Vol 3: 27 Being Missional When I Don’t Feel Like Doing Missional

Being missional is more than doing something different. Sometimes I just don’t feel like doing another missional thing. Being missional ought to affect not only how we go about engaging in ministry, engaging in participating with God in God’s bringing about shalom, but also how we are with God with whom we participate in making all things new. Too often, however, I have discovered that we...

Vol 3: 26 The Missional Practice of Nonviolence: Giving Witness to a Different Reality

Does nonviolence work? I had someone drop in our office today to ask about the Mennonites – who are they and what do they believe in? We had a good conversation and we talked quite a bit about the Mennonites practice of nonviolence and peacemaking. A question that was raised, more implicitly than explicitly was “does nonviolence work?” My immediate response was: “Not always, perhaps...

Vol 3:25 The Missional Practice of Nonviolence: Contrast Witness in a Culture of Violence

In arguing that the roots of how we lead in the North American church is rooted in culture, I find J. Denny Weaver in his book, The Nonviolent Atonement to be an interesting conversation partner. In it he makes the following statement regarding the post-Constantinian church and its accommodation to the social order: “When the church comes to accept the social order and to see the structures...

Vol 3: 24 The Missional Practice of Nonviolence – Challenging Our Fear of Doing Nothing

If nonviolence were only a matter of faith, of what we profess, then I believe many more Christians would give assent to being nonviolent; it’s the realities of life that make nonviolence untenable – What about someone harming my family? What about Hitler? What about rampant violence overpowering and destroying the innocent in the world? It might be argued that “violence can only be...

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