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The Mission of the Church: Evangelism, Part 1

When we say “mission,” most people think “evangelism” — which is not wrong. It’s just very badly incomplete and in desperate need of repair. I’m hardly an expert, but I would like to share a little of my learning, for … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Ancient-Future Assembly

We now move to a recent book from Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative. Webber argues that the assembly should reflect how living today reflects our hope for eternity. Not only does worship point to the culmination … Continue reading

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“Believe” Bible class material from Zondervan

My church is planning to begin teaching Zondervan’s Believe material this fall. As I understand it, this is a follow up to the very successful The Story materials, which my church covered a couple of years ago. I know that … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Calvin on Liturgy. (Yes, really. That Calvin.)

Story What is the message that the assembly should communicate to the members and to visitors? There are, of course, countless good things that one might teach, but what is the over-arching goal? Sometimes we approach the assembly microscopically, that … Continue reading

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Joel Levi: “Set My Body Free”

Been looking for a better song to go with Sunday’s Bible class. Here it is.

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The Mission of the Church: The Liturgy of Contemporary Church

If the church’s mission centers around Jesus as incarnated in the local congregation, then liturgy becomes extremely important in terms of spiritual formation. That is, if God wants the church formed in the image of Jesus, then how we conduct … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Back to Wright

So I covered Christopher J. H. Wright’s view of the church’s mission a few posts ago. Let’s review. In a recent lecture, Wright broke mission down into five elements: Evangelism (proclaim the good news of the kingdom) Teaching (teach, baptise … Continue reading

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Kings Church: Transgender and Intersex

A few days ago, I began scouring the Internet for Christian resources on transgender issues. And most of the material I found was pretty useless. The church just hasn’t given this subject much thought, and I could find very little that … Continue reading

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The Afterlife: Lesson 2, focused on Rom 8 and Rev 21-22 (June 12, 2016)

Class 2 of this summer’s Sunday Bible classes: the coming freedom of the Creation from futility and a look ahead to the end of Revelation. Download: June 12, 2016 Class on Rom 8 and Rev 21-22 Or stream: “And he … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Mission and Eucharist, Part 2

We’ve seen that both Thompson and Hauerwas find that mission is built not on the individual and not on benevolence or evangelism but on the ethics of the congregation. Thompson finds this in Paul’s epistles. Hauerwas finds it in the … Continue reading

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