A Spirituality of Stability

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The congregation where I serve as minister recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of our building dedication. This occasion was significant for many reason including that for the previous 42 years of this congregation's history, they were a  semi-nomadic people without a permanent home. This anniversary has inspired me to reflect on what it can mean to practice an intentional spirituality of stability — in our spiritual communities, with our families, even at work.Speaking personally, the g … [Read more...]

Highlights from Church Planter’s Academy

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A while back I had the opportunity to attend a Church Planter's Academy, but I haven't had a chance to post the highlights from my notes until now. Whether you are attempting to form a new faith community or enliven an old one, you will likely find some useful tools and practices below:Opening questions: (1) I come from a people who... (2) I come from a place where... (3) I bring with me... … [Read more...]

Highlights from Funding the Missional Church

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I recently had the opportunity to attending a conference on Funding the Missional Church. The following are the highlights from my notes on this event:“What Exactly Is ‘Missional’?”Finding God is already present in everyone you meet “out there,” not just bringing God with you. Hands on, instead of writing a check Loving what God loves Doing what Jesus did, incarnational Connecting with the people around you Getting out there and doing something … [Read more...]

A Remnant Theology of Hope

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8 Then I heard the voice of God saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!" 9 And God said, "Go and say to this people: "Keep listening, but do not comprehend; keep looking, but do not understand.' 10 Make the mind of this people dull, and stop their ears, and shut their eyes, so that they may not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and comprehend with their minds, and turn and be healed." 11 Then I said, "How long, O Lord?" And God said: … [Read more...]

Church Planting at the Intersection of Emergence and Creation Spirituality

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I recently had the chance to catch up in person with a friend who wants to plant a church at the intersection of the Emergent Church Movement and the Creation Spirituality of Matthew Fox, Thomas Berry, and others. In addition to some of the obvious choices, she asked me to recommend some resources that came to mind, and I'm sharing them here for others who may be interested. Possible Congregational StudiesThe Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism by Andrew HarveyDarwin, … [Read more...]


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