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The State of the Missional Conversation is Not Good: Has the Neo-Reformed Quit Talking?


Tweet It’s getting harder and harder to have good theological conversations around Mission and missional church. And yet, the manifestation of our many problems in the movement itself  begs for more discernment. One of the things I and Geoff Holsclaw

Posted in Missio Alliance, Missional Leadership, Missional Theology, Neo-Anabaptist, Neo-Reformed, Rob Bell

Is Tim Keller a Closet Niebuhrian? Post #2 on Center Church by David Fitch

Tweet Warning Theological Post Ahead: This post is for theological readers. In other words, the post requires the reader to work through some background knowledge in theology to get the main points of the post. Proceed therefore at your own

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Posted in Book Reviews, Ecclesiology, Missional Ecclesiology, Neo-Anabaptist, Neo-Reformed, Prodigal Christianity, Tim Keller, Uncategorized

What we HOPE ‘Missional’ Could Mean by Geoff Holsclaw

Tweet In keeping with the new format of, we are adding a second post every week. This week’s second post is this one by Geoff Holscaw. He also is a Co-Pastor at Life on the Vine Church, and an Affiliate

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Posted in Emerging Church, Evangelicalism, Missio Alliance, Missional, Neo-Reformed, Uncategorized

Is the Gospel the Center of the Church or is Jesus? Dialoguing with Tim Keller’s Center Church

Tweet Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher with the subtle promise that I would review it. I assure the reader this however has had no influence on my interactions with this book! —————————————————————————————- Tim

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Posted in Incarnational, Missional, Missional Ecclesiology, Neo-Reformed, Tim Keller

Are the Neo-Reformed/Evangelicals Niebuhrians? and therefore ill equipped for Post-Christendom?

Tweet Warning: The following is a theological post requiring citing theologians, histories of tradition, hemeneutical and cultural concepts,  in order to better understand the influences, assumptions and sources of our beliefs that shape our practice of church in the world.

Posted in Missional Theology, Neo-Reformed, Post-Christendom, Stanley Hauerwas, Tim Keller, Uncategorized

Are “The Neo-Reformed” Reformed? Or Are They Puritans? And Does it Even Matter?

Tweet As a follow-up to the post last week on Mark Driscoll’s escapade with Justin Brierley on his British radio program, Unbelievable, I’d like to respond to two substantive objections voiced in the comments (typified by Scot McKnight’s comments in

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Posted in Mark Driscoll, Missional Theology, Neo-Reformed, Uncategorized

The Mark Driscoll Fiasco: What the Latest Flap Teaches Us About The Neo-Reformed Movement

Tweet You can stop reading this post if you think I am going to review Mark and Grace Driscoll’s book Real Marriage. I have a much more boring post in mind. Driscoll’s Real Marriage book is to the NeoReformed what

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Posted in Acts 29, Mark Driscoll, Missional, Missional Ecclesiology, Missional Leadership, Missional Theology, Neo-Reformed, Post-Attractional, Post-Christendom, Rob Bell, Soteriology, Uncategorized, Women in MInistry

Scot McKnight’s King Jesus Gospel: Has The Gospel Coalition Caved?

Tweet A whole lot has been written about Scot McKnight’s latest book King Jesus Gospel. We probably don’t need another review of it. Nonetheless, since I received a free copy (in full disclosure) I need to say something . (Again

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Missional Discipleship, Missional Ecclesiology, Neo-Reformed, Soteriology, Uncategorized

Tim Keller’s “Gospel Ecosystem”: 3 Dangers In a Noble Idea

Tweet In the last year or so, Tim Keller has put forth a bold theory of engaging the city which he calls the Gospel Ecosystem (you can read about it here, here and here). I applaud his effort!! Basically he

Posted in Neo-Anabaptist, Neo-Reformed, Post-Christendom, Uncategorized

Why Neo-Reformed Theology Won’t Jive With Mission: I Plead My Case

Tweet I’m hanging out at the ecclesia network’s church planter training week. Last night, we all enjoyed some fellowship at a local establishment – and a fight broke out – ok not really. But a real good discussion happened as

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