“Lord, I can’t really love these people unless you love them through me.” …
I was surprised to discover an uneasy theological tension between the gospel in “word” and the gospel in “deed.” By some kind of osmosis I grew up understanding that each lent eloquence to the other and that both were indispensable.
The journey of those seeking to embrace the missional church approach is often a very confronting experience to say the least. The younger generations seem to embrace this way more readily than slightly older pilgrims. One reason is that the emerging missional church speaks easily into their lifestyle and cultural framework. For slightly older and more crusty ecclesiological enthusiasts (like me), it is a tad more difficult as there is the need to “let go” entirely of the paradigms for doing church that have shaped many of us over the years and to learn a very different method and way. (more…)