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Searching for a way out of hell: mental complexity, wellbeing, and Bob’s Big Idea : RSA blogs

A new Twitter connection sent me a link the other day to this presentation by Robert Kegan:

Searching for a way out of hell: mental complexity, wellbeing, and Bob’s Big Idea : RSA blogs.

Be sure to check out the podcast attached to this blogpost. Here Kegan discusses the fifth order of consciousness further than he has before.

I think Kegan’s concepts here are connected to social Trinitarian theology, relational ontology, the importance of listening in theology, and are key to constructing a missional theology.
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Where Did the Term “Missional” Come From?

The term missional comes from the term mission: to go somewhere with a purpose. It is specifically used today as the latest iteration of how the church understands itself in regard to God’s relationship to the world and how God is working to redeem the world. The term is emerging as a result of the Western church coming to terms with its complicity in the colonization and oppression of the Global South throughout modern history. The Western church used to think of itself as the location in which people came to meet God. Missions was the task of the church to send particular people–called missionaries–out into the world to convert people and bring them into the church. Today, the missional church understands that the Triune God has a mission–missio Dei–to continually create and re-create and make all things new through the course of history. The church is gathered and sent by the Holy Spirit to be a sign to the world of what God’s way of loving co-existence and co-creativity–embodied in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus–looks like in the flesh. We don’t often do a good job of this, but it is the calling of the church to engage the neighbor in the love of Jesus, see what God is doing in the world, and join God there. read more

Book | The Church between Gospel and Culture edited by George R. Hunsberger and Craig Van Gelder

1083968Hunsberger, George R., and Craig Van Gelder, eds. The Church between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1996.

This book is a collection of essays written in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Many of them are in response to the work of Lesslie Newbigin as he responded to the post-Christian culture of England and greater Europe. Newbigin’s questions spread to the United States and Canada, sparking theologians and church leaders to reevaluate the relationship of the church to the Gospel and to culture. These essays and the authors behind them formed the core of the Gospel and Our Culture Network in the mid 1990s. read more

A Nice Reminder Why My Research is Important for the Missional Church

4. The internal life of the missional church focuses on every believer living as a disciple engaging in mission. This understanding makes every member a minister, with the spiritual growth of every disciple becoming the primary focus as the body is built up to participate more fully in God’s mission in the world.1

1Van Gelder, Craig, and Dwight J. Zscheile. The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation The Missional Network. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011. read more