len on January 7th, 2014

Steve Addison. Missional Press, 2009. 142 pages. (Available in Australia from Koorong Books Study Guide available free, and in the new IVP edition (2011) the study guide is included. The Forgotten Ways surveyed church history, systems theory, and the practices of adaptive leadership in the context of recovering a missional ecclesiology and missional practice. Movements […]

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len on October 16th, 2013

Graham Hill quotes Volf in It is Like Yeast: ‘There is no single correct way to relate to a given culture as a whole, or even to its dominant thrust. There are only numerous ways of accepting, transforming, rejecting, or replacing various aspects of a given culture from within. This is what it means for […]

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len on September 18th, 2013

At VIMEO — Brian Mclaren in Adelaide – Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World (Part 1 of 3). Elsewhere, the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. The website.. and the practical efforts .. are divided into four areas: God and Human Flourishing Faith and Globalization Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace Reconciliation Program A Common […]

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len on August 25th, 2013

Kierkegaard described his task as “becoming” a christian rather than “being” one. Becoming a Christian requires intense faith and spiritual discipline. It has little to do with intellectual conviction and even less with outward evidence of moral purity or perfection. Becoming a Christian is not climbing a ladder of spiritual, let alone material, success. It […]

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len on July 29th, 2013

Leanne Simpson: Extraction and assimilation go together. Colonialism and capitalism are based on extracting and assimilating. My land is seen as a resource. My relatives in the plant and animal worlds are seen as resources. My culture and knowledge is a resource. My body is a resource and my children are a resource because they […]

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len on July 27th, 2013

In Finally Comes the Poet, Walter Brueggemann writes, “To address the issue of truth greatly reduced requires us to be poets who speak against the prose world. The terms of that phrase are readily misunderstood. By prose I refer to a world that is organized in simple formulae, so that even pastoral prayers and love […]

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len on July 25th, 2013

“Barth insists that we do not read [the bible] and the subsequent writings that are shaped by it in order to find out how to get God into our lives, get him to participate in our lives. No. We open this book and find that page after page it takes us off guard, surprises us, […]

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len on June 25th, 2013

Ron Martoia was asked in an interview in 2003, “What do you see as the two biggest problems facing leaders in the emerging church?” “The first thing is lack of maps and few cartographers. Our modernist moorings, where being seminar junkies and bookaholics was rewarded with the right answers for our analytical questions, makes ministry […]

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len on June 7th, 2013

This series of articles appeared last year in The Recorder (EMMC). The following is Part 1. “In the last issue I noted that every generation faces new questions and new challenges. But the pace of change in our world is unique in history. Technology, media, urbanization and globalization are unique and powerful forces that impact […]

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len on May 9th, 2013

In Everyday Church they quote Tim Keller’s distinction between a missional community and a mission program. “A ‘missional’ small group is not necessarily one which is doing some kind of specific ‘evangelism’ program (though that is to be commended). Rather, (1) if its members love and talk positively about the city/neighborhood, (2) if they speak […]

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