Vol. 7:1 Being Missional is about Living

I’ll admit that in moving to a new place that it can take a while to get one’s rhythm back – acclimating to the community, meeting new people, starting different kinds of work, discerning what God is up to and finding the regular disciplines again that once sustained you. I have been here in La Crosse for a year now and I have noticed I have not been writing much – at...

Vol 6:3 Pastoring in the Neighborhood

Vol 6:3 Pastoring in the Neighborhood At the end of July I stepped out of traditional pastoral ministry with the blessing of my congregation, which I served for over 7 years (6 of those years as lead pastor), and the blessing of my church conference, in which I still serve as a liaison for cultivating missional church. A few months earlier as I shared with a colleague what I was sensing the Spirit of God leading me to do – he...

Vol 6:2 News-Flash: The Kingdom is Near

This is the second-part of a series of posts interacting on insights shared by Lesslie Newbigin in his study, Mission in Christ’s Way. As last week, Newbigin notes that in beginning our inquiry into mission in Christ’s way, that we are confronted with Jesus’ first words regarding the Gospel of the kingdom in Mark 1:14-18. Today, I focus on the kind of announcement Jesus’ statement is...

Vol 6:1 Looking in the Right Direction

It’s been almost a year since I last posted on Missional Matters, and it’s about time I got back into a regular habit of reflecting missionally on life and ministry. A lot has gone on in my life in the past year – and though no excuse, I have been sidetracked somewhat from engaging in missional reflection. As I reflect over the past year, I have found myself in situations that would have...

Vol 5:7 Scattered Seed in the World: Living in Mission

This summer, the community I serve as pastor is engaging in an intergenerational Christian formation experience in which we are focusing on the parables of God’s reign. The key parable for understanding all the parables, as Jesus expresses, is the Parable of the Sower. I prefer to call it the Parable of the Soils, since it gives more attention to how the sown seed – the Word of God –...

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