Discerning Mission

Lutheran Songs Today

Last month the Center for Missional Leadership held an event on Luther's campus entitled Lutheran Songs Today, that brought together a diverse group of wildly creative songwriters. Eventually we hope to edit this video down into smaller, more easily accessed segments, but for now you can get at least a taste of the event here.

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Sin, grace and popular culture

Faith as a way of life - Christian Scharen

Dr. Christian Scharen, in his book Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership, writes compellingly about the challenges of discerning God in the midst of popular culture.

Unlike certain Christian communities who want to put a box around specific forms of culture and label them "safe" or "unsafe," Dr. Scharen argues for God's ability to speak to us through a variety of media -- the challenge is discernment.

Here's an excerpt:

"Sin understood as acting badly and grace as the power

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Christianity 2.0

Spiral fern Here's an interesting radio/audio post discussing what might constitute Christianity 2.0. The interview is with author Greg Garrett, whose book The Other Jesus: Rejecting a Religion of Fear for a God of Love, came out just last month.

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Why church history matters for the missional church

Here's a very brief overview of church history, engagingly presented by Dr. Patrick Keifert, that focuses on missional church issues.

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M is for missional church

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From Craig Van Gelder's book The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit:

The church is.
The church does what it is.
The church organizes what it does.

The interrelationship of all three aspects is important to understand. The church is. The church's nature provides the framework and foundation for understanding the essential character of the church. The church does what it is. The nature of the church establishes the foundation for understanding the purpose of the church

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