TransFORM Southwest Is Happening April 5-6 in Fort Worth, Texas

I’m grateful to Brian McLaren for putting out the invitation on his blog yesterday to TransFORM Southwest: Have you ever thought about starting a new faith community? Or … linking up with others who are doing innovative things in local congregations? You should know about the TransFORM Network. TransFORM Southwest will gather April 5-6 in [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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: Is 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 [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...]

Missional Monday: Wild Goose West Recap, New Brian McLaren Book Bows, Parish Collective Rocks

Here’s a recap of last week’s major highlights from the missional conversation: Wild Goose Festival West Coast 2012 — The first-ever Wild Goose Festival on the West Coast took place over Labor Day weekend, and I was honored to be able to participate as part of the volunteer team. The Corvallis Gazette-Times had a nice [Read More...]

How to Be a Missional Christian During Ramadan

Our Muslim neighbors and friends have just entered into the month of Ramadan, where they will be fasting (refraining from eating and drinking) from dawn until sunset and spending even more time in prayer. The Southern Baptists have issued their prayer guide, and the folks at 30 Days of Prayer have published their prayer guide [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...]

What If We Let the Children Lead Us?

David Csinos and Brian McLaren recently collaborated on the landmark Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity conference in Washington, D.C. I wasn’t able to attend, but the conference was well attended and well documented by those who did. On the heels of that event, Csinos and McLaren have just published “Breaking the Bubble [Read More...]


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