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June 14, 2006



Maybee your next post in this series could be practical steps for implimenting these shifts.

Do we just teach/preach through the Gospels? Assign Newbigin as summer reading for our leaders? Something else? What are your suggestions?

I know a lot of people (i.e. emerging church types) recognise and are naturally making these shifts, but what of everyone else?


Great questions Ryan. I have only recently been introduced to Newbigin (last couple of years) but I agree that the church needs to aquire these skills. Recently, I wrote an article dealing with naming and speaking prophetically to the powers in the context of the city in which I live which drew heavily on some of Newbigins ideas. The attempt was to consider these ideas in a specific setting or context and to consider what it might mean to move forward. (I live near UCSB which was just named the number 2 party school in the nation by Playboy Magizine. The article Swimming in the Divine Chaos… » Blog Archive » the Playboy Prophecies asks questions about the prophetic nature of this type of endorsement on the overall ethos and environment in the university community I call home and what it might mean to faithfully live and speak prophetically to reshape this ethos.

I am surprised that Newbigin is not more widely read by faith community practitioners. Which brings me to another question... How wide is the gap between the academic community and faith community practitioners in the U.S.? Another question: What would your "top ten books to read" list be for church planters/practitioners looking to start some type of missional expression of "church" in a California community?


it is not about where the culture is. what did Jesus preach: REPENT.... for the Kingdom of God is at hand. Heb.10:31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the Living GOD. Don't preach any other gospel than that of Jesus Christ.


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