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Developing a Taste of Place

A Review of

The Bees of Rainbow Falls: Finding Faith, Imagination, and Delight in Your Neighbourhood
Preston Pouteaux

Paperback: Urban Loft, 2017
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Reviewed by Duke Vipperman

 

If the author speaks as well as he writes, you should definitely consider getting in touch. Preston Pouteaux has written a thoroughly enjoyable manual on being both incarnational and missional captured through the fascinating lens of his beekeeping: a subject I knew less than nothing about, but which now fascinates me. Part One opens up the life of the hive, wandering bees, and the faithful bee keeper. We know that apples, avocados, broccoli, cranberries, cucumbers, grapefruit, melons and onions depend on bee pollination. Blueberries and cherries are 90-percent dependent. Almonds would completely disappear without honey bee pollination. Bees are a keystone of those crops: withdraw the bees and the crops will collapse. The collapse of bee hives across North America is a serious concern.

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Cultivating Shared Presence
 
A Feature Review of 
 

Together: Community as a Means of Grace
Larry Duggins

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Alden Bass
 
 
 
New Testament scholars believe that when Paul entered a new city on his missionary journeys, one of the first things he did was set up a tent-making stall in the local market. Day after day, he would sit in the narrow alleys of the shopping district, doing business and striking up conversations with passersby. Though he engaged local synagogues, there is no doubt that many of his contacts came through the spontaneous communities which formed around his daily presence in the marketplace.

In this latest addition to the Missional Wisdom Library series, Larry Duggins suggests that the church recover something of this model by facilitating missional “communities” – making space on church property and within church life for Christian and non-Christian people to come together for work, play, and fellowship.

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These videos do an excellent job
of introducing the new book…

 

To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities
Michael Frost and Christiana Rice

Paperback: IVP Books, 2017.
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Setting an Agenda for the
Future of Missional Theology

 
A Review of 
 

Called to Witness:
Doing Missional Theology
Darrell Guder

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2015
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Reviewed by Christopher Brown
 
 

Called to Witness is a collection of essays, papers, and lectures in which Darrell Guder forcefully develops the theological movement that launched with the 1998 publication of Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Called to Witness is Guder’s most substantial publication since The Continuing Conversion of the Church (2000), and it possess the richness of more than a decade’s worth of reflection and development. In his foreword to the book, John Franke (now General Coordinator of the Gospel and Our Culture Network and General Editor of the recently restarted Gospel and Our Culture Series) suggests – I think rightly – that the “volume will have a catalytic effect on the development of missional theology in the years ahead” ( x).

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Mission is Habit Forming.

 
A Feature Review of 
 

Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People
Michael Frost

Paperback: NavPress, 2016
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Reviewed by James Matichuk
 

This review originally appeared on the reviewer’s blog,
and is reprinted here with permission.

As I write this review we are a week into 2016. Many people have already had their resolutions wrecked on the reef where good intentions and harsh reality meet. Most of these New Year’s resolutions are about personal development: losing weight, exercising more, mastering a new skill, etc. What about making habitual changes that will make you a more compelling force for God’s Kingdom mission in the world? Can we pursue the sort of life change which will impact others?

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Our book trailer of the week, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day…

 

Vulnerable Faith: Missional Living in the Radical Way of St. Patrick
Jamie Arpin-Ricci
Foreword by Jean Vanier

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2015
 
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A New Sort of Evangelicalism

A Review of

Revangelical: Becoming the Good News People We’re Meant to Be
Lance Ford

Paperback: Tyndale Momentum, 2014
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith

 

For many years now, I have had a tenuous relationship with the label “evangelical.”  On one hand, I have wanted to stay connected and in conversation with the tradition in which I was raised. On the other hand, I was so frustrated with almost everything that evangelicalism represented, and especially how it had come to be so closely bound with right-wing partisan politics. Even today, I still waiver on whether to call myself an evangelical. Lance Ford, author of the new book Revangelical: Becoming the Good News People We’re Meant to Be, is an evangelical; he writes in a manner that will be compelling to evangelicals, richly steeped in scripture, and full of stories that will connect with evangelicals. And yet, Ford is out to define a new sort of evangelicalism.  He describes this “revangelicalism”:
 
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“If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.”
-Emily Brontë,
who was born on this date, 1818

*** Books by Emily Brontë

 
Poem of the Day:
“The Anunciation”
By
Joyce Kilmer
(who died on this date in 1918)

 
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Faith of Leap:
Embracing a Theology of Risk

by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost

Only $2.99!
 
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The Wake Up Call – July 30, 2014

“Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.”
– Marshall McLuhan
born on this day, 1911

 
Poem of the Day:
Bard’s Epitaph
by Robert Burns,
who died on this day in 1796

 
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture
by Michael Frost
Only $3.03!
 
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The Wake Up Call – July 21, 2014

“I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.”
– John Calvin
born on this day in 1509

 
Poem of the Day:
Further in Summer Than the Birds
by Emily Dickinson
 
Kindle Ebook of the Day: 
ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church
by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost – $3.99!!!

 
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The Wake Up Call – July 10, 2014