Discerning Mission

Campbell's Soup - Stupid Like a Fox

Courtney Young is a May 2012 graduate of Luther Seminary - MDiv with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership. Missional, millenial and now, a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the church and social media.  Partly because I used to work in seminary relations so I got to troll a lot of bad church websites and snicker because it's not 1995 anymore.  Partly because I recently attended a consultation that was tackling the

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Really, I'm not that different...

I read articles all through seminary like "Spiritual Nomads," an article The Lutheran published to offer their explanation about what makes us Millennials tick (i.e. why don't we come to church).  I used to read these articles and wonder myself why my peers didn't go to church.  What wasn't working for them?  What was I getting that they weren't?  Now that I have moved to a new town, been unemployed for five months, am preparing to have a baby, and, most importantly, am not serving

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Missional thought of the day...

Ran across this interesting video from Brian McLaren... how does his video relate to your understanding of the missional church today?

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Tweeting the Consultation...

Last weekend's Consultation on the Missional Church - The Road to Emmaus: Missional Church and Global Media Cultures - was a treasure-trove of rich conversation. But not all of it emerged from a lecture hall at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. There was a rich and robust twitterchat going on around during the presentations, and into the time between.

For those of you who weren't able to join us, and for those of you who participated but would like to look back at the twitter chat, we present it here

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Christ in the keyboard...

The new issue of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics arrived in our inbox yesterday. Along with an excellent set of essays about the interface of religion and technology, the email included this photo illustration of an 'enter' key shaped as a cross. The juxtaposition of the cross (the place where God meets us through Christ in our deepest despair) with a keyboard key (a symbol of efficiency and finality... 'click enter and you're done') brings to mind the paradox of living in this high-tech age where

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