While I was away in Canada, I stopped by the Freeway Café (Hamilton, Ontario) and visited with good friends Pernell Goodyear and Nathan Colquhoun. They are so graciously helping me ungrade my blog. Coming this fall, I am changing the blog’s title to “Reclaiming the Mission .com” There wil be no need to change your link if you currently link to “the great giveaway.” I am changing the blog away from the title of my book “the Great Giveaway” and instead moving it towards its subtitle as I seek to widen the discussion and scope of this blog. I hope to continue with two to three mini-blog essays a month on topics on emerging ministry issues, postmodernity and evangelicalism. I also hope to blog two or three times a month on personal stuff I am seeing, participating in and receiving as part of pastoring Life on the Vine, teaching at Northern, and speaking at various events which I am doing more of these days. Hopefully you’ll tune in and chime in as we continue the discussion as to how to go forward as ministers of Christ in these new N. American contexts and theological currents called post-modern, post Christian, post secular. Look for the new look on the blog upcoming this fall. Thanks to Nathan and Pernell … they are true friends I could not do without.
Missio Alliance Comment Policy
The Missio Alliance Writing Collectives exist as a ministry of writing to resource theological practitioners for mission. From our Leading Voices to our regular Writing Team and those invited to publish with us as Community Voices, we are creating a space for thoughtful engagement of critical issues and questions facing the North American Church in God’s mission. This sort of thoughtful engagement is something that we seek to engender not only in our publishing, but in conversations that unfold as a result in the comment section of our articles.
Unfortunately, because of the relational distance introduced by online communication, “thoughtful engagement” and “comment sections” seldom go hand in hand. At the same time, censorship of comments by those who disagree with points made by authors, whose anger or limited perspective taints their words, or who simply feel the need to express their own opinion on a topic without any meaningful engagement with the article or comment in question can mask an important window into the true state of Christian discourse. As such, Missio Alliance sets forth the following suggestions for those who wish to engage in conversation around our writing:
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