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The Two Sins of Multi-Site Video Venue: The Case of Mark Driscoll/Mars Hills and How Should We Respond?


Tweet It’s been a while since Mark Driscoll’s stepping down from Mars Hill Seattle church was announced and the dissolving of its central organization. So perhaps now, after all the Twitter fire has died down, we might ponder the meaning

Posted in Incarnational, Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill, Missional Leadership

“No Kingdom Outside the Church!!!” My Take on Scot McKnight’s Grand Statement- Kingdom Conspiracy (Last Post)


Tweet On my last post on Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy, I sketched out the boldest position of the book: “Kingdom” is always a people governed by a King (as the term is used consistently throughout the Old and New Testaments).

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

“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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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
David Fitch
Betty R. Lindner Professor of Theology
Northern Seminary
DMin in Missional Leadership
Prodigal Christianity
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