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...]

How Is Fasting for Lent Missional?

Thomas Turner is inviting you to sign up for his email newsletter in exchange for a PDF download of his 2013 Everyday Liturgy Lenten Guide. I did it! It’s a resource worth checking out and having on hand. Also, Chris Smith from the Slow Church blog has a great article [Read more...]

Who Wants to Spend 4 Hours Watching Reggie McNeal Talk About the Missional Church?

I do! And probably a lot more of you out there, as well. Well, we’re in luck, because the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church recently hosted Reggie McNeal for a seminar on his book Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard of the Church. The almost four-hour presentation was recorded on video and is [Read More...]

The Challenge and Promise of Advent

‎From Ted Jennings, author of Transforming Atonement: A Political Theology of the Cross: “What we do is pretend that we have hope and joy and love. What we yearn for is what stands under those names … Advent is a time when we have a chance — if we want to take the chance — [Read More...]

Spend This Thanksgiving With Mary … and Jesus

The following Thanksgiving message is from my dear friend Dennis Teall-Fleming, who is the lead church planter and pastor of our small missional community (affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination) here in Gastonia, NC (just outside of Charlotte) [Read more...]

This World Is Where the Action Is: Rob Bell on Church and Mission

Not many Christian preachers get featured in The New Yorker or have full-length biographies written about them, but Rob Bell is unique. His remarkable contributions have earned him this kind of respect and attention, one which has author James K. Wellman Jr. asking “in what ways [Bell] is a harbinger — a representative of what [Read More...]

My Sermon on What Is the Missional Church?

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of preaching at The Table, a new emerging worship gathering in East Dallas, Texas, and my topic for the morning was, of course, “What Is the Missional Church?” [Read more...]

Does Traditional Church Need to Be Broken for Folks to Find Abundant Life?

Tripp Hudgins launched his new show “Busted Stuff” on Sogo today with a conversation about “abundant life” and the anxiety many (especially those in the mainline) are feeling about denominational decline and the rise of the religiously unaffiliated (“nones”): What do you think about Tripp’s suggestion that the traditional way of doing church may need [Read More...]

Missional Thinkers Weigh in on Politics and the Bible

Earlier this year, Tim Suttle conducted a survey of pastors and theologians by asking them all the same question, “What is the chief political concern of the Bible?” He posted their responses in an article on Huffington Post and on his Paperback Theology blog here at Patheos. Here are just some of the highlights from [Read More...]

11 Practices of Missional Spirituality

Thanks to Scot McKnight for summarizing these 11 practices laid out in the book Missional Spirituality: Embodying God’s Love from the Inside Out by Len Hjalmarson and Roger Helland: Practicing union with Christ: abiding in Christ is what discipleship is all about. Focus on John 15:1-17. Practicing obedience: “the spiritual life is the surrendered life.” [Read More...]


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