Cigar Smoke & Conversation: Inclusion or Integrity?

This will be the first in, I'm sure, a plethora of posts about the inaugural Missio Alliance Gathering in D.C. that came to a close yesterday.It was simply an epic time. One of the many highlights occurred Thursday evening as a group of us got together at a local cigar lounge in old town Alexandria, Va. We all ended up staying past midnight - it was just that good. And toward the end I found myself in a conversation (listening, mostly) with Jared Byas, A.J. Swoboda, and Geoff Holsclaw, in … [Read more...]

Bringing Unsexy Missional Back

Next week, the long-awaited (for folks like me, at least) and much-Internet-heralded #futuregospel event will be happening in Washington, D.C. That is, the first-ever Missio Alliance National Gathering.And if I have one hope for this conference, this meeting of some wonderful and diverse minds, it is this: I hope we can bring unsexy missional back. Now, I'm not saying that Mike Friesen shouldn't dance like Timberlake in front of a lot of people, because he totally should you guys. And I'm … [Read more...]

Evangelicals Discerning an Issue

In my last post about "Boundaries" I mentioned that our church plant had once discerned the issue in question - the issue Rob Bell made a clear pronouncement on last week - the issue of gay rights/gay marriage. And we discerned it from a self-consciously evangelical perspective. I want to share what we came out with, in the hopes that it may be of help to you in your context.Note that this post is also an attempt at demonstrating the real point of my last post: that local, contextual, … [Read more...]

Fathers Be Good to Your Daughters (i.e., don’t sell them)

We all know John Mayer is like the biggest hypocrite of all time for writing this song, but it's still totally wonderful:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZLbUIa7exEAnd it's especially wonderful to me because I'm the father of two daughters, Gemma and Pippa - 3YO and 1YO, respectively. And my primary goal in life is to be good to those girls. And I have a throbbing ache in my heart for fear of not being good enough to them.For this very same reason, Exodus 21 is decidedly not wonderful … [Read more...]

SGM and the Counseling Cliff

By now, most church folk (and lots of others) have heard about the trouble facing CJ Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries in regard to allegations that child sex abuse in the network of churches was covered up by pastors who allegedly counseled family members to avoid reporting to the police and forgive the abusers. And now, they are resisting the lawsuit and investigation by citing the First Amendment.Great.Rather than a journalistic dig into the history of SGM, CJ, or whatever, or a … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Emergents, & the Gender/Power Issue, Pt. 2

In the first post, I promised two suggestions and two questions, and I'll get to those straight away. But first, who invited Don? There is no better pop-culture commentary on issues of gender and power than the popular AMC show Mad Men. In fact, it's the undercurrent that makes the storyline so compelling. There is the thin, always well-dressed and attractive veneer of "traditional" relationships between men and women, women taking the decidedly subservient role to the working (m)ad men. They … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Emergents, & the Gender/Power Issue, Pt. 1

[Part 2 here.]Earlier this week, I tweeted this:I was surprised by the response, mostly affirming that this may in fact be the case. I admit that it was kind of a shot in the dark. I also admit that this is not a particular area of academic expertise or extensive experience for me.Because of that, I want to frame this two-part series as a similar kind of proposal, rather than a definitive word on the subject. I want to make two primary suggestions, and then ask two big questions … [Read more...]

Crazy Genesis and the Messy God

So, I'm attempting to read the Bible in a year (thanks Bible app), and it's a chronological plan, so I've been in Job and Genesis so far. Fact is, I've never actually completed one of these plans. Typically, right about now, I get off track and chuck it, opting for topical and devotional reading instead. And, reading books. And...blogs. It's very unevangelical of me.And not very pastoral at all.But I'm hoping this'll be lucky '13, and so far, so good.Anyway, Job was actually nothing … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll and the Empty Politic of Evangelicalism

We evangelicals have a problem.And the problem is, simply put, that we do not know how to tell the truth.If that sounds harsh, hear what I mean: it is not that we don't think we are telling the truth (we do), it is that we have so constructed the "master signifiers" of our faith and life that we no longer know how to be really, deeply honest - with ourselves or with the world. And, unfortunately, it is the world that is the most painfully aware of this.I've spent a good deal of … [Read more...]

REVIEW: JR Woodward’s Creating a Missional Culture

the former location of our church plant, Dwell, in Burlington, VT I am way late with this review.Not that I had a deadline or anything, but I purchased my Kindle copy of J.R. Woodward’sCreating a Missional Culture sometime in the early summer, and I just finished it a week or so ago. That is, probably, a telling glimpse into my life of late - reading time is difficult to come by with two tiny kids (1 and 2.5 years old), and some recent (intense) transition that has been pretty draining. The … [Read more...]


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