THE PROVISIONAL THOUGHTS OF A MISSIONAL PASTOR AMID EMERGING CULTURE

How to Connect with Congress regarding Refugees

How to Connect with Congress regarding Refugees

This post is about 1) why and how to connect with your member of Congress AND 2) the letter and phone call I plan to make to Peter Roskam, my congressional representative (who happens to be a Republican).

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Westworld and the Myth of Christmas | Mockingbird

Westworld and the Myth of Christmas | Mockingbird

On Westworld and Christmas.  Here is my conclusion. In contrast to this mythological framework, the Abrahamic faiths have no story of violence at the dawn of the world. Instead, the book of Genesis opening the Bible depicts the creation of all things in peaceful, even…

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Subordination and #AltonSterling

Subordination and #AltonSterling

I was about halfway through another post talking about theology and the Trinity and why claims for the “eternal subordination of Son” makes for bad theology. And then I saw the new about #AltonSterling, another black man shot by white police. And so I wrote…

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Eternal Submission? Thinking (all the way) Through the Issue

Eternal Submission? Thinking (all the way) Through the Issue

(originally posted on Missio Alliance) Imagine this preposterous exchange. At a party, I enter a conversation when I hear that someone else is a Giants fan. “I love the Giants,” I say. “Yes, I love how the Giants hit,” comes the response. “And how they…

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Reformation, We Have a Problem!

Reformation, We Have a Problem!

  Does the Reformation though help us engage in mission? Does typical protestant theology have a power problem and a context problem which work against mission? And what does it matter anyway? PLEASE WRITE US A REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST   David Fitch…

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Church Planting without Women = Disaster

Church Planting without Women = Disaster

  What does complimentarianism and equalitarianism have to do with church planting? Is there a third way concerning women in ministry? And what is the role of the Holy Spirit in all this. Fitch and Holsclaw tackle the tangled issues of openness to the Holy…

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What is the Church to do about (Trump) Politics?

What is the Church to do about (Trump) Politics?

  Dread? Fear? Hope? Optimism? All words people are feeling about the current presidential primaries. But the truth is, whoever is in the White House is not the savior, nor the destroyer, of the world. Fitch and Holsclaw talk about different options for understanding politics…

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Inaugural Theology and Mission Lectureship

Inaugural Theology and Mission Lectureship

“Tools of Engagement: Church, Incarnation, and Exile” Join with Michael Frost as he casts a vision for the church as an Exile people practicing Incarnation. Being away from our home as Exiles tells us where we are. And practicing Incarnation tells us who we are….

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“Enjoy the Show!”

“Enjoy the Show!”

  “Enjoy the Show!” and other things that shouldn’t be said about a worship service. David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about whether 1) a worship service is a central, peripheral, or complimentary part of a church (plant), and 2) if it matters whether people…

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Lent: Punishment or Preparation?

Lent: Punishment or Preparation?

  Is Lent a time of punishment or preparation? Is Lent at time for binding the flesh or building up faith? And in a culture that refuses to remember death, when we are marked by ashes (“from ashes you came and to ashes you will…

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