Missional Monday: Homeschooling Kerfuffle, Brian McLaren Book Tour Continues, CommonChange.com

Here’s a recap of last week’s major highlights from the missional conversation:

  • Tony JonesIs Homeschooling Missional? Or Not? — Last week, Tony Jones stirred up a hornet’s nest with two very provocatively titled blog posts that effectively declared that Christians who choose to homeschool their children are not being “missional” in their communities, because they are opting out of a social institution (public schools) that are an important part of the social contract we share as citizens of these United States. Tony views himself as a centrist, defending the middle ground between leftist “unschoolers” and right-wing “homeschoolers.” His posts generated a number of excellent responses, some of which Tony quotes in his latest post. Two of the best responses I’ve seen have come from Helen Lee and Chris Smith. What do you think? Do you homeschool or unschool? Is it missional?
  • Brian McLaren on NPR — Brian McLaren’s new book Why Did Jesus, Moses, The Buddha, and Mohammed Cross The Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World continues to get good attention, as well it should. Brian is continuing his month-long book tour across the country to promote the book. Don’t miss it!
  • Vote for CommonChange.com — The good folks at Relational Tithe are in the running for a $10,000 grant from Giving of Life to build out the new CommonChange.com website, which is platform for connecting you and your resources with people in your life. I think this online platform is a brilliant idea, and it costs you nothing (unless you also chip in a donation or two!) to register on the Giving of Life site and casting your votes (multiple votes) for the CommonChange.com project. Please sign up today and vote for CommonChange!

Got missional church news that you’d like to see me cover here on the blog? Send it to me via email (stevek AT missionalshift DOT com) or post it in the comments! Thanks for reading.


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