#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.

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 by Ed Stetzer). But David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw take issue with many of these responses, asking, “What should have been happening BEFORE these pastoral scandals happen?”

This scandal tells all of us that we don’t understand sanctification, and that our church systems keep us from practicing it. They talk about the need for evangelicals to have a more robust understanding and process of sanctification, not just for pastors, but for everyone.

What ya reading?

From Resurrection to New Creation: A First Journey in Christian Theology ~ Michael Pahl

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In an image driven culture, why do we still craft sermons?
What good can a Sunday sermon have when everyone is bombarded by other messages all week long? What is preaching for anyway?  (November 6-7, 2015, Chicago)

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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.

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Mission of Preaching

Missional CommonsWe 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? What is preaching for anyway?

With these and many other questions in mind, the 2015 Missional Learning Commons will explore The Mission of Preaching (NOV. 6-7, Chicago, IL), hosted by Northern Seminary.

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SCHEDULE:

Friday, Nov. 6th (6:30-8:00pm)

Saturday, Nov. 7th (8:30am-3:00pm)

  • 8:30am – WORSHIP and PRAYER
  • 9:00am – PREACHING: Proclaiming or Teaching, or…? ~ David Fitch
  • 10:00am – POUR OVER SERMONS: Brewing in the Spirit ~ Tara Beth Leach
  • 11:00am – BREAK
  • 11:15am – RESURRECTION IMAGINATION: Good News in the Religious Marketplace ~ Matt Tebbe
  • 12:15pm – LUNCH
  • 1:00pm – PREACHING “THROUGH” AND “TO” VULNERABILITY ~ Mandy Smith
  • 2:00pm – PANEL: SERMON PREPARTION DISCUSSION

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If you are in or near Chicago, consider bringing your preaching team to this time of equipping and collaboration.

Listen to “What is Preaching and Why Bother?” for a sampler of everything coming at the MLC.

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 historical roots for this dichotomy and hint toward an alternative life in community. The next two episodes will flesh out this third way farther by exploring the topics of “Gospel” and then “Scripture”, showing how our theological commitments make a really missional difference (subscribe so you don’t miss them). If you don’t fit in as an conservative evangelical, but don’t feel drawn to progressive framework, then check out this episode.

Mentioned Resource:
Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism: How Modern and Postmodern Philosophy Set the Theological Agenda ~ Nancy Murphy

Books Mentioned in “What Ya Reading?”

Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity ~ Luke Bretherton

 The Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, & Experience as a Model of Evangelical Theology ~ Don Thorsen

And 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 pastor continue learning about these things.