Doctor of Missional Leadership: A Very Unique Doctoral Program if I do say so myself :)

I’ve been away for a week roaming Toronto – Hamilton – Niagra – St Catharines Ontario.  As a result, I am behind on my writing (including blog writing). So I thought I’d use the blog post this week to announce

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“No Kingdom Outside the Church!!!” My Take on Scot McKnight’s Grand Statement- Kingdom Conspiracy (Last Post)


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). Since

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


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 is

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The Three P.’s of Evangelism in Post-Christian Context

Evangelism, or proclaiming the gospel in context, is the subject for this years Missional Learning Commons. In my opening presentation on Saturday morning, I hope to exposit in three easy P.’s what I have experienced are the issues we face

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Converting from the Creation/Fall/Redemption Story to the Kingdom Story: McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy (Post 2)


In Kingdom Conspiracy, Scot McKnight challenges Christians to get their stories straight … or should I say … their Story straight. Christians growing up in the West, under the tutelage of the protestant Reformation, have primarily read the Bible (and

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Skinny Jeans and Pleated Pants Kingdom: McKnight’s Kingdom Conspiracy (Post 1)


In Scot McKnight’s latest book, Kingdom Conspiracy, he has an axe to grind. He’s doing some honest complaining. The way he sees it, the word “Kingdom” has become muddled. The phrase “Kingdom of God” has lost its moorings. It has

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The New Evangelism: The Evangelism of Presence in Post Christendom

Once the Christendom social consensus is gone, I believe the character of evangelism changes dramatically. Now it must takes place in the actual presence of someone. By “presence of someone,” I mean a space must be cultivated between myself and

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On Keeping Jesus in “the Way of Jesus”: “The Way of Jesus” as an Empty-Signifier


Last week I asked on twitter/FB Why has following in “the way of Jesus” become more a popular descriptor of Christian discipleship than simply “following Jesus?” Have you noticed? “The way of Jesus” has taken the place of “following Jesus”

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“I am a racist”: My Speech at the Church and Post-Christian Culture Conference


Below are three excerpts from a speech entitled “I am a racist” that I gave at the “Church and Post Christian Culture” Conference, put on by several Anabaptist denominations, some evangelical churches, and Missio Alliance last month. The goal of

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“The Top Ten Reasons This Will Never Work”: On Leading Change in the Church


Several times, after presenting to a group of pastors on re-shaping the practice of the church for Mission, I lead a closing session where I ask pastors to share their top reasons for why “this will never work.” Last Spring

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