Kingdom evangelism is holistic

I'm really enjoying Redeemer's Church Planter Manual by Tim Keller and J. Allen Thompson. It's a treasure trove of really helpful material on church planting, developing a philosophy of ministry, corporate renewal, and cultural engagement.

I enjoyed this quote today:

The renewal of Christ's salvation ultimately includes a renewed universe...there is no part of our existence that is untouched by His blessing. Christ's miracles were miracles of the Kingdom, performed as signs of what the Kingdom means...His blessing was pronounced upon the poor, the afflicted, the burdened and heavy-laden who came to Him and believed in Him. The miraculous signs that attested Jesus' deity and authenticated the witness of those who transmitted the gospel to the church is not continued, for their purpose was fulfilled. But the pattern of the kingdom that was revealed through those signs must continue in the church...Kingdom evangelism is therefore holistic as it transmits by word and deed the promise of Christ for body and soul as well as the demand of Christ for body and soul. (Edmund P. Clowney, The Pastor Evangelist)

So long Dr. Robert Webber

Dr. Robert Webber, author of The Younger Evangelicals, has died.

Jordon Cooper interviewed Webber a few years back. When I think of Robert Webber I think of this part of the interview:

Many pragmatic churches, like old shopping malls are dying. Very few people under 30 are in pragmatic churches. The handwriting is on the wall. Leave. Do a start up church. Be a tentmaker. Build communities. Small groups. Neighborhood churches. Be willing to let your life die for Jesus as you break with the market driven, culture shaped, numbers oriented, Wall-Mart-something-for-everyone church. Be an Abraham and take a risk. God will show up and lead the way.

Information diet

I got a review copy of The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been a fascinating read. I'll have more thoughts (good and bad) later.

So far my favorite part of the book has come from the section on eliminating what's not necessary from your life. One chapter is on the "low information diet." The author quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson: "There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant." He then comments:

The first step [to selective ignorance] is to develop and maintain a low-information diet. Just as modern man consumes both too many calories and calories of no nutritional value, information workers eat data both in excess and from the wrong sources.


You may not want to go as far as some of these ideas but here's what I've just done:

  • cancelled some of my magazine subscriptions - I get way too many
  • cancelled my newspaper subscription as a trial
  • pruned Google Reader - always a hard thing to do (still follow 78 blogs)

Some of this happened naturally last year when I wanted to get my thesis done. Now that it's done, it's tempting to allow unnecessary stuff to creep back into my life.

Worth reading this post and thinking about how an information diet could fit into your life.

Shepherds or CEOs?

This post is from the defunct blog "Dying Church"

Sally Morgenthaler writes "about our cultural shift away from an autocratic CEO model of leadership toward a more reflexive and cooperative model, and why many churches have failed to get the memo":

Large-church leaders have been trained in the modern, command-and-control paradigm for thirty years. Here, organizations aren’t seen so much as gatherings of people with a common purpose but as machines. There is no irony here. Machine parts don’t have minds or muscles to flex. They don’t contribute to a process or innovate improvements. Machine parts simply do their job, which is, of course, to keep the machine functioning.

The mechanical paradigm of organization largely explains why modern church leaders are trained as CEOs, not shepherds.


This post is from the defunct blog "Dying Church"

LT at The Heresy reacts to The People Formerly Known as the Congregation meme:

The time has come to move beyond blaming "the church" or "the pastors" for our problems. It is easy to rail against a faceless intangible segment of the church. If we actually start identifying the concrete problems in our sphere of influence then we'd be responsible to act on those problems.