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2011: A Retrospective.

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2011 is almost past, but not without a substantial dose of perspective.

I think it is impossible for me to say that 2011 has not been the most successful year of

Winter Road in Medicine Hat

my life.  Is it arrogant to say that?  We bet it all on God and He paid in spades.  We ditched a nice house in a nice neighbourhood in Surrey, a fantastic church, solid jobs – all to chase the idea that God wanted to do something with our lives bigger than we could imagine.  We pulled up stakes in 2010 but by the end of last year, all we had was faith that what we did was the right move.  Faith, debt, and very little income.

But 2011… just wow.

It began with hope.   Read the rest of this entry »


Missional (Relational) Vs. Attractional

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A funny thing happened in the middle of my sermon yesterday.

I didn’t write this down but as I was talking about relationships being the heartbeat of the first church in the book of Acts and reinforcing that this must be a value for us as Grasslands Church, it struck me.

The debate about missional vs. attractional is a little artificial.  When we consider John 15:15, Jesus says “they will know you are my disciples by your love for one another” and think about what Peter said in 1 Peter 3:15, we are to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is in us, it seems plain to me that to be relational as a church body IS attractional.  That to put the correct focus on creating a community that truly loves one another, that is self-sacrificing to the point where there are no needs amongst the brethren, a church like this is by its existence so revolutionary and counter-cultural that people not in it will deeply desire to join it just for what it is.  That our love for one another will draw people to Christ.

So there it is.  Relational or missional IS attractional.


A Salt Collector or a Salt Distributor?

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Salt-shaker

On this stormy morning in Medicine Hat, I am reading Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church
by Reggie McNeal.  Getting a lot of thinking capital out of this book.

He describes a modern perspective of life as having “silos” for work, politics, health, etc.  In this model, “church” is one of the silos.  It is one amongst many compartments to life.  In this concept, silos draw human capital.  If you work in one, then it draws you out of another.  It means if you “get” people into your church, you are effectively becoming a salt collector.  However, missional life, the idea that you are on mission for God and are a part of His team, means that you are sent into other silos.  A missional church does not steal you away from the places you are called to be salt in – in fact it enables you to be salt and encourages you in your efforts to grow in your ability to “flavour” the environment in which you are living.

Food for thought.  I am going to have to go over the entire book and re-read all my highlighted bits afterwards.


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