Worship, Worth-ship, & Sleeping Committees

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Got to share one of my favorite Wright quotes today as a reflection at First UMC Burlington. It's from his (underrated) book, For All God's Worth: True Worship & the Calling of the Church. And it has to do with the definition of worship, which was relevant because First UMC's mission is to be a worshiping community, walking in the way of Jesus, believing in place.Check it out and let me know if it resonates: The word ‘worship’ means, literally, ‘worth-ship’: to accord worth, true value, … [Read more...]

Gospel Otherness: the Liturgical Shape of Mission

Recently on social media I've made a few comments like this: And this:I've also elaborated to include the idea that mission can quickly become misshapen when it is abstracted from the worship gathering where formation takes place. In other words, all of those missional strategies that pit the church "going out into the world" against the church "attracting people to itself" are misguided. They make critical assumptions about what exactly the church gathering entails … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Wives & Water to the Soul

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A couple days ago, Her.meneutics ran a great piece by Mary DeMuth on the current obsession among evangelical pastors/leaders with talking/tweeting endlessly about their "smokin' hot wives" - an obsession that has spread throughout American Christian culture.The post resonated with me.It resonated because, as I've mentioned before on this blog, I was once a part of the segment of evangelicalism that fosters this kind of attitude - the kind that makes leaders go on and on about their … [Read more...]

Missio Alliance & Me

I met with my good friend Matt for coffee this morning, and I told him some of the backstory behind my involvement with this thing called Missio Alliance. And now, I'll tell you.Before I do, though, you should know this: today is the last day to register for the first-ever Missio Alliance national conference at the regular rate, and get decent rates on hotel rooms. Which might mean nothing to you if you have no idea what Missio Alliance is. Which is why I'm about to tell you the … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll & 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...]


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