Why You Are In A Bad Place (And How To Get Out Of It)

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I hate to admit it, but I have had various periods of my life where I have been in a bad, bad place.  Seasons where I felt trapped, like there was no escape hatch.  The sense that my life was completely not working.  That I was doomed to either continue on the same pointless treadmill- getting nowhere.  Striving and stressing and finding no way out.  Or worse, like the roof and … [Read more...]

We Are All The Citizens of iPhone World

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  I live in iPhone World.  My guess is you do too. I woke up early this morning thanks to the alarm on my iPhone.  Later, I had a text-based conversation with my 13 year old son, while he was in the middle of a Jr. High class.  I commented on a conference, going on two states away via Twitter, and at least a couple of people noticed my comment and seemed to … [Read more...]

Pre-Christians, “Christians” & Post-Christians

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All mission is not the same.  If we have learned anything about missiology over the last few decades, it's that the culture creates the context for mission.  Different cultures= different missions. Let's look at three different types of "mission spaces" in Western Culture. Pre-Christians & Mission Yes, pre-Christian was a term used in the early 00's (largely by … [Read more...]

Where the Missional Church Misses It

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It has been years since I talked with a Pastor who didn’t describe themselves as missional. It has been a long time since I have been on a church website that didn't include the word missional somewhere in their value statements. Missional churches.  Missional conferences.  Missional books.  Missional leaders. Missional.  Missional.  Missional. Us late modern church … [Read more...]

Racism, Riots, and Religion Revisited

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Dave: What has this world come to?  God help us... There used to be a time when there was respect for law and order.  When young people listened to their parents and their teachers and the police- no matter what race they were!  Now, everyone thinks nothing of mouthing off to authority, of burning cop cars, of giving the middle finger to the news cameras, all because of … [Read more...]