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

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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 and

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In lieu of this week’s post … Commencement

I’m so swamped this week I won’t get to blogging. I’ll be back next week. In place of my regular post, I offer this great video on Northern Seminary’s Commencement last month. Notice Scot McKnight’s excitement in the robing room

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

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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 ——————– There

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On Posting Dirty Laundry … about Mark Driscoll and other asundry mega church pastors.

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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 be

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Contextual Theology in One Diagram

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I’m in the middle of teaching Thesis Design for the Doctoral program in Missional Leadership at Northern Seminary. I’m the director of this program. This is the capstone course of the program which moves the student into thesis-research writing stage

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

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 understand

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Learning how to be funny for the Kingdom: What a Christian pacifist can learn from Muhammad Ali About Witness

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Zizek, the cultural political theorist, teaches us there is no point in confronting an ideological field head on. The person who is firmly subjectified by the discourse, where his or her identity is so interwoven within its coordinates, can not

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Stop Compartmentalizing Your Life

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I offer this advice to pastors and Christian leaders. But it’s especially important to the lives of bi-vocational ministers/church planters for the Kingdom. Stop compartmentalizing your life. I think ‘compartmentalizing’ is the default mechanism. When we get too busy, and

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The Caffeine Free Diet Coke: A Metaphor for Evangelicalism 4 years later

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Almost 4 years ago now, I was in the middle of writing The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission, and I wrote a post on this blog comparing evangelicalism to an ‘empty’ Caffeine-Free Diet Coke. I was

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Submission/Subordination – Two Misunderstood Words in the Anabaptist Vocabulary

There are two words which I find immensely important to the leadership of the church and its cultural engagement. Yet these same two words are almost universally despised by the average Western Christian because of the baggage they carry from

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