Discerning Mission

The death of Osama bin Laden

President Obama Announces Osama Bin Laden's Death

Two days ago we woke up to the three inch headlines of Osama bin Laden's death. Today all I can feel is grief. This is not a time for jubilation, no matter what the news media may be stirring up. Particularly for those of us who are called to love our enemies, to pray for peace, to do justice, this is a time for prayer and contemplation. Daniel Moran says it better than I can.

Several religious communities have released statements, including the the Vatican and the United Church of Christ

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Responses to 'Love Wins'

Pastor and author Rob Bell has stirred the conversational pot in recent months with his newest book, Love Wins.

Responses to the book have varied widely, as this sampling of reviews reveals.

Bell's fellow emergent church leaders have also weighed in, as has Luther Seminary's own Dr. David Lose.

Some congregations have begun engaging Love Wins in small group studies.  Here a Luther seminarian shares the talking points they found helpful in discussing the book with congregation members.

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Missiology and multicultural ministries

The International Review of Mission has just made available, via free access to the Wiley site, the latest issue of the journal which is focused on church and migration. As the website notes:

The church and migration is the focus of the latest issue of the International Review of Mission (IRM). The biannual journal is sponsored by the World Council of Churches and focuses on the ecumenical practice of mission while giving voice to other theological perspectives, such as those of Pentecostal

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The woman at the well

Well, in the village of Segou

It's about time that people really read this text (John 4:5-42), rather than simply projecting onto it their fears about immorality. David Lose has a great reflection on it up at the Huffington Post. Here's an excerpt:

"Why? Because Jesus has 'seen' her. He has seen her plight -- of dependence, not immorality. He has recognized her, spoken with her, offered her something of incomparable worth. He has seen her -- she exists for him, has worth, value, significance and all of this is treatment

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Young people asking big questions

The Meaning of Life

Dr. Michael Jinkins, the president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, notes that: "Young adults are searching for meaning that is not just of their own making and for purpose that transcends. They are looking for answers to life’s most persistent questions, the Big Questions, and they are finding in themselves longings unmet in a culture obsessed with itself and lacking a reference point for meaning beyond its own preoccupations.

The fact that the parents of many of these young people do

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