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 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 –...

Vol 4:24 Missional Stamina: A Lesson from the 100th Tour de France

I am a cycler. I am, however, not a cycler like those who compete in the Tour de France. But for an old guy I don’t do too bad cycling the back roads of Wisconsin (just north of where I live.) For example last Monday, a buddy and I cycled almost 30 miles averaging 15 mph – it was a hard ride, hot and humid and took a while to recover. I am also a Tour de France junkie. The Tour is going...

Vol 3: 19 Missional Living: What’s Important? – Living in the Leading of the Spirit

“What’s important?” is an important question in discerning how we are to participate with God in God’s mission. A corollary question is asking, “how do I know what I should be doing in participating with God in God’s mission?” In other blogs I have talked about being open to sense what the Spirit is doing in forming a community, in discovering the vision the Spirit is making...

Vol 3: 16 Missional Living: The Chaos of Following the Spirit

Following the Spirit can only be described as chaotic when we sense we have lost or are losing control in knowing where we are being led. We determine a situation is chaotic, when we cannot exert enough influence to ensure the outcomes we desire. Exercising effective leadership has much to do with bringing order out of chaos – but I suspect it has little to do with being open to the leading...

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