Who/What Are the “Circuit Riders” of the 21st Century?

By now we should all be familiar with the sobering statistics about the decline of Christianity in the U.S. Less than 50% of the population now identifies as Protestant. The fastest growing religious group is the “unaffiliated,” the so-called religious “nones.” Etc. etc. [Read more...]

Fresh Expressions U.S. Has a New Facebook Page and National Gathering in March 2014

Fresh Expressions U.S. is, quite simply, the U.S. expression of the Fresh Expressions movement, which started in the U.K. and has since expanded. [Read more...]

Missions vs. Missional: What Ed Stetzer Gets Wrong

Ed Stetzer, president of Lifeway Research (an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention), writing in Christianity Today this week, attempts to parse the terms “missions” and “missional.” Here’s what he says: [Read more...]

What Does “Missional” Mean? Answer: A Subtle but Significant Shift

It’s been a while since I attempted to answer the question, “What does it mean to be ‘missional’?” When I launched this blog in May 2012, that was the first question I tried to answer. [Read more...]

Context Is God(‘s)

My friend Kyle Chowning has a humorous blog post today about the importance of context in communication. It immediately reminded me of a quote by marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk from a few years ago: “If content is king, then context is God.” [Read more...]

American Baptists Asking Missional Questions and Seeking New Vocabulary

Back in June, the American Baptist denomination hosted it’s biennial Mission Summit in Overland Park/Kansas City, KS. Justin Thornbugh, an ABC-USA pastor in Indianapolis, IN, said this about the Summit (quoted from Facebook with permission) [Read more...]

Maybe Methodists Are Not So Missional After All

I’ve written before about some exciting missional things happening in the United Methodist Church. Wes Magruder, who is a part of one of those “fresh expressions” in Methodist circles, the Missional Wisdom Foundation, recently wrote this about his denomination: “Whatever we United Methodists are, we are not yet truly missional. Everything that happened at Annual [Read More...]

Is This The Link Between Mission and Liturgy/Worship?

From Catholic missiologist John C. Sivalon in his book God’s Mission and Postmodern Culture: [Read more...]

Who ISN’T Missional?

Tony Jones has a great reflection on his blog today about labels such as “neo-Reformed,” “Emergent,” and “missional.” [Read more...]

A New Metric for Missional Engagement: Love

Jonathan Larson penned the musical Rent in 1994. One of the play’s theme songs is “Seasons of Love.” Of course, it’s Valentine’s Day today, so someone posted this video, and I was struck by the message of this song all over again [Read more...]


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