Category Archives: preaching

Preaching Deuteronomy missionally: An eight week series.

Are you interested in going deeper in missional preaching? At the  ‘A Missional Reading of Scripture Conference’, Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, Nov. 2013, I presented a workshop, ‘Church for the Thriving of the World: Preaching Deuteronomy Missionally.’ This included outlining … Continue reading

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An Extraordinary Conference (at which I get to speak): A Missional Reading of Scripture

A Missional Reading of Scripture Conference: November 20-21, 2013, Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids. Plenary speakers: Chris Wright, N. T. Wright, Mike Goheen, Darrell Guder. Workshop presenters: Tyler Johnson, Chris Gonzalez, Scot Sherman, Chuck DeGroat, Gayle Doornbos, John Franke, George Hunsberger, … Continue reading

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“Blessed are those who mourn”… the mourners are aching visionaries – Nicholas Wolterstorff

‘“Blessed are those who mourn.” What can it mean? One can understand why Jesus hails those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, why he hails the merciful, why he hails the pure in heart, why he hails the peacemakers, why he … Continue reading

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Four strategies for leading a church into mission cont.

In this series of blogs I humbly offer four strategies for mobilising a local church into mission: Preach for it Pray for it Worship for it Model it In my previous blog I discussed two of these strategies; here I discuss … Continue reading

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Four strategies for leading a church into mission

Can I humbly offer four strategies for mobilizing a church for mission? I offer these in light of scripture and from the shared experience of various missional pastors. (In my last blog I offered two vital questions that occupy the … Continue reading

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Two vital questions that missional pastors obsess about

Pastors who lead their churches into the mission of Christ don’t do so by accident, it seems to me. These pastors are obsessed—obsessed by two questions. Two vital questions dominate the life, study and ministry of missional pastors: What is … Continue reading

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Shameless Plug for ‘Pastorum’ (a terrific missional church conference at which I am speaking)

May I make a shameless plug recommending Pastorum, a conference on missional church at which I am speaking? The blurb reads: You’re invited to join 10 internationally-recognized scholars [true in almost every case but me… sadly]… in Chicago to study … Continue reading

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The Olympics: gold medals and hard reality. Christians are called to celebration and grief.

It is easy to forget the world’s grief and brokenness during an Olympic games. For there is so much that entertains: The iron smelted Olympic rings of the opening ceremony; the strange gate-crasher dressed in bright red who gaily led … Continue reading

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Voice for the Voiceless

Speaking the words of Christ includes giving voice to the voiceless. This theme runs through the heart of the Old Testament. The law insists upon it, the prophets rail against Israel’s failure in this regard. The church too has a … Continue reading

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Larry Norman explains the gospel from the piano – brilliant.

Larry Norman explains the gospel from the piano. Brilliant, creative, true, funny, moving. It echos Newbigin’s words: ‘Christ is the clue to creation’. Genius – and so young. Thanks to my friend Bruce Meller for the link.

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