Sometimes we believe being relevant means being missional, but it doesn't. The truth is ...
When doing our research for Transformational Church, we discovered seven elements that were part of this new concept of "Transformational Churches." One of those elements is a missionary mentality.
When it comes to contextualization, everybody has a point where they think contextualization has gone too far, while others will say it is not far enough.
What do you think of when you hear the phrase "the world?" Does it elicit a positive or negative response?
In a very small (and humorous) way, the "Enchantment Under the Sea" scene exemplifies the challenge of creating an indigenous expression in a foreign environment - sometimes our expressions just don't fit.
As you probably know, this is not a topic all will agree on, but it is an important one to talk through, and I am hoping that through this series we can at least clear away some of the misconceptions that are often attached to this conversation.
In all of the discussion and debate revolving around the issue of contextualization most will agree that knowing the truth of the gospel is not enough, but that we are called by God to also make it known to make disciples.
I think that the current challenge of evangelism is why an increasing number of people do not think they have the gift.
Today, we talk more about the danger and necessity of contextualization and engaging culture. One of the first issues has to be what is contextualized and what is not.
I will spend several posts sharing my thoughts on the nature of contextualization and the need to contextualize. The place to start in this conversation is with an understanding of culture.
In this concluding post, I'll demonstrate why I think we need better structures as well, if we want to fully involve all of God's people in all of God's mission.
As we continue considering how we might involve all of God's people in all of God's mission, we should consider what it means to convey better understandings of the role of God's people on mission.
Words have meaning. Well, unless you are into the verbal gymnastics of the postmodern extreme.
Everyone wants to have "Every member in ministry," but our lack of success is seen by our ongoing purchasing of books and continuous attending of seminars designed to cure that very plague.
That's a theme for us now - building a new reputation of sharing and showing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Most guys like sports, and Christians aren't any exception. In fact there appears to be a real influence of faith in sports, and even (for good or bad) sports in faith.
Either men like Leeman are not putting much effort into understanding missional thinkers, or some missional thinkers are not being clear enough. My guess is, guys like Leeman can try harder, and some missional thinkers could be more clear.
With all of the growth in this world, it was inevitable that someone who try to break into the world with a Christian presence.
Over the past couple of years there has been a lot of passionate discussion about inappropriate language in the pulpit.
My tweet about President Obama seemed to garner a response from my colleagues in the Twitter-sphere and on my Facebook page, but not much beyond that.
Because I love the church, and hate it when we get distracted from what matters most to God, I decided to share more of my thoughts concerning the perennial war over worship.