Stuart Murray, one of the leaders of the UK based Anabaptist Network, has made some powerful contributions to Anabaptist thought in the past fifteen years. His book “Church After Christendom” was the first signal to many that something very different was occurring in Western culture. Last year he released a new book, “The Naked Anabaptist.”
A group of us have been talking about this book for some months on Facebook. If you search for the group you are welcome to join us. Meantime, a good review has just appeared in the Mars Hill based pub, The Other Journal.
IN order to communicate in a given culture, you need to understand the way the culture thinks, imagines, and speaks. You need to know the heart language. One of the best ways to learn the heart language of this new post-modern culture is to see movies. Well – I also happen to really enjoy movies, and one of the interesting releases of the summer is SUPER 8. Relevant Magazine offers a review HERE. Seeing movies like this one not only gets you into the minds of post-modern people, it also gives you a connecting point – something to talk about with images that they understand.
I’ve been working my way through this confessional book by Mike Lueken and Kent Carlson, two pastoral leaders who grew a large church in southern California and then began asking questions about what “success” should really look like in terms of growth. That sent them on a journey in deeper formation in Christ, and it was a journey that took them on the dark road of encountering their own ambition and personal egos.
But there are other things in the book that have captured my attention. One of these is that in the process of “renovating” their church, they began to look at different models of leadership. I think these brothers have something to teach us. I take a look in more detail HERE.
Arlene and I just returned from a weekend family camp with people from some of the churches connected to Continental Missions in and around Thompson, Manitoba. It was wonderful to see the maturity and leadership that some of them were taking. We were also blessed by the way many participated in ministry of song and testimony.
Yes, there are deep wounds and much healing & reconciliation that still needs to happen. Please join us as we pray and learn to work along side these churches and leaders. (don’t forget to read Scott Penner’s report in the May/June Recorder)
Interim Director - Ferlin
Bert Brown - great man of wisdom
Michelle & Eric Sinclair, administrator at Key-Way-Tin Bible Institute
Nelson House Singers served in music ministry both Friday and Saturday night.
Andrew & Morgan - camp directors at Midway
Saturday afternoon was warm enough for swimming, tubing and canoeing.
Rachel and Ariel
Arlene, Debbie & Edith
Evans and his wife Debbie did the MCing for the weekend.
Tandri playing pool ball
Evans giving prize to Tandri & Santa