“But the most important issue we face today is the same the church has faced in every century: Will we reach our world for Christ? In other words, will we give priority to Christ’s command to go into all the world and preach the gospel? Or will we turn increasingly inward, caught up in our own internal affairs or controversies, or simply becoming more and more comfortable with the status quo? Will we become inner-directed or outer-directed? The central issues of our time aren’t economic or political or social, important as these are. The central issues of our time are moral and spiritual in nature, and our calling is to declare Christ’s forgiveness and hope and transforming power to a world that does not know him or follow him. May we never forget this.” — Billy Graham via Christianity Today
This is a message that I gave with Scott Bane, Next-Wave editor in March of 2010.
A bootleg copy of the opening Alan Hirsch video at the Verge Conference: Jesus is Lord…via David Park
I interviewed Church 3.0 author Neil Cole at Verge Conference in the lounge expo area.
This is part 1 of an excerpt from Ed Stetzer’s message on Disciple-making at Verge 2010 Missional Community Conference:
It is probably inevitable that leaders who are following Jesus and encouraging others to do the same would eventually start thinking and talking about becoming missional. I mean, after all, Jesus is/was the ultimate master of the missional.
At the beginning of the classic movie, The Blues Brothers, Belushi and Ackroyd have an epiphany in a church where they receive a “mission from God.” Music ensues, cartwheels abound, and the brothers are off on a “Mission from God.” It would be easier for those of us who are following Jesus in today’s culture if we could have a similar experience. There’s nothing like an angelic visitation or perpetually combusting shrubbery to cause one to become focused on what God wants us to do.
The “m” word now has pretty successfully replaced the “e” word. Instead of talking about evangelism and discipleship being the two wings on the airplane of church, if they are not in balance then the journey cannot be successfully completed, the analogy for 2010 is the bicycle. One wheel is missional and the other is incarnational. We must “be” and “do,” without colonial impulse, but with the right “posture.”
Years ago I was involved in a kind of ad hoc ministry to skateboarders. The few of us were ministering to the needs of the many skateboarders. I wish now that I knew then what I “know” now. I fantasize that we could have altered our methods to have more lasting fruit. But we didn’t have time to think about such things.
In February I am attending Verge, a missional conference, in Austin, Texas from February 4-7, 2010. I hope to be inspired. I hope to be encouraged, I hope to meet some great new “co-missional” friends. I hope to see some of you there!
This is just too good…
My friend, Larry Kapchinsky, runs a great relief organization, KidCare International. From his most recent newsletter: “For many families, celebrating the holidays this year will be an extraordinary challenge…Locally, (in San Bernardino and Riverside County, California) many poor children depend on KidCare International’s educational enrichment. food, shelter, and clothing, but there are thousands of children in South Africa, Tanzania, Russia, and Sri Lanka that would have little or no hope without the help of humanitarian agencies like KidCare International. Thousands of children die each year in these countries from a lack of the most basic human needs—food, shelter, clean water and sanitation.”