Discerning Mission

Women and ministry

All of this month, in partial celebration of Women's History Month, Michael Jinkins, president of Louisville Seminary, is turning his blog over to various women to reflect on ministry. Today Mary Gene Boteler has a very thoughtful post, which I'll excerpt here (do go and read the whole thing):
I absolutely understand Jeremiah’s sense of compulsion. And, perhaps, that is one of the most surprising aspects of my call—the inability to escape it. I have known others, in other professions,

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Luther on capitalism and mission

Paul Chung recently presented a paper to the summer missionary conference Evangelizing and Witnessing: The Essentials of Mission Today. You can read the whole paper online, but here's an evocative excerpt to get your started:

Mission for the grace of justification integrates our prophetic diakonia in the realm of economic justice which emphasizes an emancipatory horizon of integrative missional theology. This integrative perspective of justification and justice establishes the justification

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Mission as creating space in the community

What can ministry look like "outside of the box?" For Kristina Fruge it means “I have been a facilitator for creating space in the community, and then that’s where God works. When those people are gathered together around something, whether it’s a need or a particular problem, or an exciting idea, when people gather together around some common piece, then God seems to reveal direction and opportunity, and put the right people in connection with each other. That’s what makes

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More on numbers

We've noted, in a previous post, how much attention seems to get paid to "numbers" -- at least in terms of the number of people who show up in church on a given day. Here is another reflection, this time by David Lose, asking what we're counting. I remain curious: what does it mean to be missional? How can we hold ourselves accountable to that goal? Do numbers matter? If so, which numbers and in what ways? Let us know what you think!

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Finding God in the trash

Theologian Gregory Walter offers a pointed reminder:

Trash represents things used up, lost, or beyond repair.  No one is more useless than the Crucified One, whose place of execution probably also served as a rubbish heap.  These objects represent a wide range of matters:  love, pain, indifference, affection, cheap labor, and the ephemeral character of goods in our present age. Finding God in the trash means finding God calling out for reconciliation, for forgiveness, for lost hope,

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