Skinny Jeans, Ruffled Feathers, and Kingdom Mission: My Interview with Scot McKnight

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One of my theological heroes is Scot McKnight. He recently released a new book called Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. And it is a doozy...in all the right ways! (Check out the book website here.)Here's my interview with Scot: Z: Hi Scot, thanks so much for joining us over here! I love your new book and think it's a really timely addition to the conversation. But enough with my opinion - what prompted you to write it? Scot: I have been thinking a … [Read more...]

Learning to Make Disciples…AA Style [Fr. Tony Bleything]

My name is Fr. Tony Bleything, I'm an Alcoholic and a Drug Addict. Okay, so I don't say Fr. Tony Bleything at the 3 to 4 AA meetings I go to per week, but I do identify each time as an alcoholic and an addict.  I'm sure I sound like a broken record at our church but I truly believe that if the church took note of the work of Alcoholics Anonymous, they would surely learn a great deal about making disciples.For the past few months I have been reflecting on what I can learn about discipleship fr … [Read more...]

John Piper’s Divine Wife-Beating & Three Things God’s Wrath Cannot Be

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John Piper needs new PR.Especially on social media. For all of his intelligence, and apparent earnestness, he has a tendency to type out some pretty horrendous metaphors and some appalling 140-character verse. Like this beauty the other day:Lurvely.One can certainly see the hyper-neo-Calvinist train of thought here to the tune that God's wrath toward the totally depraved elect is "drained" as he pours it out on Christ in his torture, suffering, and death. This penal … [Read more...]

Believe Something Already: Emergent, LaBeouf, & the Growing Senselessness of Doubt

Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” The people did not answer him a word.  Last week, two seemingly unrelated blips appeared on my Internet radar and struck a strangely similar chord: Tony Jones's statistics about the emergent/emerging church, and Shia LaBeouf's interview on Interview Magazine. I'm not entirely sure what point Jones was trying to drive home … [Read more...]

A New Master of Arts in Theology and Mission at Northern Seminary – Changing the Face of Seminary Training

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Leading a church in mission is difficult, requiring much more of pastors than the maintenance of activities. Beyond the ministry skills of preaching, teaching, counseling and evangelism, pastors need the skills of theological reflection, cultural analysis, and building local community. And not only are new skills needed, but a new way of teaching them is needed.  We need a less expensive way that keeps future church leaders from being burdened with debt.  And we need a training that fits into th … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Mark Driscoll Resigns From Mars Hill Church, Elders Surprised to Receive Resignation

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According to the Religion News Service, Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll has resigned, much to the surprise of the remaining Mars Hill elders: “Recent months have proven unhealthy for our family—even physically unsafe at times—and we believe the time has now come for the elders to choose new pastoral leadership for Mars Hill,” Driscoll wrote in his resignation letter.Driscoll was not asked to resign, according to a letter from the church’s board of overseers. “Indeed, we were surprised to rece … [Read more...]

Choosing My Religion? [Anderson Campbell]

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I think I might be failing as a good, Christian father.I’ve identified as a Christian for nearly as long as I can remember. I grew up in Georgia, “Bible belt” territory.  Our household rhythms revolved around faith in God. We prayed at mealtimes and before bed. We were heavily involved in our Southern Baptist church, in which my father served as a deacon. We attended every Sunday, sometimes twice, and every Wednesday evening.When I was seven years old, I declared to my mother that I wante … [Read more...]

God of Noise, God Who Moves: Finding God in Ministry Transition [David Kludt]

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My neighborhood in Hollywood was one of the noisiest places I've ever been.Our little house was situated halfway between Hollywood and Sunset - two of the major thoroughfares providing the constant rush of traffic across Northeast Los Angeles. Directly across the street from us was a hospital parking garage with two sets of heavy traffic spikes. At shift change, a rapid series of metallic clunks peppered into our windows as cars pulled out of the garage. Three hospitals within four blocks … [Read more...]

Evangelism is Awkward [Beau Crosetto]

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This is a guest post from Beau Crosetto - his bio is at the bottom. A few years ago when I was coming back to my apartment, I noticed two missionary men talking to my downstairs neighbor. Right as I was approaching, they finished up, and then the missionary men started engaging with me. I don’t mind mixing it up a bit so I let them give me their best shot and I found out some wacko stuff. For instance, they believed that Jesus had returned and was currently in Korea! After 15min of back and f … [Read more...]

On Focus and Freedom: A Traditional Church Embarks on the Missional Journey [KrisAnne Swartley]

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The story of how I came to do what I currently do, where I do it, still fascinates me. I love it when people ask, how did you end up at Doylestown Mennonite Church and what is your role there? What does it mean to be "pastor for the missional journey" or "missional pastor?" I love telling the story because I have never encountered a congregation who has done what this one has, and I'm about as immersed in the Mennonite church as one can get-- a Mennonite pastor's kid who went to Mennonite … [Read more...]


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