Church in Mission: Translation and The Bi-Lingual Community (Pt.3)

This is the third part of the Church in Mission series where I am attempting to appropriate some of John Howard Yoder’s thinking in direct relationship to the mission of the church in our culture today. Series contents | Introduction | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five So far we’veContinue reading “Church in Mission: Translation and The Bi-Lingual Community (Pt.3)”

Wendell Berry on The Earth as Other

The earth is what we all have in common. It is what we are made of and what we live from, and we cannot damage it without damaging those with whom we share it. There is an uncanny resemblance between our behavior toward each other and our behavior toward the earth. By some connection weContinue reading “Wendell Berry on The Earth as Other”

An Emerging Profession: Sharing Power In A Flattened World

Drew Ditzel asked me, along with a number of other bloggers (see below), to participate in a project he is doing for his class on emerging models of church at Columbia Seminary. Drew wants us to write about emerging churches and how they are dealing with leadership – mainly through giving everyone a voice, downplayingContinue reading “An Emerging Profession: Sharing Power In A Flattened World”

Dress Down Friday | The Looksee, Philosophy and the Leavers

Here is this week’s installment of Dress Down Friday. The Prius just turned 10! I can’t believe it’s been around this long already. Did you know that philosophers play soccer? Neither did I, but I guess some of the old standbys do. Oh and don’t forget the song about them. I swear I see somethingContinue reading “Dress Down Friday | The Looksee, Philosophy and the Leavers”

Karl Barth and the Mystery of God the Creator

What the meaning of God the Creator is and what is involved in the work of creation, is itself not less hidden from us men [sic] than everything else that is contained in the Confession. We are not nearer to believing in God the Creator, than we are to believing that Jesus Christ was conceivedContinue reading “Karl Barth and the Mystery of God the Creator”

Church in Mission: Culture and Jesus The Missionary Pt 2.

This post is a part of a series where I am addressing the church’s mission as it pertains (or doesn’t) to relevancy within culture. I am trying to build the majority of discussion around John Howard Yoder’s work in his “For the Nations.” Series contents | Introduction | Part Two | Part Three | PartContinue reading “Church in Mission: Culture and Jesus The Missionary Pt 2.”

Dress Down Friday | No Little Kindness’ Oh So Fresh Music

Our good friends from the Pasadena based band, No Little Kindness, has set about the task of writing, recording, mixing, and then posting a new MP3 everyweek until they go completely insane. Their music is wonderful and certainly worth the download, and while you’re at it check out their myspace and a review of themContinue reading “Dress Down Friday | No Little Kindness’ Oh So Fresh Music”

Church In Mission: The Problem With Being Relevant Pt.1

Series contents | Introduction | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five A big question concerning the church in Western culture is, “how do we make the church more relevant for today’s world?” We see this question get answered in many ways: from youth pastors using the video games like HaloContinue reading “Church In Mission: The Problem With Being Relevant Pt.1”