A review of some of the favorite links I ran across this week…
Post of the Week:
…goes to Jonathan Brink’s post, The Assumption of Participation. He expands the idea of participation beyond just “the meeting” to participation in God’s mission. Jonathan explains how our structures have actually prevented the kind of formation and discipleship that leads to participation in mission and have instead created a culture of complacency.
David Fitch’s post hits some of the same chords explaining how evangelical methods of salvation have not led to discipleship.
This two part video interview of Graham Cooke is full of treasures to pull out, ponder and quote. Here are the links to Part 1 (28 min) and Part 2 (33 min). Part 2 was my favorite, but they are both worth a look. There are also audio links available. (ht Br.Maynard)
“I don’t think churches can stand to have 52 life-changing messages a year and no one’s life changes.”
“What are we doing?”
“People are learning how to become hearers, not doers.”
Robbymac’s post reminds us that the kingdom starts at the innermost parts and works its way outward.
Shawn Anthony talks about the necessity of the daily reality of the presence of the Spirit for real transformation.
Len describes how spending time in God’s presence forms and transforms us in a way that is necessary if we are to be vessels of His presence.
About the Church:
Quotes by Eugene Peterson (ht Internet Monk) :
- “the church we want is the enemy of the church we have.”
- “the church in America has become an abomination of desolation.”
(looks like Viola isn’t the only one given to extreme statements)
An intelligent and thoughtful post from Dan Kimball about Pagan Christianity. Interview to follow in Part 2.
A rant by Nathan Gann about the Barna article entitled, “You Pooped in the Refrigerator?”:
“Wait are you telling me that pastors who make over 75 K a year don’t really support house churches. Shut up!”
This from Dan’s post, The Myth of Leaderless Church:
“Hey, I’m all for not having to tell anyone what to do. That would be great. But…. What freakin’ planet do you live on?!?”
Another great post to read about leadership by Kathy Escobar from The Refuge.
Series to Follow:
Brother Maynard called it a vocabulary review, but for some it may have been more like a nightmarish flashback.
Jeremy Bouma also just started a Missional Monday series based on Luke 5.
While you are there, take a minute to read about the possibility of Adopting a Pixel in order to help Jamie and Kim in their process of adoption.
Conversations to Watch is a new feature in my sidebar. It is an up-to-date, always-changing eclectic list of the top 5 posts that are on my radar at the moment. If you are looking for something interesting or worthwhile to read, I suggest glancing at the list whenever you stop by here. I hope this becomes a feature you will enjoy.