Last month, I decided to start a series of monthly conversations on Twitter, on the third Monday of the month. Back in December, the conversation was with Kathy Escobar. Here is my interview with Kathy following that first experimental #missionalchat.
I did read some really good books in 2011 (not all published in 2011), and here’s a rundown of the ones I would definitely recommend (in no particular order).
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.”
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.”
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.
Yesterday I had the privilege of talking to ecclesiologist Dr. Tony Jones about his new book, The Church Is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology of the Emerging Church Movement.
I had the privilege of being interviewed (with my son Elliot in my arms, at Wild Goose Festival) by Travis Reed of The Work of the People and Alter Video Magazine.
This video comes from the Personal Democracy Forum conference earlier this week in New York. The speaker is Jim Gilliam, founder of 3dna and an Internet pioneer/veteran. The subject is “The Internet Is My Religion,” and in this short, 12-minute TED-style talk, Jim shares his personal story and how he’s come to view the Internet as his religion.
Best-selling author Donald Miller hosted a great party in Portland this week called Storyline, a conference “designed to convert attendees from consumers to producers in their lives.”
Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle summarized his entire appreciative inquiry workshop — and his advice to all of us as leaders “coaching” other leaders to do transformational work in their own lives and in their churches/faith communities — by saying these two things …