The Radical Movement needs a Complementary Pastoral Movement

Radical Christianity, Western/Suburban-Style Christianity Today has published an important essay by Matthew Lee Anderson on a movement of sorts now underway in American evangelicalism. Church leaders like David Platt, Kyle Idleman, Francis Chan, Shane Claiborne, and Stephen Furtick are calling for a radical commitment to the commands of Christ in their writing and preaching. Their…

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Collin Hansen on Place and Mobility

Readers familiar with Hopeful Realism will know that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the motivations behind our travel-oriented mission jaunts (the most recent reflection is here).  To be absolutely clear, in no way do I wish to provide justification for someone to just deny a call to embark for an exciting and…

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Revisiting the “We Need Boring Christians” article with Relevant (part 2): STAGE OF LIFE

[This post continues a new series of reflections on my online and print articles with Relevant Magazine on missions, travel, and staying put.  Click here for the 1st post.] Life-stage.  I am thinking a lot today about where we are in life and how that impacts our vocational thinking.  I remember as a zealous 20something…

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Revisiting the “We Need Boring Christians” Article (part 1)

  Six months ago RELEVANTMagazine.com published my article “We Need Boring Christians.”  They re-published it on the site in December—seems as though was one of the most shared articles on their site for 2011.  I had no idea the reception would be that strong.  I suppose a nerve was struck. In this series of posts…

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