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…