"Some Believe in only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found.  It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.  Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins?  Perhaps because I am afraid; and he gives me courage."  J.R.R. Tolkian. The Hobit

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Understanding our Missional Vocation as Artistic Expression

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This is part four of a four-part series (click to read part 1, part 2, and part 3) on a question that Dr. George Hunsberger asked in his last lecture at Western Theological Seminary: “What difference does it make when you put the word missional in front of the word...

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Understanding our Missional Focus

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This is part three of a four-part series on a question that Dr. George Hunsberger asked in his last lecture at Western Theological Seminary: “What difference does it make when you put the word missional in front of the word church?”[1] Part 1 is an overview of the...

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Understanding out Missional Identity

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This is the second part (part I is here) of a four part series on the question: “What difference does it make when you put the word missional in front of the word church?”[1] The coming topics will be understanding our missional focus, vocation and missional...

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What Difference Does It Make When You Put the Word Missional in Front of the Word Church?

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In Dr. George Hunsberger’s last lecture at Western Theological Seminary he asked the question, “What difference does it make when you put the word missional in front of the word church?” (1) The question is timely as “missional” seems to be used to...

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Election Response

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A response to last nights election:Christians are political but don’t have a country or a party. ...should make any real Christian note vote for... In the days and weeks leading up to the Presidential election, social media was teeming with rhetoric on how Christians should vote. Above I...

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Church Planting as Political Expression

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The Greek word from which we get the adjective political is polis. A polis is a structured social community and is often translated “city.” To be political is to put forth ways of how a community should be structured, how decisions are made, what tasks need to be...

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Gospel Witness in the Public Sphere

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How do we begin to look and listen for signs of Christ’s presence in the public sphere of our community? Where is God active and how can we join him in that activity?  A place to start is with the vision presented by Isaiah in Chapter 65. The prophet Isaiah gives us a picture of the...

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Imagination,Tradition and the Divine Gift of Abundance

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Ideas are not scarce, they are abundant. Embracing a worldview of abundance propels our organizational creativity.

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Tags: abundance, creativity, mission, tradition

Mission and the Divine Gift of Abundance

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Rejecting a worldview of scarcity and embracing the abundance found in the divine - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - propels us toward mission

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Telling the truth: A public profession of faith

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The open letter to my Son that was presented at his public profession of faith. Faith is not the elimination of doubt.

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Tags: doubt, faith

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