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World Vision and The Public Sport of Evangelical In-Fighting


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


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


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


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


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


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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Posted in Mark Driscoll, Missional Leadership

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


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

A Missional Community Diagnostic


Tweet A Missional Community Diagnostic: Some Questions To Ask In Order to Discern Whether We’re On the Right Track Over several years now I’ve been visiting/coaching and leading the birthing of missional communities. Whether it’s a one time visit, a

Posted in Church Planting, Cultivating Mission, Missional, Missional Ecclesiology, Missional Leadership, Post-Attractional

Authority in The Kingdom is Different


Tweet A Theological Excursus on the authority/power in the Kingdom versus the world. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.  And call no man your father on earth, for

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

Preparing for MissionaryHood

Tweet It seems more and more, people preparing for ministry in North Ameirca have to make a choice. Will I serve God’s mission in the established church as a member of the professionalized clergy? Or will I become a missionary

Posted in Missional Leadership, Post-Christendom
David Fitch
Betty R. Lindner Professor of Theology
Northern Seminary
DMin in Missional Leadership
Prodigal Christianity
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