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

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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 an

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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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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 Fast

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World Vision and The Public Sport of Evangelical In-Fighting

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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 publicly

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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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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 we

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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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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 conundrum

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

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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 state

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On Fundamentally Changing the Expectations of Church-Planting

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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 there

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

“God Used You To Destroy My World”: Preaching and Spiritual Formation

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Below is a repeat post from early last year after the Super Bowl. It gets at an issue I’ll be addressing in some depth at this year’s Ecclesia National Gathering: How preaching changes when we see the Bible as a

Posted in Expository Preaching, Missional Preaching

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

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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 agencies

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“I Don’t Like Singing”: What Don Miller Misses About Singing in Worship?

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I confess: earlier in my life I have had a strong distaste for congregational singing in worship. And so when Don Miller (in this post) basically confessed the same thing earlier this week, I read with interest. Miller seems to

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