legoblocks.jpg I’ve been away at Seabeck Conference Center this past week, participating in the Missional Order conversation and hanging with the likes of Andrew Jones, Rick Meigs, Alan Roxburgh, Bill Kinnon, Pete Askew from Northumbria, Bob Roxburgh, Mark Priddy, Len Hjalmarson and others. I will be saying more about the gathering, just not immediately… I just got home on Friday evening and will spend the weekend with my kids before saying anything substantive about it. This post and tomorrow’s were mostly composed a week ago before I left for the gathering, for just this reason. And I’m tired. If you didn’t know, this is also why I haven’t been in the comments during the past week… I’ll still go through and read the ones I’ve missed, probably respond to a few as well. As well of course, I’ve not been keeping up with blog reading as much as usual. Nevertheless I’ve, had some linkage collected…

  1. Scot McKnight on Speaking our Eschatology, an older piece that I found while looking for something else. Grammar be damned, the saints are with us, not were with us… and that’s what it means to speak our eschatology. Good point.
  2. Was Bonhoeffer a postmodern? A possessor of missional vision? I loved this quote: “He who loves his dream of community more than the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter, even though his personal intentions may be ever so honest and earnest and sacrificial.” As Peggy likes to say, “How much freedom can you stand?” This I quote as a reference to the fact that sometimes the thing we want makes us uncomfortable, so that we love the idea of the thing more than the practice of it. You know, like that whole “Lordship of Christ” thing.
  3. Mary, Martha and Jesus, some reflections which cast Martha in a much better light than she normally gets as the mere foil against which the “right” actions are set. An interesting thought-provoker.
  4. How would you sum up the 20th Century in a theological overview? Glad you asked.
  5. How come I’ve never noticed Precipice Magazine before? And better yet, why on earth don’t they have an RSS feed???? (Note, just having a website is very 1997 of you… today you need a feed for it. An RSS feed will catch you up to 2002 or 2003. Don’t worry, you don’t need a podcast quite yet. In the meantime, it looks like some good content… can someone volunteer to check the site daily and let me know when there’s something I need to read? Any volunteers?
  6. Left over from last week: J.R. Woodward’s Interview with Scot McKnight on Jesus
  7. “There are 8 MILLION twenty-somethings alive today in the U.S.A who were active church-goers as teenagers but who will NOT be active in a church when their 30th birthday rolls around.” (source) I guess I’m a late bloomer. Or you can just add ten years. ;^) Actually, I wonder how that might hold across any age bracket… how many 40-somethings or 50-somethings will drop their local churches as they now exist sometime in the next ten years? The follow-on question to that one would develop this idea into a full post of its own…
  8. Archaeology and John’s Gospel: Is skepticism chic passé? — on the historical accuracy of the Fourth Gospel (HT: Matt Stone)
  9. Kay recounts a couple of snippets on Apprenticeship to Jesus
  10. Dan Sheffield says you can get a missional MDiv at Tyndale. It’s an “in-ministry” program that organizes students into cohorts for the three-year program.
  11. Back to School Chalkboard Message (HT: Sivin Kit)

Well, that’s it for now. Tune in next week when you’ll hear Nurse Piggy say

NURSE PIGGY: Dr. Bob, it’s getting worse! It’s beginning to hail!
DR. BOB: Hail?
WEATHER MAN: (singing) The gang’s all here! What the heck…
EVERYONE: Oh shut up!

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