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Announcing HopeMob

07.01.2012


One of the most courageous, innovative Christian leaders of my generation is Shaun King. His story is amazing. He’s already left his mark for social good on Twitter. Now he’s getting ready to launch a whole new social platform for making the world a better place.

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It’s So Much More Than “The Conversation”

06.01.2012


On Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to visit Englewood Christian Church and join them for their community dinner, and it was a treat to sit and talk with Chris Smith about what is happening in and through the church.

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The Language of Participatory Church: ROI

04.01.2012


Next in my series of blog posts on the language of participatory church, I have to talk about ROI (return on investment).

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The Language of Participatory Church: Frictionless Sharing

03.01.2012


Continuing my series of blog posts on the language of participatory church, I want to turn to one of the top tech trends of 2011: frictionless sharing.

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Reestablishing Organic Participatory Systems

21.12.2011


Examples of this movement may not be what we consider “the mainstream,” but if we are looking, there are many out there.

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Pushback on Participatory Church

13.12.2011


There’s been a lot of great comments shared in response to my initial post “Are We on the Verge of Participatory Church?” including some great follow-up posts from Rachelle Mee-Chapman, Adam Copeland, and Dave Owen-O’Quill. Here are a few of the other more critical comments that were posted, which I think are really worth considering […]

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Are We on the Verge of Participatory Church?

11.12.2011


In an op-ed piece in this Sunday’s New York Times, former NPR correspondent Eric Weiner describes his feelings as he faces the holiday season as a religious “none,” as in “none of the above.” Weiner is currently “unaffiliated,” but he writes, “We Nones may not believe in God, but we hope to one day. We have a dog in this hunt.”

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A New Chapter in the Emergent Conversation

08.12.2011


As of this week, the Emergent Village network, which has been a life-giving part of my spiritual life and journey for 10+ years, has a new website!

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A Missional Shift in Our Thinking About Purity

02.12.2011


One of the theological challenges that need to be addressed in order for a church to make a missional shift is what Richard Beck talks about in his book Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. In short, it’s the age-old debate about Christ and culture — and how far the Church should go in its engagement with “the world.”

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Missional Conversations with … Bob Cornwall

17.11.2011


I sat down recently to do a Skype videochat interview with Rev. Dr. Bob Cornwall, from Central Woodward Christian Church in Troy, Michigan. In this conversation, Bob and I discuss Tony Jones’ new book The Church Is Flat, and Bob unpacks some of the history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and how it relates to this missional moment we are living in right now.

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