Missional Church

Freeing Jesus

So, I actually have a minute to sit and write on my blog. I want to write in part because I don’t want to start on the 80+ emails in my inbox and party because I just want to prove to all 3 of you out there that I can still write on my blog.…

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Can we clean our own backyard?

About two years ago I had the pleasure of attending a Christian Associates event called Thinklings. The topic was something like: “What does it mean to make the claim that Jesus is Lord in the pluralistic landscape of western Europe?” To be honest, this event was a hinge point for me and my view of…

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Turn the Amps Up to 11…for Jesus of Course

I just posted this on Twitter and had a hard time articulating what I really want to say in 140 characters: If I had to choose: I would take one simple act of service to a person in need over singing 100 songs at a Christian rock/’worship event’ Let me expound… I’ve been living in…

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Thoughts on LeBron as a Leader

I think we’re seeing the new archetype of leader in LeBron James. I remember watching Michael Jordan, or even Kobe a while ago, interact with his team. They were scared of him. If they weren’t playing well, he’d snap. Pointing fingers in faces. Shaking his head in disgust. It was pretty shaming to do that…

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On the Train Tonight

Tonight I had ‘futbol’ practice…it was the first time I’ve been able to go since Matias was born…To get to the practice facility I take a train that’s a bit bigger than the metro and goes way out of the city. Tonight is the story of two train rides that have a sobering similarity. On…

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A Movement of Dance

I love this video because: a.) I like dancingb.)I like seeing spontaneous movements of func.) I like thinking about the why and how things ‘get started’. I hate to pollute this is a stand alone (and nearly disturbing) picture, but the question came to mind: “Did this guy intend to start a dance party on…

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This is what the Kingdom is all about

I had tears in my eyes as I finished this story…and usually when I read ESPN.com I’m crying because the Colts lose another playoff game. But this time it’s because I’m so thankful that I’m a part of this Kingdom… http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?section=magazine&id=3789373   thanks to Brant at Letters from Kamp Krusty for posting this…

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Slavery + Children = Global Reality

Here is a trailer for the Call + Response Film… I love that quote, “Justice is what love looks like in public!” I need to put that idea up to 1 John and let God go to work on my heart. Jen and I have some dear friends who do work in Cambodia named Don…

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Remember the days when…

Remember the days when the simplicity of the Gospel was protected, taught, and fought for? Remember the days when leaders would rather stand alone with the Gospel, than stand in a crowed with a shade of it? I read Galatians this morning and let’s just say…Paul really brings the pain here. Not in a, “You…

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Our Friends the Slyter’s

I celebrate when I hear stories and see live of people who are loving God and doing what they love. This is the spot that I think God wants us all to be in. Our friends Tony and Tina have opened up a Grocery Outlet in Oregon and the local news put up a bit…

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Simplicity

I’ve been reading through 1 John the last few days. Today this part stuck out to me: 1 John 3:23 This is [God’s] commandment: to believe in his Son, the one named Jesus Christ, and to love each other as he commanded us. Those who obey Christ’s commandments live in God, and God lives in…

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Hmm…we gotta do some thinkin’ on this one

I got this stat from another blog called ‘Next Reformation‘ who writes from Canada…Worth a listen and some time asking this question, “If we are really serious about blessing the world around us, are we really listening to what those further from God care about or do we just simply want to do what we care…

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Missional SyncroBlog

A Portland blogger whose blog is called The Blind Beggar has proposed to those of us in the blog world (I hate the term blog-o-sphere…it’s just lame) to on this day write about the topic of ‘What is Missional?’ You can read his article on this here.  So here’s my take…(I just ran my hand…

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I want to be a worship rock star

I’m in one of those moods. So, forgive me if this is too much pessimism…and if this resonates with you…let’s move from beyond complaining to figuring out some real answers and some real ways to frame worship…enough disclaimer.  So, my brother-in-law and I were watching some worship stuff on tv by a really well known…

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How To Kill a Movement Series…

If you want to kill a movement, get spooked by supernatural phenomena outside your paradigm… I grew up in a fairly normal evangelical environment. The most charismatic thing that I saw were people holding up their hands in worship…and this was even pushing it for some. So, it’s safe to say that when my best…

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Is There Just Too Much on the Jesus Sandwich?

