THE PROVISIONAL THOUGHTS OF A MISSIONAL PASTOR AMID EMERGING CULTURE

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The Practice of Living: All Saints Day

The Practice of Living: All Saints Day

Why do we run from death if death has been defeated? Why do we forget those who have gone before us and pretend that we have to go it alone? All Saints Day is good for us here in America, in the West, where we…

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The Human Side of Prayer (along with Tim Keller)

The Human Side of Prayer (along with Tim Keller)

I came across this on twitter and it caught my eye and made me think. Failure to pray is not merely breaking some religious rule. It is really a failure to treat God as God. — Timothy Keller (@timkellernyc) October 26, 2014 What do you…

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Deeper Than We Thought (3): Drug War Myths

Deeper Than We Thought (3): Drug War Myths

  Post One and Two (This just happened: While writing this post on The New Jim Crow at a coffee shop an African American man asks me about the book and then tells me that he advised his son NOT to bring his car to college because…

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Where I’ve Come From/Where I’m Going (Same Call & New Job)

Where I’ve Come From/Where I’m Going (Same Call & New Job)

(Picture of Santa Cruz, CA, where I went to college and met my wife, Cyd.) I don’t usually talk much about my day to day life on this blog. Usually is it more about what I’m reading or thinking or seeing in the church/culture more…

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A Modest Plea for Coaches to Stay Pastors

A Modest Plea for Coaches to Stay Pastors

When God called me to be a pastor I resolved I would never view the pastorate as a career ladder to be climbed. Growing up I had seen and heard people talk about how some youth pastor had now become an associate pastor, with the…

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Are You Scared, Confused, Intimidated by Evangelism?

Are You Scared, Confused, Intimidated by Evangelism?

Aren’t we all? Is our imagination trapped by bad stereotypes of “evangelists”?   If you resonate with any of this then please come to this years Missional Learning Commons on “Evangelism and the Missional Church”, NOV. 7-8 (Chicago, IL).  FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SESSIONS: THE CONTEXT OF EVANGELISM James…

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Deeper Than We Thought (2): The Colorblind Racism

Deeper Than We Thought (2): The Colorblind Racism

  Those brought forcibly to America for slavery are now forcibly carried away through imprisonment. Colorblind Racism Two weeks ago I talked about how in my journey of sanctification I seem to be really working only on two or so deeply ingrained sins that seem to…

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Deeper than We Thought (1): Our Society’s Sin

Deeper than We Thought (1): Our Society’s Sin

The Journey of Redemption  I’ve found in my journey of redemption that I don’t necessary sin egregiously in every category. Rather I’ve found I often keep struggling with the same two or three sins that seem to go all the way down to my core. Every time…

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Evangelism and the Missional Church (video)

Evangelism and the Missional Church (video)

Evangelism In The Missional Church: How The Kingdom Breaks In Among Us Missional Learning Commons 2014 November 7 @ 7:30pm – November 8 @ 3:00pm | $25  (Wait for the 1:08 mark to learn what Fitch really thinks of Geoff, and evangelism…)   This year’s Missional Learning Commons will…

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Evangelism in the Missional Church: Nov. 7-8

Evangelism in the Missional Church: Nov. 7-8

Evangelism in the Missional Church: How the Kingdom Breaks in Among Us NOVEMBER, 7TH-8TH This year’s Missional Learning Commons will focus on the oft forgotten member of the 5-fold gifts for the church (Eph. 5): the Evangelists. While the Attractional Church focuses mostly on Pastors and Teachers, the Missional Church often…

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