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Skinny Jeans and Pleated Pants Kingdom: McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy (Post 1)


Tweet In Scot McKnight’s latest book, Kingdom Conspiracy, he has an axe to grind. He’s doing some honest complaining. The way he sees it, the word “Kingdom” has become muddled. The phrase “Kingdom of God” has lost its moorings. It

Posted in Missional Ecclesiology, Neo-Anabaptist, Scot McKnight

The New Evangelism: The Evangelism of Presence in Post Christendom

Tweet Once the Christendom social consensus is gone, I believe the character of evangelism changes dramatically. Now it must takes place in the actual presence of someone. By “presence of someone,” I mean a space must be cultivated between myself

Posted in Evangelism, Gospel, Post-Christendom

On Keeping Jesus in “the Way of Jesus”: “The Way of Jesus” as an Empty-Signifier


Tweet Last week I asked on twitter/FB Why has following in “the way of Jesus” become more a popular descriptor of Christian discipleship than simply “following Jesus?” Have you noticed? “The way of Jesus” has taken the place of “following

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Posted in Discipleship, Evangelicalism, Ideology and Witness

“I am a racist”: My Speech at the Church and Post-Christian Culture Conference


Tweet Below are three excerpts from a speech entitled “I am a racist” that I gave at the “Church and Post Christian Culture” Conference, put on by several Anabaptist denominations, some evangelical churches, and Missio Alliance last month. The goal

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Posted in Mutual Submission, Racial Reconciliation

“The Top Ten Reasons This Will Never Work”: On Leading Change in the Church


Tweet Several times, after presenting to a group of pastors on re-shaping the practice of the church for Mission, I lead a closing session where I ask pastors to share their top reasons for why “this will never work.” Last

Posted in Missional Leadership

“Evangelism Must Change”: We’re not in Christendom America Anymore- Missional Learning Commons 2014.


Tweet The Missional Learning Commons arrives Nov 7,8 at Westmont Commons, Westmont IL. Come one! come all! as we discuss from a variety of lens what it means to proclaim the good news of what God has done and is

Posted in Missional Leadership, Missional learning commons

A Fresh Vision for Church Planting: My Foreword


Tweet Planting churches in Mission is a subject near and dear to my heart. It takes a different kind of imagination from the models and processes for church plantings that have developed within N America these past half a century.

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Posted in Church Planting, Missional, Missional Ecclesiology, Post-Attractional

Proclaiming the Gospel: Overcoming the Post Billy Graham Syndrome


Tweet Billy Graham has had a profound impact on the culture of Christianity in the United States. Billy’s ministry drew (hundreds of) thousands to Christ as he highlighted the personal relationship with God offered through Christ via the substitutionary atonement.

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Posted in Evangelism, Gospel, Missional, Missional Leadership, Post-Attractional, Post-Christendom

The ReChurch Conference in Canada: Check it out here.

Tweet The ReChurch 2014 Meetings in St Catharines. See you all Novemver 15th?    

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On A Third Way on LGBTQ Issues: Some Differences Between Wendy VanderWal-Gritter and Myself


Tweet A couple weeks ago Jonathan Merritt (of RNS) interviewed Wendy VanderWal-Gritter about “a third way–for Christians on the ‘gay issue.’” Wendy is the author of the new book Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church. She’s exec

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Posted in Ecclesiology, LGBTQ Issues, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist
David Fitch
Betty R. Lindner Professor of Theology
Northern Seminary
DMin in Missional Leadership
Prodigal Christianity
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