Muslim Followers of Isa (Jesus)?

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Each Spring semester in my Missional Life course, we have some sessions around the concept of inculturation (a more fancy word for contextualization) and this leads us to look at engaging with those of other religions.

My sense is that, especially as evangelicals, we easily find our identity in what we are against rather than what (or who) we are for. I believe this easily pushes us to move with hostility toward others who aren’t like us, rather than move toward them with hospitality. Continue reading

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Story-Shaped Worship & Liturgy

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I am currently teaching an online course entitled Worship Leadership. The course explores the church’s worship setting beyond just the songs of worship. One of the optional texts is Robbie Castleman’s Story-Shaped Worship: Following Patterns from the Bible and History.

I wanted to posted up what I believe are some important thoughts of hers regarding liturgy – especially in light of the church currently walking through the season of Lent.

Here are her words: Continue reading

Why Lent?

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Christians around the world know that this past Wednesday we entered into the season of Lent. It all begins each year with Ash Wednesday.

Lent comes from the Dutch word Lente, meaning “Spring” (I think there’s some German background in there as well). It’s a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) centered around a time of examining our lives, repentance, and fasting. We do this as we remember Christ’s own 40-day period in the wilderness.

In all, Lent culminates with the weekend of Good Friday, Silent Saturday, and then Resurrection Sunday (Mar 30 – Apr 1 this year).

But many people may ask why we participate in Lent? It seems so stuffy and religious, so outdated. So why participate in it? Continue reading