This chapter, the first in the book The New Parish, explains how we lost our capacity to be the “local church” – a body of Christians learning to share life faithfully together in, with and for a particular place...
Abstract Lord Glasman begins by organizing his thoughts around three key TMN concepts. Discerning our common good takes relationship and time. It has to be located in and with in our local communities. Forming happens inside a shared imaginative space that has been shaped...Read more
In the missional conversation, there has been a lot of talk about the need for a new imagination in the church but less attention to how imagination is actually formed and how we might get there. This paper will examine the bodily formation of imagination and will suggest that Jesus was on to something vital when he sent his disciples two by two to be hosted by Samaritans...
Terry Eagleton’s Culture and the Death of God is a dense tour-de-force that launches one through the ways modernity, in its multiple forms, has sought to frame all of life without reference to God. More than a decade ago the...Read more
The church tribe I belong to, the Baptist Union of Victoria in Australia, will be exploring in 2014 how we can be ‘Better Together’. Like many churches in the Western world, we desperately want to re-orientate ourselves around mission. We...Read more
Book Review: The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J Friesen
As a pastor I’ve served Auburn for a little over 4 years. It still feels like early days but this is the longest I have been in ministry in one place, and the longest time since leaving school I have...Read more