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The Local Church is Going…Local

The Local Church is Going…Local

  What is the focus of the Local Church? Should it focus on being…LOCAL? Dave and Geoff talk about the importance of practicing the presence of Christ in the neighborhoods we find ourselves. This special episode is the first time in front of a live…

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Ashley Madison and Sanctification

Ashley Madison and Sanctification

  Is your church pushing your pastor toward a fall like those found on Ashley Madison?  What does the Ashley Madison scandal tell us about our churches? In the aftermath of Ashly Madison, churches began picking up the pieces after their pastors fell (see these posts…

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Why Gather For Worship?

Why Gather For Worship?

  A worship “experience”? A time for “teaching”? Is the time on Sundays for our heads or our hearts, or something else? Fitch and Holsclaw talk cast a different vision for the worship gathering as a time of corporate spiritual formation. The best way to…

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Mission of Preaching

Mission of Preaching

We don’t live in an oral culture. Not even a written culture. We live in a visual culture. So why preach from a text in an image driven culture? What good can a Sunday sermon have when everyone is bombarded by other messages all week long?…

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Get off the Train: Fundy, Progressive, and Beyond

Get off the Train: Fundy, Progressive, and Beyond

“A justification for our own sorry existence as evangelicals.” Or, why We don’t fit in anywhere. Dave Fitch and I make a first attempt at articulating another way, a third way, for theology and mission for evangelicals, beyond the conservative/progressive dichotomy. We talk about some…

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The Art of Bi-Vocational: Theology on Mission Podcast

The Art of Bi-Vocational: Theology on Mission Podcast

Is being a bi-vocational pastor a necessary evil or a positive opportunity? In the new episode of “Theology on Mission” David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about bi-vocational ministry, how it is an opportunity to rethink pastoral vocation and church ministry, all wrapped in personal…

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“Theology on Mission” Podcast, and other things

“Theology on Mission” Podcast, and other things

So I’ve been really busy teaching and grading, and haven’t done much writing her.  But I have been writing and stuff. And Fitch and I have been busy creating a new “Theology on Mission” podcast (which has been really fun and recieve really well so…

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Bi-vocationalism as guerrilla warfare: 5 thoughts

Bi-vocationalism as guerrilla warfare: 5 thoughts

Ok, yes, it might sound extreme.  But let’s be sober-minded.  As Todd Hiestand (and the comments) notes in his great post, “10 Suggestions/Thoughts on Bi-vocational Ministry”, being a missional bi-vocational pastor is hard, it takes commitment, it takes faith.  But in this post-Christian context (or…

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Being the Temple for the World, #6

Being the Temple for the World, #6

Taking our cue from the angelic announcement that Jesus is “Emmanuel”, God with us, we have been asking about the “Presence of God” from Genesis to Revelation, and how this help us understand the story of God and our mission within it. Last time we…

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STICKS AND STONES CAN BREAK YOUR BONES, AND WORDS CAN DESTROY YOUR SOUL

STICKS AND STONES CAN BREAK YOUR BONES, AND WORDS CAN DESTROY YOUR SOUL

“Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.”  ~This is a LIE. I never say this to my boys at home.  And I never say this to members in our church. The truth is, words do hurt. They wound and…

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