Reviews

len on October 11th, 2014

A few years ago I discovered Ronald Wright. Funny how easy it is to be optimistic while going about daily life in our privileged culture.. and how easy it is to be pessimistic after watching the evening news or reading the Globe and Mail or Time Magazine. In essence, if we look hard at the […]

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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 May 17th, 2013

A few years ago for my D.Min I was reading for a course titled, “Theology and History of Spiritual Formation.” The texts included Sheldrake, A Brief History of Spirituality. I don’t have a large background in spiritual theology. I have a smattering of courses starting in 1980 with the Church Fathers and then finishing in […]

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len on March 7th, 2013

The Missional Church in Perspective – Van Gelder and Zscheile – is the first book that explores the development of the term “missional” by documenting the broad historical and theological contributing factors, and thoroughly exploring the recent literature. Part 1: The History and Development of the Missional Conversation. This section, covered in the first two […]

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len on February 27th, 2013

This is number fourteen in a series of fourteen. In the past fifty years our imagination about what it means to be God’s people has been shaped by imported models and by a variety of traditions, but those traditions themselves have been conditioned by the preachers, leaders, books and churches that have dominated the media, […]

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len on February 10th, 2013

This is eleven in a series of fourteen. In the past fifty years our imagination about what it means to be God’s people has been shaped by imported models and by a variety of traditions, but those traditions themselves have been conditioned by the preachers, leaders, books and churches that have dominated the media. The […]

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len on February 6th, 2013

This is the tenth post in this series of fourteen. In the past fifty years our imagination about what it means to be God’s people has been shaped by imported models and by a variety of traditions, but those traditions themselves have been conditioned by the preachers, leaders, books and churches that have dominated the […]

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len on January 31st, 2013

This is the ninth post in this series of fourteen. In the past fifty years our imagination about what it means to be God’s people has been shaped by imported models and by a variety of traditions — you can name the one you know — but those traditions themselves have been conditioned by the […]

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len on January 27th, 2013

This is the eighth post in this series of fourteen. In the past fifty years our imagination about what it means to be God’s people has been shaped by imported models and by a variety of traditions — you can name the one you know — but those traditions themselves have been conditioned by the […]

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len on January 26th, 2013

A warm review from Scott Boren, author of Missional Small Groups (Baker, 2010) and co-author with Alan Roxburgh of Introducing the Missional Church (Allelon, 2009). “What does it mean to develop a spirituality that is dispersed into the life we lead seven days a week? What does it mean to move beyond the kind of […]

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