Discerning Mission

Missional Lab: What's the God of the Cross Up to?

By Patrick Torbit
 

It was a hot summer evening in New Hampshire. I was sitting cross-legged on the floor of the sanctuary of my internship  congregation. Tied to my right wrist was an orange bandana.  Surrounding me was my tribe, about fifteen energized third and fourth graders. On second thought, energized might be an understatement. It was the end of Vacation Bible School, and the curriculum we were using invited us to ask the kids for their “God sightings,” that is,

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Good read: Dwight Zscheile's 'People of the Way'

Alan Roxburgh has posted a favorable review of Dwight Zscheile's new book, People of the Way

Zscheile is an Episcopal priest who is assistant professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary.

In People of the Way , he draws on multiple streams of Anglican thought and practice, plus contemporary experience to craft a vision for mission that addresses the church's post-establishment, post-colonial context. With stories, practices and concrete illustrations, Zscheile

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A volatile God, or a forgiving God?

Clint Schekloth has a very thoughtful post this week, written in response to a sincere question that was framed in this way: "Why does God seem so volatile and irritable in the Old Testament, yet forgiving and merciful in the New Testament?" Clint's answer is deeply helpful, and I commend it in its entirety to you. Here's a brief excerpt:

I think the most fair response is that, where the OT covers a broad swath of history, and looks for salvation history in the call of a nation and all the vicissitudes

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24 x 7 x 365 Faith Formation? Exploring the impacts of social media from an 'old school' perspective.

An MCC 2011 Reflection by Laurie Neill, MDIV Senior concentrating in Children, Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary

The reality that John Roberto brought to light for me at the 2011 Missional Church Consultation was that it is not only possible, but beneficial, for the church to provide faith formation for anyone, anytime, anywhere, 24x7x365. While I know that our youth (and adults) are connected to each other on many different levels and circles (often at the same time), I never really

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An Advent meditation

Here is Parker Palmer, reflecting on the Incarnation:

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