Quotes and Videos…

March 8, 2010

Just a couple of great quotes, videos to pass on to you that have stoked my thoughts these last couple whirlwind days.

Genesis 1-3: This N.T. Wright video on Genesis 1-3 was originally spotted at belief.net in a short article by Scott McKnight.  Both are great, but here at least is the video for those who don’t follow the link over:

Facebook: Jonathan Dodson over at Creation Project highlighted research on how the United States is connected through Facebook (pretty map included!) that I thought some of you would find interesting.

Preaching in the Missional Church: Len Hjalmarson over at Nextreformation.com pulled these quotes from a preaching.org article by Erwin Stutzman I found pretty interesting on the subject of preaching in the missional church:

1. “We own our cultural-ness, our own culture.” We join with our secular neighbors in living within the particularities of the American culture.
2. “We have the habit of continuous conversion.”
3. “We are a living demonstration of the gospel.” More than rational proof, secularized people want to see whether it is possible to live by the mandates of Christian discipleship.
4. “We structure our lives around being a sent community instead of a vendor of services.” For many churches, this involves a fundamental shift in identity, pastoral leadership habits, community formation, and orientation to the church’s mission…

Some really good stuff (even if it is hardly functional these days)!

I just had a twenty minute instant messaging session on Facebook with Shey Macnack, (one of the two students who just returned home from a three week stay in Vancouver), Zilka Gerritsen (who have offered to host Kate and I in Holland for as long as we need), and Kari Hagelganz (who is co-leading Crossroads’ Amsterdam team, presently finding their feet in ministry).  Fifty, twenty and even ten years ago, this would have been impossible, or at best unlikely.  Today the possibilities are endless! 

Kari and I discussed their budget and changing ministry needs and outlook (check out her blog!).  Shey told me she has been asked to share with the church about her time in Holland on Sunday.  And Zilka and I began making connections which I am sure will be a huge help as Kate and I actually settle in to life in Holland.  With this sort of potential, I cannot even imagine how we, as the worldwide body of Christ, might minister together in the coming years!

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