Moving on from Modernist Perspectives of Theology & Mission


Currently I’m working towards my Doctor of Intercultural Studies/Missiology with Fuller Theological Seminary. The theme of my dissertation will be the impact that missional formation (both missional learning and praxis) has upon spiritual formation. We usually focus on how spiritual formation (or spiritual growth) leads to mission. But I am convinced of the reverse as well: missional formation will lead to the church’s spiritual formation. My short time of research thus far has not led me to many works that focus on this angle. And I’m particularly considering this topic and its effect amongst emerging creative folk, which is the context of those I participate with in work and ministry each day at Visible Music College.

Tonight I was reviewing a certain work on mission: The Changing Face of World Missions: Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends. It’s a book that deals with 12 issues of change in our world today and how the church needs to rethink mission (both globally and locally) in light of these issues. It has some good stuff we need to think through as we participate in mission in the 21st century. Continue reading

Kill Consumerism or Be Killed


There are not a few tragedies in the history of the church. The Crusades, the killing of those who do not line up with the Christian faith (or one particular branch of the faith), mixing the Christian faith with colonialism, particular church denominations aligning themselves with particular political parties, the despising of 2,000 years of church history…and we could probably go on and on.

But one of the great tragedies of the church today is simply this: Consumerism. Continue reading

Mapping Your Academic Career

mapping your academic careerRecently, I received a review copy of a new title that came out this year, Gary Burge’s Mapping Your Academic Career: Charting the Course of a Professor’s Life. Burge is Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.

Thanks to IVP for sending the copy!

Now I am keenly aware this won’t be a book to sell many copies in the popular market. But anyone involved in academia, and particularly Christian academic settings, this book can provide some helpful insights for one’s career as a professor. Continue reading

Midtown Is Memphis…or Not

midtown is memphis

Memphis is a city that I believe is truly on the rise. I don’t say this simply because the Bluff City is my hometown. Some great things are truly taking place in the city. For starters, there has been and continues to be a lot of renewal and renovation – from downtown to midtown to crosstown to Binghampton, the city is in a bit of a renaissance. Not only that, but CNN (#10) and WalletHub (#7) rank Memphis as one of the top 10 cities in the U.S. to start a business. Nobody would have thought this could become reality some 25 years ago.

And don’t get me started on the the opportunities that exist in this city through music, education, and sports. Matter of fact, I believe if this city is going to continue to find not just stability, but proven success, health, and growth, much of it will need to be connected to the areas of music, education, and sports. There are others. But these 3 have a proven track record for success in this city.

In all, there’s lots of good stuff on the horizon!

That wasn’t always the story.

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