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...]

Religion is Violent

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Krynn: So…  Look…  I just don’t get how you can be religious.  I simply don’t get it at all.  I mean, c’mon!  Haven’t you paid attention to the news for the last 15 years!?  Religion is violent. Who flies planes into buildings killing thousands of people?  Religious people.  Who beheads innocent people and throws the images on social media outlets?  Religious people.  Who votes … [Read more...]