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

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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

Can Twitter Save the World? On Christians Tweeting For Justice in Ferguson and other places in the world.

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Tweet I have a general rule in my life: stay away from conflicts that are more than a driving distance away. I believe that conflict is best engaged relationally, under the Lordship of Christ, whether everyone involved is a believer

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Posted in Cultivating Mission, Incarnational, Neo-Anabaptist, Racial Reconciliation

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

“The Gospel Coalition” and Post-Christendom: Will it be a Coalition or an Expedition? 5 Years Later

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Tweet Five years ago now (May 2009) I wrote the post “The Gospel Coalition” and Post-Christendom: Will it be a Coalition or an Expedition? I asked some questions and worried about the then nascent Gospel Coalition as they emerged as

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Posted in Acts 29, Cultivating Mission, Neo-Anabaptist, Post-Christendom, Tim Keller

A Slow Ecclesiology or a Fast Ecclesiology?: Why There is No Fast Ecclesiology in God’s Mission

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Tweet I’m privileged to present at the Slow Church Conference in Indianapolis this week. I love this conference. I love this theme. The title of my talk will be “A Slow Ecclesiology or a Fast Ecclesiology?: Why There is No

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Missional Ecclesiology, Neo-Anabaptist, Post-Attractional, Post-Christendom

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

Chastening the mantra “God is at work in the world”: Lessons from WW2

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Tweet A couple days ago I posted on twitter/facebook the following (you can connect with me on fb/twitter via the side tab), To say “God is at work in the world, let us join with Him” requires a place where

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

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

On Fundamentally Changing the Expectations of Church-Planting

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Tweet Church planting in United States and Canada has been traditionally all about gathering a large crowd, making a big splash in a community and building a building.  Success is measured by how big and how fast.  Though I recognize

Posted in Church Planting, Cultivating Mission, Incarnational, Neo-Anabaptist, Post-Christendom
David Fitch
Betty R. Lindner Professor of Theology
Northern Seminary
DMin in Missional Leadership
Prodigal Christianity
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