This is Discipling

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Church, Missional, Video/Audio

At our recent ChurchNext conference, our topic was on discipleship. It is such a familiar word, but what is means is beginning to change (or be rediscovered if you prefer). Actually many things are changing as the church is challenged to rethink itself .  This video does a great job of communicating that if we get discipleship right, we get church right. Prioritize...

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Seek the Shalom of the City

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Books, Video/Audio

I’ve been working through a book called, “To Change the World” by James Davison Hunter. In the book, Hunter describes how traditional approaches to changing the world in the name of Jesus aren’t very productive, and in fact, may contribute to the growing irrelevance of the church to current North American society. It is an important read, and will make you rethink how you and your church or organization should “transform” the world....

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Gospel, Heaven, and Grace

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Formation, Gospel, Video/Audio

Here is a wonderful clip of John Ortburg interviewing Dallas Willard at Catalyst 2010. In recent conversations, I’ve been reminded of how turned around so many of us are with regards to what we have understood to be the gospel. My point is not so much to cast blame as it is to figure out how we might faithfully portray the gospel to the world today in ways that the message is received as good news. This short video touches on that conversation, and helps us to reframe...

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Three Parts to Discern Calling

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Video/Audio, Vocation/Calling

I’m in the midst of teaching a bunch of classes on Calling and Vocation. A very helpful way to understand and to help others understand if God is calling them to do something has been presented by Tim Keller in audio (3.5 minutes). In essence he suggests that we must pay attention to three things: Affinity – Do I sense that God is calling me to this? Do I have the self-perception of an ability and desire to do this? Ability – Do my spiritually discerning...

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It’s All Here

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Formation, Leadership, Missional, Video/Audio

There is a newly posted series of recordings of Dallas Willard and Todd Hunter called, “The Church as a Community of the Kingdom of God.” While it was recorded in Nov 2004, it feels fresh to me. This is in large part because it hits the most critical elements that, IMHO, churches today must understand and recover if it is to faithfully be the church to this coming generation. In short, I agree completely with what is presented… merely seven years after is...

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Every Life Has a Story

Posted by on Oct 4, 2010 in Church, Missional, Video/Audio

I have appreciated the work that Alan Roxburgh and Mark Lau Branson has been doing in their encouragement of the church to move back into the neighborhood. A central element of this shift involves the realization that while the church may have often withdrawn into buildings, God wasn’t stuck there. He remains present and active “outside” in the lives of people and in the life of our community. It would probably be very obvious if only we were more...

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