Is God to Blame for the “Nones” Leaving Our Churches?

Brian McLaren thinks that may be the case. In this provocative new video update, McLaren asks (as only he can) whether the Holy Spirit may be moving in the hearts and lives of the religiously “unaffiliated” (the so-called “nones”) and moving them out of our churches [Read more...]

Watch the Missional Church Consultation Live Online

This weekend, Luther Seminary in St. Paul is hosting its eighth annual consultation on the missional church. The theme of this year’s consultation is “On the Road to Emmaus: Missional Church and Global Media Cultures,” and features plenaries and workshops exploring the question, “How are media reshaping our relationships, our world and our commitments to [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...]

9/11 and the Emerging Missional Church

In this exclusive interview, my dear friend Rev. Dr. Fred Burnham shares his personal experiences on September 11, 2001, as he faced certain death with Archbishop Rowan Williams, who was his guest at Trinity Wall Street on that fateful day. It created a “circle of love” between the two men (and their other companions) that [Read More...]

Create Missional Communities, Not Disciples

I haven’t posted a tech startup analogy for missional community formation recently, so here’s one. Here’s a big one. And to be perfectly clear: I’m intentionally trying to be provocative here, so hold on! Author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (The Earth Is Flat) recently spoke to the Stanford University Graduate School of [Read More...]

Is Rob Bell Really Cynical About the Local Church?

Last week, Rob Bell did a special book event at The Viper Room in Los Angeles, which was livestreamed online to 1,500+ viewers around the world. Bell’s publisher HarperOne put on the event to promote its re-release of Bell’s earlier books with new matching cover designs, as well as to announce that Bell’s next book [Read More...]

Public Service Announcement: JR Woodward’s New Book “Creating a Missional Culture” Is Out!

One of the most anticipated new books of 2012 (by me, anyway) is now available: Creating a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the Word by JR Woodward. You can read a synopsis of the book online. JR is co-founder of Kairos Los Angeles, and he has one of the coolest job [Read More...]

A Kickstarter Project Alan Hirsch and I Can Both Get Behind [VIDEO]

It’s called Theophony: The Mighty Interactive Theremin, and it’s being organized by Phil Wyman and his merry band of mischief-makers who will be returning to Burning Man again this year to build this new art installation. If you were at Wild Goose Festival, you’ll recognize Phil as the guy who led the processional to the [Read More...]

What Does a Missional Toilet Paper Business Look Like? Who Gives A Crap [VIDEO]

That’s actually the name of the company: Who Gives A Crap. And they’re planning to give 50% of their profits to WaterAid for sanitation projects around the world. But priority number one is to raise $50,000 to order their first bulk shipment of the white stuff. They’re already halfway to their goal. Good thing too, [Read More...]


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