Vol 5:4 Does Life Happen When We are Missional?

A couple of weeks ago I reflected on what moves me to be missional. This question is in a similar vein – because why try to be missional if life does not happen whenever we seek to be missional? I meet pretty regularly with two other guys on Wednesday morning for breakfast and on one particular Wednesday, after we had split up to go our separate ways, I received a text: “Thanks for the...

Vol 5:3 What Moves Me to be Missional?

What moves me to be missional is much more than being obedient to God’s call upon my life – it is catching glimpse, catching a sense of what God sees and feels in encountering a broken world. One of my mentors – Ray S. Anderson, used to remark that the world does not set the agenda for our ministry, rather God does. Our ministry is first and foremost to God, and what touches the heart of...

Vol 5:2 Don’t Forget About Jesus in Being Missional

Years ago I served at a prominent evangelical divinity school and I heard from not a few graduates that they had lost their devotion to Jesus through their studying at this school. They stated they came to seminary with a passion for Jesus and after three or four years, they developed a passion for God’s word – exegeting it, understanding it, preaching it, but wondered what had happened to...

Vol. 5:1 Craft Beers and the Franchising of Mission

This past Wednesday morning I was listening to National Public Radio as they were discussing the acquisition of Chicagoland craft beer Goose Island by Anheuser-Busch three years ago. The point of the discussion was whether Goose Island lost some of its uniqueness in being acquired. The discussion quickly led into other the acquisition of other small food brands and the impact that it has on the...

Vol 4: 30 Doing Local Theology as Missional Practice

I am reading a book recommended by Alan Roxburgh about learning how to join God in our neighborhoods. The book is entitled, Doing Local Theology: A Guide for Artisans of a New Humanity, by Clemens Sedmak. In it, Sedmak presents 50 theses involved for engaging in local theology. In his first thesis he states that engaging in local theology “is an invitation to wake up: to me mindful and...

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