Scripture, Tradition and Human Experience

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By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary According to Missiologist Stephen Bevans, Christians’ understanding of God emerges from a dialogue between Scripture, tradition and human experience. At times one of those voices may be more prominent than another, but day in and day out people of faith come to discover God …

Sin, grace and popular culture

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Dr. Christian Scharen, in his book Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership, writes compellingly about the challenges of discerning God in the midst of popular culture. Unlike certain Christian communities who want to put a box around specific forms of culture and label them “safe” or “unsafe,” Dr. Scharen argues for God’s ability to speak …

M is for missio dei

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By Mary Sue Dreier Missio Dei (Latin for “mission of God”) has become one of the catchphrases of the missional church conversation. The phrase itself has a story to tell which illustrates the insights, importance, and implications it has for our future as a church in mission. Missio Dei was coined to express the essence of the conversation when Christian …

M is for missional church

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From Craig Van Gelder‘s book The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit: The church is. The church does what it is. The church organizes what it does. The interrelationship of all three aspects is important to understand. The church is. The church’s nature provides the framework and foundation for understanding the essential character of the …