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 (the Lutheran “Two-Kingdoms” view and the “Kuyperian” view), and ask “What is the Church to do?”  And be sure to listen for all the times Fitch back-pedals from his criticisms of either the Lutheran or Calvinist views.

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

Tools of Engagement: Church, Incarnation, Exile with Michael Frost
This is the Inaugural “Theology and Mission” Lectureship.
June 17th, 2016, Lombard (Chicago), IL
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What ya Reading?

Someone Else’s House: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration ~ Tamar Jacoby
Search for the Beloved Community ~ Smith and Zepp
Sinai and Zion ~ Jon Levenson

Inaugural Theology and Mission Lectureship

MATM-Lectureship-Draft1“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. The intersection of Exile and Incarnation reveals how to be the church amid the cultural challenges and opportunities before us.

Friday, June 17, 2016
9am – 3:30pm
Lindner Conference Center
Northern Seminary, Lombard, IL

Registration: Free for all to attend
$20 for the Lunch Provided

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THEOLOGY AND MISSION LECTURESHIP
The annual Theology and Mission Lectureship features world-class thinkers and practitioners discussing the perennial issues facing the church, equipping pastors and leaders to change the world. They will be hosted every year in early June.

Michael Frost

Michael Frost is a leading voice in the international missional church movement and frequent speaker at international conferences. He is an expert in church planting and co-founded the Forge Mission Training Network with Alan Hirsch. Michael is Vice Principal of Morling College and the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center in Sydney, Australia.

 

 

 


 

 

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He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Incarnate, Exiles, Dwell, and The Road to Missional.

 

 

Join us to refresh your spirit and mind as a leader and pastor, to focus the vision and direction of your church, and to equip and encourage your staff.

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“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 come to your worship service or not.

What ya Reading?
John Howard Yoder: Radial Theologian ~ by Weaver, Zimmerman, and Walton.
The Nonviolent Atonement ~ J. Denny Weaver.
The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views ~Beilby and Eddy.

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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.

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 return”), let us remember that we will die, and that Christ has conquered Death.

After Fitch confesses that he’s been wearing the same clothes for three days, and that he is so “famous” that he is “in-famous” (thank you Three Amigos), Holsclaw and Fitch talk about Lent as a time to remember how God builds us in faith, that we must remember that we will die, and to remember that we will live in Christ.

Resources Mentioned:
Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year ~ Robert Webber
On the Incarnation ~ Athanasius

 

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