stuart Murray released “Church After Christendom.” The first chapter is titled, “Church After Christendom: Belonging, Believing, Behaving.” This is really a critical chapter and a critical conversation. We have moved largely from “believing before belonging” to “belonging before believing.” Stuart points out that the distinctions in these […]

Continue reading about centered, bounded, open – or blended?

len on June 5th, 2010

In The Critical Journey, Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich describe six stages in the life of faith. Stage One: Recognition. “we believe” Stage Two: Discipleship. “we are learning about God” Stage Three: Production. “doing things for God” Stage Four: The Wall. “things aren’t working anymore” Stage Five: the Journey Outward. “living from a new center” […]

Continue reading about stages of faith – rule to rhythm

len on February 16th, 2010

Paul Fromont writes, (unpublished paper) For Rowan Williams Christian spirituality, while centering on a triune God, is also profoundly concerned with us and with what it means to be fully human in community with others. These are important Jesus-shaped themes, which Williams keeps returning to time and time again. How are we to be fully […]

Continue reading about becoming human

len on January 10th, 2010

Pat Loughery quotes Margaret Guenther in Holy Listening.: People also come to spiritual direction seeking aid in formulating a rule of life.[…] A good rule goes beyond the narrowly devotional. if we are to be whole people, it must be more than a schedule for our visiting hours with God […] There is a common […]

Continue reading about ordering our lives