Seeing Another Story = Discipleship

 

What is the core of discipleship?

Does information + action = discipleship?
Is there something missing from this equation?

Fitch and Holsclaw discuss the important aspect of “seeing yourself in another story” in the process of discipleship. Only in the conversion of our imagination, immersed in a different story and seeing the world and ourselves differently, can we truly begin to follow Jesus.

Mentioned in What ya reading?
Grassroots Asian TheologySimon Chan

What’s happening?
Young, Restless, and Always Reforming: The Mission of God and the Continuing Reformation of the Church
…with David Fitch, Cherith Fee Nordling, Kyuboem Lee, Jin Kim and others.
May 3-4, 2016, Philadelphia, PA

Stay Connected
Want to learn more about gathering around the practices of discipleship? Then check out the DMIN in Contextual Theology or the Masters in Theology and Mission atNorthern Seminary.

The De-Radicalization of MLK

 

Have we lost the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr?
Have we assimilated him into the American Dream, losing the Dream he had for America in the process?

David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw sit down with local pastor Pierre Keys and student-activist Josiah Daniels to talk about the past and future of the Civil Rights Movement.

Also listen to “Should the Church Protest?”, recorded just after the attacks on Paris and San Bernardino.

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What Do You Gather Around? Practices Or Ideas.

 

What makes your community tick? What is the glue holding you together?
Is it what you THINK of God or what you DO with God?

Kicking off the New Year David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about how church’s can no longer merely gather around common beliefs but around common practices (practices that promise the very presence of Christ).

Want to learn more about gathering around the practices of mission, then check out the DMIN in Contextual Theology or the Masters in Theology and Mission at Northern Seminary.

The Mission of Preaching: Audio from 2015 Missional Learning Commons

 

Here are all five *special episodes* recorded at this year’s Missional Commons which focused on “The Mission of Preaching” (hosted by NORTHERN SEMINARY and ECCLESIA NETWORK).

All of the Episodes:
BOASTING IN WEAKNESS: The Source of our Ministry ~ Mandy Smith
PREACHING OR TEACHING? ~ David Fitch
POUR OVER SERMONS: Brewing in the Spirit ~ Tara Beth Leach
RESURRECTION IMAGINATION: Good News in the Religious Marketplace ~ Matt Tebbe
PREACHING “THROUGH” AND “TO” VULNERABILITY ~Mandy Smith

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#17 Should the Church Protest?


Are you a soldier of reconciliation, or a crusader of some other cause?

What is the role of the church in a culture of injustice?
What is the church’s witness within a world of fear?

When the fear of African-Americans at the hands of police violence is now matched by the fear of White American at the hands of terrorists, does the church have anything to say, anything to do?

With the mass protests in Chicago in mind and the shooting in San Bernardino on their hearts (and just hours before Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s disconcerting all to arm Christians against Muslims, of which we all must repent), David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talked about getting out of the cycle of violence upon violence upon violence, about the need to be well practiced in the art of reconciliation.

Simply, Are you a soldier of reconciliation, or a crusader of some other cause? Are you in the volunteer army of reconciliation, or are you serving another?

Preaching or Teaching? with David Fitch

 

“What’s the difference anyway?” you might ask when it comes to preaching and teaching.

In this special episode, pastor and professor David Fitch talks about this difference between preaching and teaching, and how we need to proclaim the gospel in the pulpit, around the dinner table, and the everywhere else.

This is the second of five *special episodes* recorded at this year’s Missional Commons which focused on “The Mission of Preaching” (hosted by NORTHERN SEMINARY and ECCLESIA NETWORK).

Be sure not to miss any of the other other talks from “The Mission of Preaching” by SUBSCRIBING to the our Podcast (iTunes,Stitcher), or to get them in your inbox, JOIN the Theology on Mission newsletter.

Other Episodes:
#1 BOASTING IN WEAKNESS: The Source of our Ministry ~ Mandy Smith
#3 POUR OVER SERMONS: Brewing in the Spirit ~ Tara Beth Leach
#4 RESURRECTION IMAGINATION: Good News in the Religious Marketplace ~ Matt Tebbe
#5 PREACHING “THROUGH” AND “TO” VULNERABILITY ~Mandy Smith

Mission or Institution: Our Denominations?

Initially revival and mission movements, why do most denominations lose their founding Spirit and settle into an established Letter?

“You make void the word of God by our traditions” says Jesus (Mark 7:13). Is this slow shift from the Spirit to the Letter inevitable?

“Have our denominations shifted from their spirit of mission to the letter of institution?” wonder Fitch and Holsclaw as they talk about the past and future of denominations and our place within them.

What ya reading?
Paul and His Recent Interpreters ~ N.T. Wright
Atonement, Justice, and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church ~ Darrin Belousek

The best way to support “Theology on Mission” is to write us an iTunes review (even if you listen another way). Hit the link and then press the blue “View in iTunes” button to write the review.

Be sure to check out (or tell others) about Northern Seminary’s exciting new Master of Arts in Theology and Mission where Dave, Geoff and other students and pastors continue learning about the connection between mission and theology.

Boasting in Weakness: The Source of our Ministries

 

Can you “boast in your (ministry) weakness”?

Author, speakers and pastor Mandy Smith discusses how vulnerability and limitation is the true source of ministry effectiveness. Let us all learn to embrace our own humanity. Please check out her new book “The Vulnerable Pastor“.

This is the first of five *special episodes* recorded at this year’s Missional Commons which focused on “The Mission of Preaching” (hosted by NORTHERN SEMINARY and ECCLESIA NETWORK).

Be sure not to miss any of the other other talks from “The Mission of Preaching” by SUBSCRIBING to the our Podcast (iTunes, Stitcher), or to get them in your inbox, JOIN the Theology on Mission newsletter.

Episodes coming soon:
#2 PREACHING: Proclaiming or Teaching, or…? ~ David Fitch
#3 POUR OVER SERMONS: Brewing in the Spirit ~ Tara Beth Leach
#4 RESURRECTION IMAGINATION: Good News in the Religious Marketplace ~ Matt Tebbe
#5 PREACHING “THROUGH” AND “TO” VULNERABILITY ~ Mandy Smith

What You’re *NOT* Thinking About: Ideology

What you’re NOT thinking about is often the most important thing about you. This is the impact of “ideology”, the hidden assumptions that effect our thoughts and provoke our emotions.

In this new episode David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about the “making of misunderstanding” caused b the different ideological assumptions we bring into our relationships and our churches. “Oh wretched humanity! Who will set us free from this body of Ideology? Thanks be to God through Jesus our (subversive) Lord!”

Don’t miss the new “What ya Thinking About?” segment, where Geoff talks about the “humanity of Christ” and Dave discusses the fact that “our bodies matter”.

The best way to support “Theology on Mission” is to write us an iTunes review (even if you listen another way). Hit the link and then press the blue “View in iTunes” button to write the review.

Be sure to check out (or tell others) about Northern Seminary’s exciting new Master of Arts in Theology and Mission where Dave, Geoff and other students and pastors continue learning about the connection between mission and theology.

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 audience.

The best way to support “Theology on Mission” is to write us an iTunes review (even if you listen another way). Hit the link and then press the blue “View in iTunes” button to write the review.

Be sure to check out (or tell others) about Northern Seminary’s exciting new Master of Arts in Theology and Mission where Dave, Geoff and other students and pastors continue learning about the connection between mission and theology.