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“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 Kingdom is the Church. Huh? Scot McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy (Post 3)


Tweet Previous to this post (here and here), I’ve described two of McKnight’s proposals in his book Kingdom Conspiracy. Now I’d like to turn towards the more controversial proposals in the book: that the Kingdom is the church and there

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

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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Church Cannibalism: Should Pastors be Called Out for Pac-Man Tactics?


Tweet There are churches in America who regularly move into a new locale, set up a “site” complete with video screen, 8 or 9 pastors, an array of religious goods and services, a massive children’s ministry, a spectacular worship band

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Posted in Church Planting, consumerism, Cultivating Mission, Ecclesiology, Incarnational, Kingdom, Mission and Culture, Missional Ecclesiology

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

3 Characteristics of Missional Preaching: How the multi-site video venue works against mission.

Tweet This a part of a post I wrote in November 2009. See the post here for the comments generated way back then. I’d still adhere to everything I wrote back then yet I have further nuanced and more deeply

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Missional Ecclesiology, Post-Attractional, Video Venue

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


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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Quit Sending Individuals Out As Missionaries: The Kingdom Starts With Communities


Tweet Community as the Logic of Mission When we think of church-planting, starting new churches, or sending missionaries to unreached places, we generally think of sending individuals. I want to suggest this is all wrong. Churches, denominations and mission sending

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Posted in Church Planting, Cultivating Mission, Ecclesiology, Missional Ecclesiology, Neo-Anabaptist, Post-Christendom

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

The Start-With-Twelve ‘Strategy’


Tweet It’s a veritable fact of sociology: If you start with a crowd (50-100 people in church planting) you can build a bigger crowd with surprising speed (Most mega churches start with at least 50-100 people from another church). Because

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Posted in Church Planting, Ecclesiology, Incarnational, Missional Leadership
David Fitch
Betty R. Lindner Professor of Theology
Northern Seminary
DMin in Missional Leadership
Prodigal Christianity
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