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On Posting Dirty Laundry … about Mark Driscoll and other asundry mega church pastors.

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Tweet Recently, on Twitter and Facebook, I linked to a blog post from the former Director of Resurgence, Mike Anderson, on his departure from Mars Hill Church and his association with Mark Driscoll. It was a revealing post. It could

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Incarnational, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist

Learning how to be funny for the Kingdom: What a Christian pacifist can learn from Muhammad Ali About Witness

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Tweet Zizek, the cultural political theorist, teaches us there is no point in confronting an ideological field head on. The person who is firmly subjectified by the discourse, where his or her identity is so interwoven within its coordinates, can

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Posted in Cultivating Mission, Ideology and Witness, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist, Zizek

Stop Compartmentalizing Your Life

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Tweet I offer this advice to pastors and Christian leaders. But it’s especially important to the lives of bi-vocational ministers/church planters for the Kingdom. Stop compartmentalizing your life. I think ‘compartmentalizing’ is the default mechanism. When we get too busy,

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Posted in Bi-Vocational Leadership, Church Planting, Missional Leadership

World Vision and The Public Sport of Evangelical In-Fighting

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Tweet Watching Christians fight over LGBTQ relations has become entertaining sport for much of North American media. Because the average N American thinks about sex as a form of self-expression, such fighting appears incoherent. When churches start exhibiting vitriol, and

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Posted in Incarnational, LGBTQ Issues, Missional Ecclesiology, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist, World Vision

Membership Has Its Practices: Membership in Missional Communities After Christendom

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Tweet Yesterday morning I posted on Twitter (@fitchest) : The local church doesn’t demand sanctification upon joining. It requires commitment to the communal processes of sanctification upon joining To me this is worth thinking about because it gets at the

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Posted in Church Planting, Incarnational, Missional, Missional Ecclesiology, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist, Post-Christendom

The Failed Arizona Anti-Gay Legislation: The Lesson for Christian Mission

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Tweet I have an involuntary knee-jerk reaction whenever I’m asked to support putting the power of the state behind a Christian moral conviction. And so, I naturally reacted negatively last week when I heard about the passage of the Arizona

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Posted in Incarnational, Missional, Missional Leadership, Post-Christendom

Ecclesia Network and Me: A Personal Testimonial

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Tweet I am a homer for Ecclesia Network. I admit it. In a country dominated by large mega conferences for mega church wanna be’s, where traditional denominations are struggling to deal with the big cultural questions, where you’re either a

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Posted in Missio Alliance, Mission and Culture, Missional Discipleship, Missional Leadership

Zizek, the Space In-Between, and Mission

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Tweet Warning: A more academic/philosophical post lies ahead. May require some background interest in philosophy and political theory. In his preface to Interrogating the Real, Zizek talks about one of his key modus operandi: the idea that the Real is

Posted in Al Roxburgh, D MIn Missional, Missional Leadership, Pastoring in Mission

The Lesson of Driscoll’s Plagiarism: A Rant On Rejecting Celebrity Leadership

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Tweet Celebrity leadership is the death knell of the evangelical church in America What can be learned by yet another Mark Driscoll fiasco. Is it even worth talking about? The Poison of Celebrity Pastor Leadership Forget the issue of Mark

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Can I Play God? The Temptation That Is In Andy Crouch’s Book

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Tweet Power is a problem in our society. If you aren’t convinced, just take a look at Congress’ approval rating. For the average modern person in the West, the question is not “will power be abused?” but “when?” Western universities

Posted in Books Reviews, Church and State, Missional Ecclesiology, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist, Post-Christendom
David Fitch
Betty R. Lindner Professor of Theology
Northern Seminary
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