Within my tribe (Churches of Christ) and within other groups as well, there is a danger in reading Jude verse 3 with an air of finality: "Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith … Continue reading A Once And For All Faith?
I read an interesting article today by Craig and Marc Kielburger in the Globe and Mail. The two brothers have been social activists since they were 12 years old, co-founders of Save the Children and were the ones that came up with the "Me to We" campaign. Every elementary school I know of has a … Continue reading What Fresh Water Means
I recently figured out how to get people to read my blog! Two blog posts recently addressed the flagging fortunes of my tribe and got massive amounts of feedback – Good, bad and ugly. So all I have to do is talk about the Churches of Christ disappearing and the readers will come! 🙂 I … Continue reading Re: Why Churches of Christ are Shrinking
One insight for churches and church leaders caused by the missional shift is how they view evangelism; not how the DO evangelism, but how they see it. Missional churches have a clearer picture of what evangelism looks like in the 21st century. Communications has changed in the past 50 years. Transportation has changed in the … Continue reading Evangelism in the 21st Century
What does it mean to be a missional church? A missional church participates with God in what God is doing in the world.
It's amazing how huge shifts in cultural attitudes can sneak up on us. In the July 14 Issue of The Economist (I had some time at Chapters OK?) Steve Klineberg says that people's attitudes about housing and life are changing, and changing fast! He writes that, In 2008 59% in the US said they would … Continue reading You Don't Want a McMansion?
Exile is an powerful metaphor for discontinuous change. Not a simple adaptive challenge like buying a bigger pair of pants because all your clothes shrank (go figure). Exile is finding yourself in a unfamiliar place where what used to work doesn't work anymore. Christians find themselves in exile these days. We are doing what we've … Continue reading Pictures of Egypt
I saw this image on line. For those of my readers who are from my tribe (CofC) we best fit here among the evangelicals.
With my older two sons at camp last week, the twins and I were filling in on the newspaper route. I haven't assisted delivering the papers in years but while on the paper route I saw this sign for the first time. As a believer in Jesus Christ I think it is important, if you … Continue reading Reading Our Culture
This weekend a friend of mine Jon Straker spoke at the Good Friday meeting in Toronto (a gathering of Churches of Christ) and he spoke about redefining the borders of our faith. This message encouraged many, challenged some, and offended a few. It was a wonderful call to cast off what we have long claimed … Continue reading It's not worth being right