Reviews

len on November 8th, 2012

Does Hell exist? Who goes there? My wife and I and a group from our church saw the movie last night. I won’t take time to write a lengthy review, but will summarize my sense of the piece. As a documentary, I thought it well executed. The intensity builds quickly, through the interviews with those […]

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len on October 30th, 2012

Back in September Jamie Arpin-Ricci asked me some questions about my book. Here is that interview again: JAR: I recently asked another author of a book on missional this question – When the Christian book market seems to be flooded with books on what it means to be “missional”, why did you think your book […]

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len on October 5th, 2012

In January of 2009 a group of pastors gathered to think and dream about what it would look like for the churches in their area to come together to serve the community. They asked the mayor to join them and talk about his dream for the city. They also asked him to talk about hindrances […]

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len on October 3rd, 2012

There is much to like in JR Woodward’s “Creating a Missional Culture.” Where it hits it hits hard. Like most books that attempt as much as JR does, it also has gaps and weaknesses. In fact, that may be my biggest criticism of the book by the time this review is finished: in trying to […]

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len on September 10th, 2012

Leighton Tebay blogs his reflections on this movie. Like Leighton, I found the movie troubling. I had a difficult time putting my finger on it. I think I would have described it as somewhat simplistic in its approach to life and life’s challenges. Unlike Leighton, I have less trouble with stating commitments that are a […]

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len on August 30th, 2012

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. In chapter 3 (MCiP), taking a cue from Ed Stetzer, the authors chart the recent literature as […]

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len on August 23rd, 2012

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. In fact, it ventures even more widely than this, in exploring also the conversation in the online […]

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len on June 20th, 2012

Dune, the novel, was written by Frank Herbert and first published in 1965. I read it around 1971-72 and thought it was stunning – as good as anything by Arthur C. Clarke, better than most of the material by Isaac Asimov, as good or better than Ray Bradbury’s work. Back in those days well known […]

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len on June 7th, 2012

Tim Catchim gives a nod to Mike Breens latest, “Multiplying Missional Leaders.” The following is from the foreword by Jon Tyson: “This is a pivotal moment for the Western church. Every denomination is in major decline; churches close their doors each week; and, despite all our talk about missional living, many churches flounder and don’t […]

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len on May 11th, 2012

Journey to the Heart: Christian Contemplation Through the Centuries. “This new book describes the community of Christian contemplatives that stretched from Jesus, John, and Paul through our times. Each chapter fits its subject into the context of this tradition and explains how it contributes to the growth and development of the tradition. “Included here are […]

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