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Feb. 07, 2017

Subversive Generosity

I recently came across a stewardship angle totally new to me. That’s a bit strange, though, because it’s in quite an old book. Back in 1954, Jacques Ellul wrote that with our wealth, Christians are called to announce the truth about God. We must use money, Ellul wrote, as a means through which we testify to the truth — about
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Oct. 25, 2016

Generous Space

I’m afraid to say it, but once the aisles brimming with Halloween candy are cleared, they’ll probably be filled with…Christmas items! I’m shaking my head just thinking about it, but the holidays are upon us — or, at least, retailers want us to think they are. In today’s post, Rev. David Loleng considers what simplicity and “creating margin” might have
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Oct. 11, 2016

What Good is Work? (Part II)

The week before the seminary started its fall term, I was traveling in Scotland. My grandmother lives there and was in the hospital. I hadn’t seen her, or several other of my close Scottish relatives, for years. And yet, I hesitated when setting up my automatic email response on my seminary email. “Should I admit I’m away for personal travel,”
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Mar. 17, 2014

Discipleship and Vocation

A blog post by Jody Wendt Image Credit: Jody Wendt In one of my classes at Luther Seminary, we have been talking about discipleship and vocation. This is something I have struggled with over time. But, I feel as if I have a better grasp on it now. According to Michael Foss in his book, Power Surge, “Discipleship is about
Nov. 20, 2013

Missional Lab: Church Insider, Church Outsider

By Chase Smith In the February 2012 issue of The Lutheran magazine, Bishop Mike Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America contributed an article that ruffled a few feathers.  Bishop Rinehart opens up the piece, entitled “Insiders and Outsiders,” with these words: Here’s my hunch. Everything for me rises or falls on this
Oct. 24, 2013

Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 3)

By Josh Linman “Becoming missional will save the church.” Whether we want to admit it or not, many mainline pastors and denominations are banking on this idea. In our race to become missional, we have allowed some key assumptions to endure that are actually roadblocks to renewal. Missional Assumption 3: Faith is ignited in hearing the Gospel preached Missional Reality
Oct. 17, 2013

Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 2)

By Josh Linman “Becoming missional will save the church.” Whether we want to admit it or not, many mainline pastors and denominations are banking on this idea. In our race to become missional, we have allowed some key assumptions to endure that are actually roadblocks to renewal. Missional Assumption 2: Worship is the centerpiece of Christian life Missional Reality 2:
Oct. 03, 2013

Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 1)

By Josh Linman  “Becoming missional will save the church.” Whether we want to admit it or not, many mainline pastors and denominations are banking on this idea. In our race to become missional, we have allowed some key assumptions to endure that are actually roadblocks to renewal. Missional Assumption 1: Becoming missional should be our priority Missional Reality 1: Developing
Jul. 26, 2011

Participatory Faith by Anita Smallin

[first posted in March 2009] Earlier this week, I was reminded of an article I read about the Facebook generation.  In this article Gary Hamel lists 12 ideas that the Facebook generation has toward the world.  (For the full article: http://bit.ly/aXXHxG.) It’s an interesting list to think about when we talk about youth ministry.  As I have been thinking this