Is hindsight is 20/20? I’ve discovered that some decisions actually become less clear over time. Many decisions that seemed clear at the time become more muddled as time passes. Remember: you made the best decision you could with what you knew then. Perhaps you would make a different decision now. That’s OK. You are not who you were then.
Worship is the space in which we learn to take the right things for granted precisely so we can bear witness to the world that is to come and, in the power of the Spirit’s transformation, labor to make and remake God’s world in accord with his desires for creation.
This emerging generation of leaders is not content to merely talk about serving or to praise how others have served. They are eager to jump in and get their hands dirty by serving needs in the world around them… . Whatever the weaknesses are of the upcoming generation, we should celebrate the reality that they expect faith and action to be connected.
The function of a university is, then, first of all to help students discover themselves: to recognize themselves, and to identify who it is that chooses.
This description will be recognized at once as unconventional and, in fact, monastic. To put it in even more outrageous terms, the function of the university is to help men and women save their souls and, in so doing, to save their society.
Fundamentally, our mission (if it is biblically informed and validated) means our committed participation as God’s people, at God’s invitation and command, in God’s own mission within the history of God’s world for the redemption of God’s creation… . Our mission flows from and participates in the mission of God.
The missional church is the people of God partnering with God in his redemptive mission in the world.
We are scattered, fragmented people; we do not know how to be fully present. Has not a chief measure of success become the ability to multitask? Multitasking is simply a positive spin on not being fully present to any one task.
It is part of the misguided and whimsical condition of humankind that we so devoutly believe in the power of effort-at-the-moment-of-action alone to accomplish what we want and completely ignore the need for character change in our lives as a whole. The general human failing is to want what is right and important, but at the same time not to commit to the kind of life that will produce the action we know to be right and the condition we want to enjoy. This is the feature of human character that explains why the road to hell is paved with good intentions. We intend what is right, but we avoid the life that would make it a reality.
The Church exists by mission, just as a fire exists by burning. Where there is no mission, there is no Church.
To neglect our missional sending as the church is not just to be weak on mission while possibly still being strong on word and sacrament. To neglect our missional sending is to betray the inherent dynamic of word and sacrament.