Monthly Archives: July 2008

Today’s Bliss

(HT: A Case for Lunacy)

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Christmas Comes Early

Matt Chandler has entered the blogosphere.

Yes.

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Missional and Attractional Takes on "People"

My Thursday post for SearchWarp is up:

Missional and Attractional, Part 2

I’ve begun elaborating/clarifying on the chart.

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Word-Centered Missionalization

In the comments thread of Ed Stetzer’s recent Movemental Christianity post Timmy Brister shared some really excellent thoughts on word-centeredness. I wanted to lift Brister’s remarks and highlight them here, not only because I think he’s right on, but because I think, in the context of Christian “movementalism,” this sort of thinking reflects the possible disparate streams within the missional movement.

What I mean is, while communities self-identifying as missional all seem to share some very common theological and methodological values (which, as far as I can tell, immediately sets this movement apart from whatever the emerging church movement is/was), there is nevertheless at least one bifurcation within the missional movement on some fairly important matters of ecclesiology.I think this bifurcation may be demonstrated by the relative ways those within the missional movement may resonate (or not resonate) with the following outline:

Should[n't] a movemental Christianity seek to have an undercurrent more grounded in biblical principles and eternal realities?

. . . What I find as movemental Christianity in Scripture is rooted and validated by the Word. You can find this, for instance in

* “those who received the word” (Acts 2:41) resulting in 3,000 added

* “many of those who heard the word believed” (Acts 4:4) resulting a totaling now 5,000

* “and the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem” (Acts 6:7)

* the first scattering from Jerusalem to Samaria is described as “those who were scattered went about preaching the word” (Acts 8:4)

* after …

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Called Into the Fullness of Christ

We recently began a study of John’s Gospel at PRAXIS, Element’s “third place” small group, and something really awesome jumped out at me from this passage this week. Check out John 1:35-51:

The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.

One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, …

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Book Learnin’

I have updated my reading list in the sidebar to reflect what’s actually on my plate.

A few have asked about my impressions of The Shack. You might have noticed it has disappeared from the reading list. Truth is, I don’t have much to report. I started it about the same time I started Don DeLillo’s End Game, got about two chapters into Shack when Game‘s more captivating prose captured my attention, and then my wife wanted to take The Shack on her business trip, so I gave it up.I’ve got it back now but my interest in reading it has waned. I’ll probably give it another go sometime.

Based only on the first couple of chapters, I think I can say that the enormous success of this book is just proof evangelicals don’t really know literature. Is it poorly written? No. Is it masterful and life-changing? Well, maybe it is for those who only read what they sell at Christian bookstores or supermarkets.

But maybe I’ll change my mind after I eventually finish it.I have no opinion on whatever good or bad theology it may or may not reflect.

So . . . what are you reading?

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Missional and Attractional Landscapes

My newest SearchWarp article is up:

Missional and Attractional, Part 1

Gonna start on that chart on Thursday.

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Tuesday is for the Ha Ha

Jim Gaffigan on cake.

Laugh it up.

I’ve got several post ideas in the works, but “real” writing has taken over lately (which is a good thing!), so I’ll get to the blog when I can.

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GDC Blog Linked to Other Blogs, Study Shows

So last week I mentioned getting my act together. So how’d week one go?Not as well as I’d intended, but my weigh-in this morning showed I lost 9-1/2 lbs. after one week of sort of having my act together. Not bad, I don’t think. And it encourages me to keep up the intensity!

Element’s worship service has been on break for three weeks, and I’m really missing preaching. I’ve begun studying some in Ephesians as prep for the series we’re gonna do when we come back. It’s called “The Supremacy of Christ: The Gospel According to Paul” and will focus mainly on Ephesians 2. My reading this morning just really stoked a fire in me. I can’t wait till September 7 when I get to proclaim to our folks the incredible “riches of God’s mercy” (Eph. 2:4).

Here are some links to get your week started off right . . .

C.J. Mahaney talks about Preaching Hell Well, highlighting some messages from the recent Resolved: Heaven and Hell Conference.

“The Missional Yoda” Ed Stetzer reflects on one year of blogging.

Rob Harrison (and C.S. Lewis) on humble apologetics

Shaun Groves on “typical Baptists”

Been at this church? Join the club.

Speaking of atypical Baptists, pray for Tom Ascol.

Also, for Greg Laurie’s family and his son’s family.

God bless ya, blogosphere.

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Five For Friday: Songs of the Moment

This time with video!

5. Radiohead, “Bodysnatchers”This is my favorite song off their last album, In Rainbows. Why? Well, it rocks my face off. And the lyrics are self-referentially nonsensical. Eg. “I have no idea what I’m talking about.” You and me both, Thom!But for anyone who cares to see, I’m alive.

4. Ray LaMontagne, “Jolene”Okay, I officially have a mancrush on Ray LaMontagne. But his voice is just so pleasingly souful! And this song is so heartbreaking and sweet at the same time.(This is not a remake of the Dolly Parton song, as awesome as that would be.)

3. The Lost Dogs, “No Ship Coming In”The best Christian rock supergroup nobody ever heard of. I love this song. So romantic.

2. Al Green, “Sha La La (Make Me Happy)”I posted this back on Valentine’s Day, but Al Green is wonderful at any time. They just don’t make music like this any more. (And notice, in the wide shots of the dancers on the floor, nobody’s grinding on anyone’s booty or anything. If you don’t like this, I don’t like you.

1. George Harrison and Paul Simon, “Here Comes the Sun”Two geniuses playing one of my favorite Beatles songs. Beautiful.

(That’s it for the week. Have a manifesto brewin’ but I’m gonna save it for next week. Have a great weekend.)

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