Tag Archives: mission

“Biblical & Theological Foundation for Mission” at Regent College.

I am looking forward to teaching “Biblical & Theological Foundation for Mission” at Regent College. I am excited to workshop biblical texts and discover their missional dynamic, together with others. This is an intensive course, held January 3, 4, 5, 6, 2018. … Continue reading

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One Sermon in Two-Hundred Vancouver Churches on June 11: Welcoming the Stranger

[A shorter version of this blog appeared in The Light Magazine, Apr 2017] The same sermon theme will be preached in over one-hundred-and-fifty Vancouver churches on Sunday June 11, this year. Our theme: welcoming the stranger. I feel giddy with anticipation … Continue reading

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New Directions for Aimless Politics

Many Christians feel lost at sea this (U.S.) election. For some, the traditional loyalties that have anchored us have been severed. We have been thrown off-course, with no obvious way forward. Perhaps our disorientation is prompting us to inquire freshly … Continue reading

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A Jazz Talk | How Biblical Law Shapes Missional Communities

In this jazz-talk I speak from the piano about how to read the laws of the Old Testament, what is known as biblical law. I illustrate the nature of biblical law by comparing the development of biblical law to the … Continue reading

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How does “Canaanite Destruction” relate to mission and justice?

The most common grudge people have against scripture is surely the apparent annihilation of the Canaanites. In my estimation those who complain most loudly against this issue, including scholars from the New Atheist camp, have done little serious research into the … 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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Jesus ate his way through the gospels – eaten with a tax-collector recently?

Ever noticed how many of Jesus’ meals are in the gospels? Meals feature so prominently in the gospels that scholars have commented: ‘Jesus ate his way through the Gospels.’ Herbert Anderson and Edward Foley even claim: ‘… they killed him because … Continue reading

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