Discerning Mission

Leadership lessons

Magnifying Glass

Every so often I run across interesting reflections from people outside of the "church world," reflections that I think all of us who are seeking to serve in missional leadership could learn from. Here's a great post about inter-cultural learning, written by Susan Campion, who is a consultant and businesswoman based in the Twin Cities. Among other aspects of her vocation, she mentors high school students at the High School for the Recording Arts. She shares six lessons she learned from her time

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Missional church in perspective

The Missional Church Perspective

Last month Dr. Dwight Zscheile gave an excellent brief overview of his new book, authored jointly with Dr. Craig Van Gelder, The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation.

The book will be published in Spring 2011, and in the meantime Dr. Zscheile has agreed to post his powerpoint slides 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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B Is For Living Into Our Baptism

Lumen Christi

In this Jan. 2011 service celebrating the Baptism of Our Lord, Dr. Lois Malcolm powerfully unpacks what it means to live into our baptism:

What makes Jesus’ baptism so unique is that it is a baptism into a life that will culminate in a death that bears the diseases and sins of all people and a resurrection that releases them from all oppressive powers, even the power of death. Thus, when we are baptized into Jesus’ death and resurrection, our old sinful self, which has been enslaved

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T is for Triune God: Circulating Around the Neighborhood

By Dwight Zscheile

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In the seventh century, the theologian John of Damascus used a term to describe the life of the Trinity that has important resonance for today’s church in mission: perichoresis. Perichoresis means “whirl,” “rotation,” “encircling,” “embracing,” or “circulation around the neighborhood.” In the ancient world, it was used to describe the passing of wine around the table at a dinner party, or the movement of people

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