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random links

great ideas for a missional community

The Big Idea (a must read if you are involved in speaking/preaching/teaching in any way !!)

mixing mission and ministry

Old Spice Guy — still got it!

How Netflix destroyed Blockbuster…

How much would you spend on a first date?

Of Gods & Men — It tells the story of Christian monks in Algeria from 1993-96 and their decision in the face of danger from radical Islamists.

Tim Keller on the Nature of a Missional Church
A missional church gears absolutely every single part of its life–its worship, community, public discourse and preaching education–for the presence of non-believers from the culture surrounding it. A missional church’s congregation reflects the demographic make-up of the surrounding community–and therefore it gives non-Christian neighbors attractive and challenging glimpses of what they would look like as Christians. A missional church’s worship is ‘evangelistic’ in the sense that it makes sense to non-believers in that culture, even while it challenges and shapes people with the gospel. A missional church’s people are outwardly focused, so involved in the local community, and so alert for every opportunity to point people toward Christ, that evangelism happens naturally through relationships. Because of the attractiveness of its community, the contextual nature of its message, and humility of its people, a missional church will discover significant numbers of people always in the midst, ‘incubating’ and exploring Christianity. It must welcome them in hundreds of ways. It will do little to make them ‘comfortable’ but will do everything to make its gospel message understandable.

The price of Mission – JR Woodward


random Saturday links

An uprising in Tunisia

JFK’s inaugural speech: Six secrets of his success

Missional Communities Series | Post #2

Missional Community series | Post #3

minimalism vs. fear
the money quote: “…sometimes being naked with fear is a good experience. It teaches us a lot about ourselves and about life. It is scary but it awakens us. Live with the fear and without the safety net and see what it’s like to be alive and uninsulated.”

ways into small missional communities

Tiger Mother Meets Mr. Moderation

Irenaeus – and missional DNA
…a plea that we need to rely more on the power of the Holy Spirit in mission. I found this intriguing, because as he begins to works out mDNA through the book (in particular the diagram on page xx), he places Jesus is Lord at the center without mention of the Holy Spirit.To me this all adds up to a reminder that mission is always a Trinitarian venture. I think in particular of Irenaeus dictum: “the Word and the Spirit as the two hands of the Father.”

How not to choose a job.

Leading from your strengths will sometimes look unusual
So one of the lessons here is: lead from your strengths, even if it means being unconventional. You will be more effective being who you are than who you are not. In fact, it’s often the most unconventional minds that make a difference because what seems unconventional is often simply counterintuitive wisdom

(more) random links

Missional Communities Series | Post #1

Haiti, one year later

Revival: Ways and Means

So Do We Just Wait For Revival?

Death of a Church Plant – Some Reflections and Hope for the Future of Missional Church Planting

Please stop praying quietly.

Ten Most Significant Cultural Trends of the Last Decade
by Andy Crouch

for those who follow foreign policy & world news
My Father Died for Pakistan

Redknapp keeps faith over David Beckham loan

Recommended Reading for Urban Church Planters

Chris Brauns Defines Preaching


thanking God for the wrong things

random links

Great pics ! – Christmas across the globe

10 Lessons from a Failed Church Plant

$5 albums for January

keep your eyes on Redknapp & Tottenham in the English Premier League this year (mark my words!)

Killing in L.A. drops to 1967 levels
Homicides decline despite the faltering economy. The absence of a major drug epidemic may be a key reason.

GTD tips on reading material

authority & power…

very, very thought provoking blog post

love this quote ! :

“Working descriptions. For the purposes of this article I will follow Richard Sennett in describing authority as a relational bond that leads persons to give assent without coercion or persuasion because they find security in the real or imagined strength of others.2 Emphasis here is on the relational bond that leads persons to respond with assent or obedience to the authority of, for instance, a person, business firm, government, church, or set of writings. Authority inspires obedience because persons consider those in authority to have legitimate power based on their ability to act for the common good. When, in the process of social interaction, force is used, this is an indication that the authority is no longer fully in control and must be supported by other means of evoking assent or legitimacy.

