Jesus on Being Missional 8

To participate with Jesus in the mission he calls his Apostles to, and to make that a template for our day, is to be in tune enough with the Spirit that when difficult times arrive we can expect the Spirit to give us the words to say. [Read more…]

Jesus on Being Missional 7

In this series on Matthew 10, we are looking at the meaning of “missional” in light of what Jesus said to his Apostles when he sent them out as “missioners.” Missional work involves a balancing act of innocence and shrewdness. [Read more…]

Jesus on Being Missional 6

Reputation may not be everything, but it matters to Jesus. His concern was Kingdom reputation when the Apostles got involved directly in missional work, and when they were performing the Kingdom as an extension of his mission. [Read more…]

Jesus on Being Missional 5

Jesus told his missional Apostles not to take money, not to carry a beggar’s bag, and not even to take extra clothing and shoes — and then adds they are not to take a staff (probably a protective device). There have been many interpretations of Jesus’ strong directions to the Apostles on what provisions on [Read More…]

Jesus on Being Missional 4

One of those sayings with a funny name, “The Prohibition of Foreign Missions by Jesus,” comes from Matthew 10:5-6. Jesus here tells his followers to concentrate on the “lost sheep” of the house of Israel and not go off to the ways of the Gentiles or to a city of the Samaritans. Jesus’ mission was [Read More…]

Jesus on Being Missional 3

I’ll be off to class early tomorrow morning, so I’m posting this one tonight. And if I don’t get something off early, Kerry Doyal writes me and tells me I’m sleeping in or something. In this third post on Jesus’ view of “missional” as can be seen in Matthew 9:35-11:1 (the so-called “mission”ary discourse), we [Read More…]

Jesus on Being Missional 2

The Real Shepherd, the Pastor of pastors, Jesus himself, was a compassionate person whose compassion for people drove him to prayer and to action for the people. A missional orientation will only be genuinely missional to the degree that it is prompted by compassion. Some missional operations are doing the right thing for the wrong [Read More…]

Jesus on Being Missional 1

In this series of posts, I will look at what Jesus did and said and says to us today about being missional. “Missional,” if you recall, is a global term for what God is doing in this world and how the follower of Jesus is summoned to participate in that great redemptive work of God. [Read More…]

5 “Ls” in Missional Love

I’ve mentioned this in a previous blog or two, and I’ve had enough conversations with pastors and others who’d like a brief listing of this, that I’ve decided to make a separate post of it so it will be more readily available. I can never remember which post it was on. There are 5 “Ls” [Read More…]

Generous (evangelical) Orthodoxy: Cultural

This series on Generous Orthodoxy, which I think remains an evangelical movement until it can find a genuine fourth way, I have looked at a number of features that may provide a basis for conversation as we look into the shape of the Church in the next generation. I see the series a bit of [Read More…]