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)”

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”

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.”

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”

On the City – Reflections on the Poor and Skid Row

I must say that these conversations as of late have been very stimulating, all this talk about living and not living in places of perceived danger and felt danger.  I have some last words to say before I head out on a two-week hiatus in a couple days. I am not trying to con-vice anyoneContinue reading “On the City – Reflections on the Poor and Skid Row”

Fourth of July in Skid Row

I found, at least for myself, one of the best places to spend a fourth of July Church service at – an African-American Church located in the middle of the hopeless and Notorious Skid Row of Los Angeles. Emily and I went to Central City Community Church of the Nazarene (CCCN) this Sunday and experiencedContinue reading “Fourth of July in Skid Row”

Class Journal #1 Fuller at Skid Row

June 28 2004 Urban Mission Models Class Journal #1 I was struck the very beginning of the class by one small statement read aloud and set the momentum for the whole day.  This phrase was read from what I judged to be a clichéd filled poem called, an Urban Psalm 23.  “They never look inContinue reading “Class Journal #1 Fuller at Skid Row”

Class Journal #2 Fuller Visit’s Skid Row

June 29, 2004 Class Journal #2 We arrived in Skid Row, LA’s Homeless “Containment” district this morning at about 9:00 am to find at least 10 people sleeping on the sidewalk.  One person had a tent fixed to the fence and created somewhat of a small shelter about 7 feet long and 3 inches wide,Continue reading “Class Journal #2 Fuller Visit’s Skid Row”