(very) random links…

“I love this cover of “I Believe in Father Christmas” orignially written by Greg Lake of “Emerson, Lake and Palmer” fame. What is especially interesting about U2’s rendering is a very subtle yet thoughtful change in lyrics. What was originally: “They sold me a dream of Christmas, They sold me a silent night, They told me a fairy story, Till I believed in the Israelite.” Becomes; “But I believed in the Israelite.” About this cover, writes: Like pretty much all of their other Christmas references, this is not a happy song. It’s about how our modern world has corrupted the simple beauty that a Christmas tree can offer. Edge’s chiming guitars sound completely in their element as a delicate, Christmassy effect. Lake used part of the Prokofiev composition “Troika” in between the verses, and Edge’s guitar version of it is utterly amazing. Adam and Larry chose to go with simple, sparse, deep rhythms that help drive home the gravity of the song. When I’m watching the video they made, with the cold-looking steam and the blinking, flickering lights all over the floor, and Bono shoots up an octave to cry out, “I wish you a hopeful Christmas. I wish you a brave new year. All anguish, pain, and sadness leave your heart. Let your road be clear,” it gives me goose bumps.” —Brad Bisco

New Years resolutions…

Old habits are hard to break, and no one is easily weaned from his own opinions; but if you rely on your own reasoning and ability rather than on the virtue of submission to Jesus Christ, you will but seldom and slowly attain wisdom. For God wills that we become perfectly obedient to himself, and that we transcend mere reason on the wings of burning love for him. –Thomas a Kempis

Hipster Christmas
“Fed up with the consumerist excesses of Christmas and the maddeningly widespread association of celebrating Christ’s birth with going in to credit card debt, some young evangelicals are opting to spend less on presents and instead are giving money to charity, as in organizations like “Heifer International” — a nonprofit where donors can gift things like llamas and tree seedlings to struggling communities across the world — or the “Advent Conspiracy”– a coalition of churches that ask their parishioners to curtail the retail habits of the holidays and instead give their money to organizations that build water wells in Africa (see video below). But I would wager that for most evangelicals my age, buying and receiving gifts at Christmas isn’t necessarily a terrible thing — as long as the gifts in question are meaningful or edifying, or just good. For them, giving a friend a hand-carved smoking pipe or a copy of Augustine’s City of God is an entirely appropriate way to celebrate the birth of Christ. An album by a groundbreaking artist or a box set of French New Wave DVDs celebrates the Advent season just as much as something traditionally seen as “sacred,” simply by virtue of the fact of its being artistically excellent.” — HT: Jesus Creed

The Other Documentary on Education
“If you have a heart, this film, and the statistics on education in this country, will rip it right out of your chest,”

10 Lessons Learned From Eugene Peterson This Year About Pastoral Work

I could relate to this…
For the Hyper-Neat, a Special Strain Comes With the Season

The (Latest) World Cup Fiasco

Saturday links…

Racism and the Death of David Bosch

California Budget Gap May Reach $28.1 Billion Over 18 Months, Brown Says I thought just 6 months ago, they filled in the budget gap of something like $15 billion ??!! They did, kind of….but now this.

What is common grace?
The doctrine of common grace helps us to acknowledge God’s goodness in all of creation and enables us to pursue mission with love in a fallen world. – Tim Keller

‘Black Swan’ Director Darren Aronofsky on the Brutality of Ballet

great thoughts on leadership
The following is a quote from this. (in my experience I see people & experienced communities at both of the following extremes. For some reason, so few – actually fall in the ‘sweet-spot’ of leadership. We like to go to the extremes of one leader holding all of the power, or to the other extreme – where we want everyone to agree on all of our decisions…)

I think sound leadership is crucial and always present in healthy churches. It’s sometimes hard to notice leadership until you find yourself somewhere where it’s very bad, or where there is none. I’ve seen churches that are dominated by a charismatic leader who holds the key to everything in the church. But I’ve also seen churches so eager to “democratize” all their practices, that no one is willing to make a decision or take responsibility for it. I think much of our modern-day distaste for the word “authority” colors our perception of the role of leadership in the church. But I think the Bible explicitly and implicitly acknowledges how crucial leadership is.

Politics & Culture

Yes, Caleb & I cannot wait to see this movie…

Lowest Percent in 27-Year History Use Credit Cards Over Thanksgiving Weekend

this is how I can feel at times…You will be misunderstood

Reports and Video from Lausanne

New research from the Barna Group concludes that only 5 percent of Christians are held accountable by their church for integrating biblical beliefs into their life. It seems most churches are all bark and no bite.
HT: out of ur

my good friend Matt, suggested (tongue in cheek of course) that we do this for a worship song at Kairos 🙂 — it is called (I kid you not…) “The Holy Ghost Hokie Pokie”