Week in Review: Best Reads

Twitter has opened up for me a whole new world of  thoughts and ideas.  I’m incredibly blessed by those who keep baring their souls and challenging me to think deeply.  Here are my favorite reads from this last week…I encourage you to read them.

David Fitch offers a compelling piece about engaging in incarnational ministry.  I found his description of Church as Body invigorating:

I want to propose however that the Incarnation is more than a contextual model for ministry. It is more than a way of following Jesus among the disenfranchised.  It is a way of engaging culture as a people. The incarnation is that means by which God entered the world to be among us. God came in the sending of the Son, and in Christ, God (re-)birthed a people by the sending of His Spirit as a continuation of Himself (John 20:21-23). In this “sending of His people,” God extends His Trinitarian work into a people who engage the world. Christ’s presence, His rule is made known by the Spirit among a people. This happens in real life as we gather around the Eucharist (where His presence is made manifest and shapes us into a reconciled and renewed people). This happens in real life when we hear (in the Spirit) the Word proclaimed and respond in the Spirit as a people. This happens when we share fellowship(1 Cor 12), meet the poor (Matt 25), receive the authority in each other’s “gifts”(Eph 4) and when we gather to discern conflict (“there am I in the midst of you) (Matt 18). In all these ways, by the Spirit, God is “with us” and in us and we become his hands and feet in the world. God forms a people for Mission in the world.”

Read the whole thing here http://www.reclaimingthemission.com/4-building-blocks-for-a-missional-ecclesiology-leading-a-church-into-mission-2-the-incarnational-engagement-w-culture/

In a similar vein, Jason Coker discusses grace received and given in the gift of a burrito.  A powerful example of how to enter Christ’s ministry of grace.  He correctly surmises,

Grace, you see, isn’t an abstraction. Rather, it’s born by the corpus of a gift. This, in my opinion, is a critical point to understand, because like most things theological, we have a tendency to abstract grace into oblivion.”

Be challenged to take grace out of the box and let it flourish in your life.  Read his post and be encouraged to this end:  http://hk2z3.th8.us/

Mart De Haan makes some important points about the wisdom of God.  Do you have it?

The cost is a willingness to yield. The wisdom of God is not marked by a fear of losing control or face. It is not stubborn in the face of reason. Instead, it is seen in the price Jesus was willing to pay to entrust himself to the Father while being led like a lamb to the slaughter for us (Isa 53:1-7). It is the far smaller cost we pay to reflect the wisdom of the One who knew that his well being did not lie in the hands of others, but in the arms and embrace of his Father.”

Consider the other factors he insists sets apart the wisdom of God  http://beenthinking.org/2010/11/06/the-goal/

Ann Voskamp provides a moving piece on the power of a legacy.  Having attended a poignant memorial service this week for a friend who lost his mother, I can commend her suggestions to you as a means of leaving behind very good material for those who will speak of you after you are gone.

Who memorizes God in the age of google?

Losing a way of life…  and losing our way….

Communing with the Holy comes in committing the Holy to the heart.”

When did I lose my first love?”

Grab your box of kleenex and be drawn into her tribute and respond to her charge http://www.aholyexperience.com/2010/11/time-to-return-to-your-first-love-make-a-commitment-booklet/

He used to fix my computer when I wasn’t smart enough to do so myself, but now he and his wife are in Haiti fixing hope.  They left every comfort here to walk in the suffering of others so that they wouldn’t have to do so alone.  Lucas Simmons writes about bringing Jesus to Haiti and captures with his camera the smiles and sadness that drew his heart to God’s heart for Haiti.

that’s why when the government told people to evacuate their tents and go somewhere safer no one did.  where else was there to go?”

Read about his journeys here and then pray for he and his wife as they direct these precious Haitians to go to Jesus.

That’s all for this week.  Any destinations in your journey that you would like to share?


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