Yesterday I went over to my buddy Jeremy’s place to help put in a fence…I got in a conversation with one of his neighbor’s friends who had recently started going back to a church because of his kids. As the conversation went on we started talking about the Church. I was asking his thoughts about…

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Trip to Barcelona

Number of Metro Trips: 11 Number Cafe con Leches: 8 Number of Gaudi Buildings seen: 1 Number of people who most likely don’t follow in Jesus: 1,400,000 Number of steps taken while praying through this city: My feet say close to 1.4 million! Number of pictures taken: 175 Number of facial piercings seen : ??? Number of…

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How to Kill a Movement Part 2

How to Kill a Movement Part 2:  Demand Conformity in Methodology When driving in your car, have you ever thought how many different ways there are to get to the place you are going? Sometimes I sit in my car nearly paralyzed because I’m strategizing the best way to get from point A to B.…

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CAI Changes

We just got an email update about some restructuring that is happening within CA…I have to be honest, I am so proud of our organization and how they are actually trying to do things that we talk about. They are allowing our values and scripture to form how our organization is structured and saying goodbye…

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How To Kill a Movement

Thanks to Jay at OnMovements for posting this list from Sam Metcalf. I think that many (if not all!) of these things are certainly worth thinking about if you are in any way a steward of ministry… How to Kill a Movement » By Jay Lorenzen on Jan 19, 2008 Sam Metcalf at UnderTheIceberg posted…

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From A-Z

Yesterday I was helping my brother-in-law Jason sand his deck with a big stand up power sander. I’ve never used a thing like this…I have to admit, it was pretty fun. As one who normally avoids physical labor (or has very little opportunity for it, which compounds my avoidance), I really enjoyed wrestling this around…

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To Celebrate God

A guy that I’ve never met named Marty posted this quote on Alan Hirsch’s blog…I especially like the definition of the Church at the end of it…It’s from 1962; “A Private and Public Faith”, by William Stringfellow “The religious suppose that only the religious know about God or care about God, and that God cares…

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Mike Frost

Mike Frost wrote a book with Alan Hirsch called ‘The Shaping of Things to Come’. This book put into words and pages what my heart felt. Here’s an encouraging/valuable/challenging/long/insightful clip of Mike talking about the missional Church. Make a cup of coffee or tea and spend some time watching this and let it sink in.…

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Seedless Grapes

Today I was talking with a friend about church stuff…I’ve been thinking of this analogy for a while, but hadn’t really processed it much. I’ve been thinking a lot (a lot) about what sustainable movements look like and what it takes to be sustainable. In the process I’ve been thinking about what sustainable isn’t. The…

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Aged Adolescents

Today I went to the church that my great grandfather helped start back in the day in Mechanicsville, Virginia. It’s always a trip to go to this church after growing up in a pretty charismatic (for the non-denomination denomination) church-plant on the west coast.  Today I had a hilarious (in my opinion) observation. This church has…

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A Post worth reading…

I came across this post this morning and thought I would pass it on…There is some good stuff here to chew on about leadership, community, and authority in the Church… Check it out here: NextReformation – Authority, Certainty, and Humility

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Hungary and First ‘crawls’

As you may or may not know, Jen, Maisie, and I are in Hungary for our annual conference with Christian Associates. It has been so good to see our friends and spiritual family for the week. It’s been a really full week and God has given much more to think about that I thought…posts about…

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deep church quote

I liked this quote: I wonder if sometimes, in our efforts to be authentic in our engagement with church, we might be looking for and even attempting to generate a collective spirit that is made up of the stuff of personal preference. From this blog: Deep Church

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