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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

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

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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

Desire is Essential: A Little Riff On The “Unthought” Behind All The Sexual Controversies

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Tweet Warning: This is a post which depends on some knowledge of Foucault, Coakley, even Zizek and McIntyre. Read at your own risk. I probably can’t reply to comments asking me to outline the thought of these thinkers. Sorry ——————–

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Posted in Ideology and Witness, Incarnational, Sarah Coakley

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

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

The Failed Arizona Anti-Gay Legislation: The Lesson for Christian Mission

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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

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

5 Tips on Keeping Bi-Vocational Ministry from Imploding

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Tweet Bi-vocational ministry has a bad name. This bad name was bequeathed upon it by Christendom. Because within this Christianized world, where every body is a Christian, the pastor is looked upon as a professional carrying out all of the

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