Category: Missional Church

People Group Receptivity in US

First we must recognize that the church growth school’s designation of a receptive people group is based upon actual, observable social occurrences. Societal change is occurring due to the presence of the gospel. People are leaving their old beliefs and accepting the gospel. Persons of peace are converting to Christ and spreading the gospel through their social networks. Groups of new believers are forming new social structures called churches. These churches are reproducing and multiplying.

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Servant or Planter?

This morning I was struck by a comment made by the brother of Jesus. James writes: “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ to the twelve tribes who are scattered abroad, be well.” (personal translation) In particular, I was moved by the fact that James did not use his status as the brother of Jesus to command attention or endorse his letter. Instead, he describes himself as a servant.

I queried my own soul and found that I do not conceive of myself as a servant. Words like church planter, theologian, and writer came to mind. Words that reflect my self-identity, words that are not servant. How do you think of yourself, honestly? What words come to mind first?

The significance of James using the appellation servant is at least twofold. First, he conceived of himself as a servant of God and Christ. In fact, the Greek reading goes like this: “James, God and the Lord Jesus Christ, servant…” We are meant to make no mistake about his allegiance and devotion. It is not to his office, to his church, to his ministry or to his family; it is to God and Christ. James’ view of Jesus is not that of a mere blood brother, but sees him in the exalted place of co-divine and co-regent with YHWH. It is in the acceptance and service of the great triune God that James finds his identity.

Second, James’ servanthood is evident in its expression to the community of faith, caring especially for believers who have been scattered through persecution from Jerusalem into the world. His letter is for the oppressed. His heart reaches out in grace. His words are in service to God and to his fellow followers of Christ.

May God redefine my identity to be servant first, to God and Christ and to others, not as a church planter or theologian.

New Driscoll Books, Etc.

A new line of books emerging from a partnership between Crossway and Resurgence called Re:Lit– Resurgence Literature — will release six new books by Mark Driscoll, along with other authors. The first book to be released in ‘08 will be Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions (table of contents below). Driscoll’s second book will be Death By Love. See more info here.

Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions

  • Chapter 1 Is Jesus the Only God?
  • Chapter 2 How Human Was Jesus?
  • Chapter 3 How Did People Know Jesus Was Coming?
  • Chapter 4 Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
  • Chapter 5 Why Did Jesus’ Mom Need to Be a Virgin?
  • Chapter 6 What Did Jesus Accomplish on the Cross?
  • Chapter 7 Did Jesus Rise from Death?
  • Chapter 8 Where Is Jesus Today?
  • Chapter 9 Why Should We Worship Jesus?
  • Chapter 10 What Makes Jesus Superior to Other Saviors?
  • Chapter 11 What Difference Has Jesus Made in History?
  • Chapter 12 What Will Jesus Do upon His Return?

These questions are answered with insights from people such as Jesus himself, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Luther King Jr., Hugh Hefner, Jack Bauer, Fidel Castro, Oprah, Kanye West, Gandhi, Homer Simpson, Mike Tyson, Gil Grissom, and Madonna, along with some demons and a porn star.