len on March 2nd, 2016

A couple of years ago I discovered the work of Roger Olsen, and have since enjoyed many of his posts, and one of his books. Roger is an Arminian, a theology professor, and a very thoughtful student of the bible. He blogs HERE. More recently, another bible student has been thinking about relational approaches to […]

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len on March 1st, 2016

Depending who you read, there are around 7 unique views of providence. All these postulate certain biblical criteria that have to be met — in other words they are built around other key issues like God’s foreknowledge, human freedom and Christology, etc. The two broad camps are Calvinist and Arminian, with the open theist conversation […]

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len on January 22nd, 2016

Graham Hill in Global Church (IVP, 2016, 33) quotes Kosuke Koyama, “Contextualization of theology implies two critical movements. First, to articulate Jesus Christ in culturally appropriate, communicatively apt words; and second, to criticize, reform, dethrone, or oppose culture if it is found to be against what the name of Jesus Christ stands for.”(Water Buffalo Theology, […]

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len on October 2nd, 2015

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 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 18th, 2015

Brian Harris, at Vose Theological Seminary, names 15 passages that must build any Christian worldview. 1. Genesis 1:1 An opening: We are not alone 2. Genesis 1:26-28 An identity: We are made in the image of God 3. Genesis 2:19, 20 A task: To build a world with a better name 4. Genesis 12:3 A […]

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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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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 8th, 2015

There are two entries into Jerusalem late in the gospel of Luke. In the first entry, Jesus borrows a donkey and enters as king in fulfilment of the prophecy given by Zechariah. In the second entry, Jesus comes quietly as a lamb and borrows a room to share an intimate Passover meal. Why the contrasting […]

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