Three Features of Everett Cattell’s Mission Theology

In preparation for the convergent Friends retreat this weekend I have been putting together some discussion notes on Everett Cattell. I will be presenting him as a “convergent Friend of the past” on Saturday evening. Because of this I was reminded that I wanted to post some summary remarks about his theology.  This past coupleContinue reading “Three Features of Everett Cattell’s Mission Theology”

Finishing Two Quarters with Everett Cattell

Image by Midnight-digital via Flickr This past Friday I dropped my paper in an envelope, paid the $2.63 postage and sent it off to Elkhart, IN at 4 pm, an hour before the deadline. Leaving the post-office, I felt much lighter. Not only was a six-month weight off my shoulders, but the fifty-seven pages thatContinue reading “Finishing Two Quarters with Everett Cattell”

Everett Cattell: Communication As Witness (pt. 4)

Series contents | Intro | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five Image via Wikipedia A good theological understanding of communication begins with the incarnation and John 1; Quaker Missionary Everett Cattell covers this thoroughly before moving onto a more in depth discussion of what it means for the Christian missionaryContinue reading “Everett Cattell: Communication As Witness (pt. 4)”

Everett Cattell’s Principle of Authority (pt. 3)

Series contents | Intro | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five Cattell’s understanding of authority is derived from Christ, who is the head of the church. He argues that there is a tendency in the church to choose some one authority over another. Christ as head relativizes arguments over authorityContinue reading “Everett Cattell’s Principle of Authority (pt. 3)”

Everett Cattell: Quaker and Mission Theologian

Series contents | Intro | Part Two | This is a part of a series I will be doing on Cattell and his contributions to the Friends Church and missiology. Everett Cattell is an important figure when it comes to missiology within the Friends Church. He and his wife Catherine De Vol were sent toContinue reading “Everett Cattell: Quaker and Mission Theologian”

Cattell – On the Desire to Remain Uncontaminated

I came across this quote from Missionary and Quaker Everett Cattell today, here he questions the faithfulness of those communities that withdraw from “the world.” It is a strong statement, but one that resonates with my own position on the question of the church’s presence in the world and politics (especially the last part aboutContinue reading “Cattell – On the Desire to Remain Uncontaminated”

Everett Cattel on the Great Commission (pt. 2)

Series contents | Intro | Part Two | Cattell believes that mission must start from the Great Commission, not only a central theme in the New Testament, but a central theme throughout all of Scripture. He remarks that if the Gospels authors would not have penned the Great Commission, it would not matter because weContinue reading “Everett Cattel on the Great Commission (pt. 2)”

As The Seed Falls: Building a Generative, Convergent Quakerism

This is the opening excerpt from a longer post on my Medium Blog about convergent Friends and the Renewal of the Quaker tradition. A Seed Falls Jesus, in speaking about his looming death, talks to his disciples in a metaphor that I want to draw on as we explore the topic of change and renewal togetherContinue reading “As The Seed Falls: Building a Generative, Convergent Quakerism”

A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture (2015)

By C. Wess Daniels published by Pickwick Publications Now Available at Pickwick Publications & Amazon.com in print and as an ebook. This book is for those interested in renewing their faith tradition in ways that are contextually appropriate and driven by practices from participatory culture rather than institutional-focused, top-down or based on deficit change models. Download a free excerpt fromContinue reading “A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture (2015)”

Love Was the First Motion (John 1)

At our church for Lent we’re reflection on two interrelated questions “Who is Christ?” and “What Canst Thou Say (about this Christ)?” So there’s an inner tension in these two questions: what has been said about who Christ is? Who does he claim to be? Who do we say he is? And How have weContinue reading “Love Was the First Motion (John 1)”