The 4 Ds of Missional Engagement

Over at The House Studio blog, Brad Brisco writes, “When we begin to see the church (individually and collectively) as the sent, missionary people of God, we no longer view the church as the jumping off point when thinking about mission. Rather, we look for God’s activity in our local setting as the place to [Read More...]

McLaren: “Christian Mission Begins With Friendship”

From Brian McLaren’s forthcoming book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? (bowing September 11, 2012, from Jericho Books): “‎Christian mission begins with friendship — not utilitarian friendship, the religious version of network marketing — but genuine friendship, friendship that translates love for neighbors in general into knowing, appreciating, liking and [Read More...]

Is Our FLOTUS “Missional”?

Tim King writing over at the progressive Sojourners organization blog, wonders “Is Michelle Obama a ‘Missional’ Christian?” “Last week, the First Lady spoke to the quadrennial General Conference of the African American Methodist Episcopal Church. While the speech was a get-out-the-vote plug, it also shed an interesting light on both her personal faith and the [Read More...]

Scot McKnight’s Definition of Missional Is Similiar (But Different) Than Mine – Because I’m Not Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight (an entirely different person than Steve Knight, the author of this blog) has given us his definition of missional, in the context of an excellent review of Don Everts’ new book Go and Do: Becoming A Missional Christian: “Missional is not a new, fancy, PC, shorn of its weaknesses version of the word [Read More...]

Yes, The Missional Church Needs a Deep Theology

That’s what Dr. Kyle Roberts argued yesterday over at the Cultivare blog (on the Evangelical channel of Patheos) in his post “How Theological Is the ‘Missional Church’?” He writes, “Reading about the origin of the modern movement in the theology of [Karl] Barth — and theological missiologists — makes me wonder how much of the [Read More...]

Practicing for the World to Come [VIDEO]

Dale Lature, from CommuniCast.tv, was at Wild Goose Festival 2012 last week, speaking about Occupy Theology and interviewing people about the Occupy movement. In this interview, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove shares his thoughts: “The things that excite me right now are the little experiments that are happening, where people are forming new kinds of communities. People are [Read More...]

Talkin’ About Re: Vocation

One of the speakers at the recent Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity conference — and one who I’m looking forward to seeing at Wild Goose Festival this coming week — was Dori Baker, who also happens to work for the Fund for Theological Education. Dori has written a fabulous new book called [Read More...]

What Would Love Want to Do Here?

It’s such a great question. It’s a very missional question. That’s the question that Sarah Bessey builds to in her recent blog post “Ringing Doorbells.” Bessey talks about the joys and challenges of doing missional youth ministry with “a few lonely kids” in her neighborhood: “… over the years, as I’ve been committed to missional [Read More...]

Curation Is Missional

Well, at least according to Joanne McNeil, who is quoted as saying, “A good curator is thinking not just about acquisition and selection, but also contextualizing.” So there is, in a sense, a missional aspect to curation (the contextualization piece). What do you think about curation as a missional act? (via exp.lore.com and @BobCarlton) [Read more...]

Missional Monday: Book Winner, Stetzer to ACNA, Thin Places, Godspeed, Faith-Based Youth

Here’s a quick recap of last week’s major highlights from the missional conversation: The winner of last week’s book contest giveaway is … Brian C. from Nebraska! Brian will be receiving a signed copy of Chris Guillebeau’s new book The $100 Startup, but we’re all winners really because so many great missional business stories/ideas were [Read More...]


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