A Baby Born To Die

Even as a person who needs my introverted “alone time,” I really do enjoy the family thing during Christmas.  It’s seriously the way we should be living the rest of the year:  in community, the lives of others rubbing up against our own, experiencing sarcasm, true service, exaggerated stories, harsh reality, fits of laughing, comparing […]

The Ambiguity of Missional Community Formation

“We have no clue what we’re doing.” Stupid statement to repeat (over and over again) when you’re trying to get people to understand what a missional community is.  Really dumb when you want people to understand that you’re starting an actual church, not a cult. The statement didn’t sit well with those who cared for […]

Pioneer Missionary Questions For Here and Now

From “Total Church” by Chester and Timmis: We sometimes ask people to imagine they are part of a church-planting team in a cross-cultural situation in some other part of the world: What criteria would you use to decide where to live? How would you approach secular employment? What standard of living would you expect as […]